I have total adrenal failure, along with other endocrinological problems (premature ovarian failure meaning that I produce no sex hormones, and also very low / borderlerline thyroxine levels). I have taken a lot of short doses of prednisilone over the years, but have never been on steroids on a constant basis. I generally manage to steer clear of them in the late spring / summer when the cold virus isn't as rife.
Anyway, my endocrinologist has suggested that all my problems are down to prednisilone use, and that my adrenals would ""kick start"" again once I was off the steroids for a while. This hasn't happened - I had three adrenal function tests over the space of last year, and every time it just flat-lined. I am producing no natural steroids at all. I have been on replacement cortisol, in the form of 20mgs hydrocortisone, for about 10 months.
I wanted to ask, has anyone else had adrenal failure, or adrenal insufficiency? Have you seen an endocrinologist about it? Have your thyroid hormones or sex hormones been affected?
Does anyone know, can short but fairly frequent doses of preds cause your adrenal glands to totally pack in and never recover? My endocrinologist just seems to want to attribute everything to my pred use - I think he is being quite lazy in taking this line, and not looking into things enough.
I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has adrenal problems that have been attributed (rightly or wrongly) to their steroid use.
Many thanks in advance,