The adrenal glands can be found at the top of the kidneys and their primary function is to deal with the release of various hormones. If these glands fail to generate enough of the hormone, or indeed if they produce too much, it can lead to problems. A number of different adrenal gland disorders can stem from this type of issue.
Some of the different types of adrenal gland disorder include Cushing’s Syndrome, Addison’s Disease, and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. The hormones that are released by the adrenal glands are aimed at aiding a range of bodily functions including controlling metabolism, regulating salt and water levels, helping to deal with stress, and maintaining the body during pregnancy.
The signs and symptoms of adrenal gland disorders can vary based on the type of disorder. For instance, with Cushing’s Syndrome the symptoms can include thin arms and legs but fat around the neck and face, raised blood pressure, depression and low mood, and weakness in the muscles or bones. With Addison’s Disease, the symptoms may include weakness and fatigue, loss of weight, nausea, dark patches on the skin, salt cravings, and dizziness. With pituitary tumors, some of the symptoms and signs may include headaches and vision problems, reduced libido, and male impotence. Each type of adrenal gland disorder has its own set of common signs and symptoms.
Likewise, the treatment for these disorders can vary based on the type of disorder you are suffering from. Commonly drugs are used to help control hormone production and for some types of condition you may need to take hormone replacement drugs. Medics will also look at what may be causing the problem, as it is important for the root problem to be addressed wherever possible. In some cases, surgery may be necessary – for instance, for the removal of tumors in the adrenal glands. Once a diagnosis has been made and the underlying cause of the issue has been determined, your doctor will then be able to discuss the treatment options with you more clearly.
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