Once your doctor analyzes your symptoms and medical history, they will perform a physical examination and order blood tests, insulin-induced hypoglycemia tests, and adrenocorticotrophin hormone stimulation tests to measure the body’s hormone and mineral levels. You will also require imaging studies, such as MRI and CT scans, to look at the dimensions of the adrenal glands and pituitary glands.
If deemed necessary, they may order alternative tests for secondary adrenal insufficiency.
Treatment consists primarily of hormone replacement therapy to correct the levels of steroid hormones that your body is not making, using oral medications such as:
- Cortisone acetate.
Your doctor may also recommend taking dehydroepiandrosterone to improve your mood and restore your sexual desire.
In the event of an Addisonian crisis, you will be injected with hydrocortisone, saline solution, and dextrose to restore blood pressure and regulate blood sugar and potassium levels.
For your safety and well-being, you must carry steroids, your medications, and glucocorticoid injections with you in case of an emergency.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.