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Teresa @hopeful33250
No, my Dr did not mention autoimmune in any context. The difficult part is the Dr has been unable to explain what chain of events would make me suddenly adrenal insufficient.

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Hi Patricia, @pagray24

I can understand your concerns and your questions. You might send a message to your doctor and see if he/she can give you more of an explanation. Also, sometimes it is a good idea to do a little research before talking with a doctor.

What sort of online research have you done on this disorder? Do you have any family members with a similar diagnosis?


Hello again, Teresa,
Thanks for continuing the dialogue. Usually secondary (I do not have Addisons) AI is linked to pituitary issues. I was scanned and do not have a tumor. The Dr said he was not able to explain why it came on suddenly. I do not have any family with this disorder.
I have done quite a bit of research. I have a medical background so I use medline, medscape, nih, etc.
What tools do use most?

Hello Patricia (@pagray24), I have no medical training or background but I did a little searching and found references discussing adrenal insufficiency (Addison's Disease) that point out that is caused by an autoimmune disease. Here is a list of a few sites that I found with the information:

National Institute of Healh site:

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation:

Pituitary Network Association:

Autoimmune health related problems can be difficult to pin down. I like that you are being your own advocate and searching for answers. I like to use Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/) when doing research mainly because it finds articles and research information/studies and allows you to show the most current links for information by selecting the year at the left side of the links shown.

I don't have the answer for your question on when to take hydrocort (Cortef) and Dexilant but I'm wondering if just a simple call to your local pharmacist may be able to help to see if they have a recommendation.

Hoping you find an answer soon.