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Adrenal Insufficiency When Discontinuing Replacement Steroids

Question: My last ACTH was normal at 19.6 and I was taken off cortisone. I had severe adrenal insufficiency and was put back on small doses of cortisone for two months. It has now been almost a year and I suffer symptoms such as generalized pain/aches/soreness, loss of appetite, lack of energy, etc. My understandingContinue Reading

Cold Symptoms During Recovery

Question: I am recovering from Cushing’s and I feel like I have a cold, but don’t seem to be running a fever. Does Cushing’s have something to do with this? Answer: After correction of the hypercortisolism and during the immune system rebound period, the body is in fact protected from viruses, such as those causingContinue Reading

Difference Between Withdrawal Symptoms and Adrenal Insufficiency

Question: How does one tell the difference between withdrawal symptoms, that go with recovery from Cushing’s, versus the more dangerous situation of not having enough cortisol? Answer: The withdrawal syndrome that suggests cure after surgery is not associated with changes of the vital signs, such as a decrease in blood pressure, that signify danger. CarefulContinue Reading

Glucosamine/Chondroitin and Steroid Withdrawal

Question: Will the glucosamine/chondroitin that supposedly helps arthritis help with the pain and stiffness of steroid withdrawal? Is there any harm in trying it? Answer: Glucosamine and chondroitin are chemical components of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues that form the joints and muscle attachments. Some people with arthritic joint pain appear to benefitContinue Reading

Navigating the “Grey Areas” Post-Treatment Re: Cortisol Replacement

Question:  I have had persistent Cushing’s since 2012.  I’ve had a couple of surgeries, radiation, and about 18 months of medical therapy.  I came off that when the radiation seemed to be working – I was losing weight, my hair was growing back, and I could sleep.  I’m currently just shy of three years postContinue Reading