I didn’t want to be right, but…
My doctor called this evening. Yesterday’s cortisol test was very worthwhile. My original theory was correct, though I called it adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is clinical presentation of my symptoms without actual blood findings of low cortisol. I have adrenal failure. Adrenal failure is consistent with my symptoms and blood-diagnosed low cortisol. Very low. It’s known as Addison’s disease, or hypocortisolism, or adrenal failure, or adrenal insufficency.
Most adrenal failure in people like me who don’t take steroids is associated with autoimmune disease. It’s very treatable, praise God, with hydrocortisone. It’s a relatively rare disease, occurring in 1 in 40,000 people. That equals around 7,500 of us in the United States.
I’ll begin treatment in three weeks. I’m also estrogen-depleted; the two in this case are independent, and I’m taking increased estrogen. I hope nobody bombs the pharmaceutical factories.
I need to be protected from stress until I start on the hydrocortisone three weeks from now. I become stressed talking or writing to friends about my health. I will continue to post updates on my blog.
Thanks for your love and support and prayers. It is a terrible bane to me that I love but cannot enjoy my brethren right now. This has been a deeply special time for me to know very strongly God’s perfect power to keep His Church, despite the defects of her members.