Addison’s disease is a condition where the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones. In this article, we outline the symptoms.
Diagnosing Addison’s disease, also called adrenal insufficiency, can take some time because the initial signs and symptoms are similar to several other conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, the flu, and depression.
Signs and symptoms tend to develop slowly and may take some time to be recognized.
Fainting is one of the more dramatic symptoms of Addison’s disease.
Initial signs and symptoms include:
lack of motivation, lack of drive
drowsiness and lethargy
mild depression, changes in mood and personality
hypovolemia – or low blood volume
unintentional weight loss
loss of body hair
lack of appetite
hypotension – low blood pressure
difficulty in standing up
muscle and joint pain
craving for foods with a high salt content, due to urinary loss of sodium
hypoglycemia – low blood sugar
irregular menstrual periods, in some cases periods are missed completely
sexual dysfunction (in women)
psychosis (very rare)
Some individuals may experience orthostatic hypotension, a sudden drop in blood pressure, especially when going from seating or lying position to standing. TYhis can cause fainting.