Addison’s disease is a rare, chronic condition brought about by the failure of the adrenal glands. With the right balance of daily medication, most people with the disease are able to continue life much as it was before their illness Symptoms include low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, salt cravings and painful muscles and joints. Because of the rather non-specific nature of these symptoms and their slow progression, they are often missed or ignored until, for example, a relatively minor infection leads to an abnormally long convalescence which prompts an investigation.
Meeting a medical practitioner: Addison’s disease is treated with medication to replace the missing hormones. You'll need to take the medication for the rest of your life. With treatment, symptoms of Addison's disease can largely be controlled. Most people with the condition live a normal lifespan and are able to live an active life, with few limitations.
Early-stage symptoms of Addison’s disease are similar to other more common health conditions, such as depression or flu. You may experience fatigue (lack of energy or motivation), muscle weakness, low mood, loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss, increased thirst.Over time, these problems may become more severe and you may experience further symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, cramps and exhaustion. You may also develop small areas of darkened skin, or darkened lips or gums.Although these symptoms aren’t always caused by Addison’s disease.