Addison's Disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Acute Pancreatitis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Addison's Disease.

Addison's disease is a disorder that happens when your adrenal glands don’t produce enough cortisol and aldosterone. Symptoms of Addison’s disease include extreme fatigue, weight loss, decreased appetite, darkening of the skin, low blood pressure, fainting, salt craving, low blood sugar, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle or join pain, irritability, depression, loss of body hair and sexual dysfunction in women. Addison’s disease can be misdiagnosed as acute pancreatitis, exogenous glucocorticoid exposure, pituitary pathologies, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic dyspepsia.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Hyperpigmentation, low blood pressure, fainting, salt craving, hypoglycemia, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, weight loss, decreased appetite, muscle or joint pains, irritability, depression, behavioural symptoms, body hair loss, sexual dysfunction in women

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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