I've just escaped from hospital following an emergency admission for acute adrenal insufficiency (well it makes a change from being in for the asthma and I got to see another part of the hospital... (sorry, it also appears to have warped my sense of humour)).
I've been told it happened because my prednisolone was cut down too sharply too quickly (I've been on a high dose for over six weeks and was taken down to 10mg) whilst other meds were tried (my severe/brittle asthma is uncontrolled at the moment so I'm under a resp. consultant).
It shook me how unwell I got very quickly without being able to really explain exactly how I felt other than knowing something was wrong and feeling really unwell with a list of symptoms that could be linked to all sorts of things. Thankfully I have a fantastic GP who was really on the ball, didn't dismiss my symptoms and got advice from an endocrine specialist at the hospital - I was admitted immediately, put on a drip, given IV steroids etc and monitored closely.
I'm feeling a bit better now (still got all the asthma issues...) but I've been put back on a high dose of pred and I've been scaring myself reading about this on the Internet (I should have listened in Biology at school - I had no idea even where my adrenal glands were....). My questions: is this common, is it as serious as the info I've found makes out (in which case I have to thank my GP even more than usual), will I have problems coming off the pred again, will it have any long-term implications?