​Addison's Support Advocacy and Forum


aDDISON'S dISEASE OR ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY


If you have found this page, most likely you suspect that you or someone you love has Addison's disease and is undiagnosed or has Addison's disease and is poorly managed.  The symptoms of poorly managed Addison's are the same as undiagnosed Addison's.  Addison's can present with other diseases which can complicate matters but the basic problems are those that are listed below.  A person can have one or, less frequently, all symptoms.


  • Inappropriate fatigue
  • Depression
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Salt craving
  • Orthostatic hypotension (light headedness upon standing) or incredibly low blood pressure
  • Gradual weightloss
  • Inappropriate sleep, too much or insomnia
  • Poor immunity
  • Impaired cognitive function 
  • ​Common laboratory findings:  low sodium, high potassium, high calcium, low blood sugar


​Consensus statement on the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with primary adrenal insufficiency 2013