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    Anyone familiar with Addisons Disease? My mom found it while trying to help me figure out if I should be going to see a doctor. I fell over earlier after seeing spots. My bp has been around 94/64 for awhile now. Thoughts? I read too much on the internet so I made myself stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ritzbit2 View Post
    Anyone familiar with Addisons Disease? My mom found it while trying to help me figure out if I should be going to see a doctor. I fell over earlier after seeing spots. My bp has been around 94/64 for awhile now. Thoughts? I read too much on the internet so I made myself stop.
    Ritz-- Addison's is an AI disease that affects your adrenal glands. But yes-- stop! No more Doctor Google! There is obviously something going on, and when a new crop of symptoms pops up like this, it's definitely time to make an appointment with your internist/primary care doctor. He will be able to assess your constellation of symptoms, perform preliminary tests, and refer you to the proper specialist if necessary. I know you worry that you bug him too much, but I would say that you have enough going on that now is definitely the time to make an appointment.

    Also, re the blood pressure, I wouldn't stress too much about that right now. That's still within normal range, even though it is on the low side for you. Actually, that is about my normal blood pressure (I tend to run on the low end). But since you're having some hypotensive symptoms, and it's low for you, that's another factor weighing in favor of you making an appointment first thing Monday.

    (To be honest, I read too much on the internet, too. I think it comes with the territory.)

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    Yes step away from the Google, but I am guilty of it as well. Addison's was what popped into my head when I read your bp stats. I approached my PCP about Addison's two weeks ago; she was not willing to test out since I had one symptom (darker patch of skin). Jokingly I told her that if I died from an Addisonian Crisis it was on her head. But seriously, the internet is both a blessing and curse esp in healthcare. Yes, we're happy that patients are more pro-active when it comes to their health; OTOH they do come in with the most "out there" diseases because they googled and are convinced they have some rare condition that needs to be reported to the CDC.

    Still any new symptom(s) needs to be reported and don't worry about bugging the doc - that's what he's paid for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritzbit2 View Post
    ... that from the results from your other doctor your TSH is mildly elevated...
    That's what I heard a lot of. As Manderson and Derrie have mentioned, don't fret the Addison's. Just the thyroid getting out of whack can do all sorts of "odd" symptoms like you're experiencing. The thyroid regulates all sorts of stuff, including blood pressure and blood sugars. Just using a TSH test is not sufficient to use for a diagnosis. The "best" way is a basal body temperature test, though most docs (not forgetting the patients) don't wanna go through that, and the TSH, T3 & T4 tests are usually good enough to follow "progress" with, after the initial "full battery" of tests for diagnosis, which would include lipids and minerals, among other tests that I can't remember the names of anymore... (bad "fogbank" again today)
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    You know, I just went to the Endo and with just a low T4 and my symptoms he put me on synthroid and is running labs for Hashimoto's. He didn't even need any prodding from me. Just listened to my symptoms and did a brief exam and knew what to do. I'm so glad I was able to get into the Endo.

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    My doc is reordering the tests because he found out they only ran the TSH and said he needs a free T4 test along with it to know if I need medicine or not. I also went to my pulmonologist today for my yearly appointment and she is sending me to get tests done with cardiology to see if they can FINALLY find out why I still get so short of breath and have a high heart rate. They're basically doing a stress test, and maybe a Holter moniter test. If they find nothing there they're going to do a similar test only monitoring my breathing to see if I have asthma, which I think could be a possibility. Two of my brothers have asthma. Hopefuly I can get in my tests soon to figure it out so I don't have to keep worrying about it every now and again when it starts acting up really bad. Now off to get the blood work done! lol
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    Yay, Ritz, I'm glad you're getting the proper tests done! Let us know how they go, okay?

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    glad you are getting progress.
    sometimes the road is very long.
    but atleast you are walking in the right direction, this time.

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    Ritz,
    Finally, some progress. They seem to finally be listening to you!
    I know that you are in classes from FB. I'm glad that worked out and you seem to have some good and interesting classes.
    Keep going forward!
    Hugs,
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    Sorry I didn't get back to you guys lol I have been a little wrapped up with school starting and what not. My doc said the tests came back a little bit off but not enough that it would make him think anything is wrong. My antibodies were higher than the last time they every checked them, but they are still within normal range so he said he just wants to check it all again in 3 months to see how it looks then. Other than being completely drained from a weird sleep schedule and a few other small odd ball problems I am feeling pretty good now maybe the issues were some weird thing? I'm sure those things can get out of wack for a few days and get back to normal. Im not sure, I dont really know much about the thyroid yet lol
    "A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends."~ Kin Hubbard

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    Medications: 400mg Plaquenil, 2000mg Cellcept, 60mg Nifedipine, Nitroglycerin Patch, 20mg Prilosec, Trazadone, 8mg Medrol, 81mg Asprin.

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