Addison's disease (also known as chronic adrenal insufficiency, or hypocortisolism) is a rare endocrine disorder which results in the body not producing sufficient amounts of certain adrenal hormones. The condition was first described by British physician Thomas Addison in his 1855 publication: On the Constitutional and Local Effects of Disease of the Suprarenal Capsules. Those who have Addison's are often referred to in research and informational articles as "Addisonians." Characterist ...
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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms of Addison''s disease usually develop slowly, often over several months, and may include: Muscle weakness and fatigue Weight loss and decreased appetite Darkening of your skin (hype...
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Causes
... Your adrenal glands are composed of two sections. The interior (medulla) produces adrenaline-like hormones. The outer layer (cortex) produces a group of hormones called corticosteroids, which include ...
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When to seek medical advice
... If you have severe fatigue, have unintentionally lost weight, feel progressively weaker, experience abdominal pain, have fainting spells and your skin has become darker, see your doctor to determine w...
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Screening and diagnosis
... Your doctor will talk to you first about your medical history and your signs and symptoms. If your doctor thinks that you may have Addison''s disease, you may undergo some of the following tests: Bloo...
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