Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Worst treatment plan ever

I just met with a client.  An intelligent, lovely, young woman who is struggling with many physical symptoms.  She has been attempting to improve her quality of life for five years.  She has seen ten or more doctors.  In an effort to discover what was wrong, she went to a very well respected medical institution.  She presents with nearly every symptom of adrenal insufficiency and was diagnosed with POTS.  Her 9 am cortisol was 8.  She was given Florinef and the information below.

When I read this "treatment plan", I cried.  I cried for her and I cried for me and I cried for all of you (don't get the wrong idea, I didn't sob for hours.  It was a few tears for each of us) who have been mistreated by physicians who have "great" reputations and very little knowledge.  

This woman was nearly at the point of "definitive adrenal insufficiency" with her cortisol results but was not given an ACTH stimulation test.  She was told to meditate and read for 20 minutes a day.  This was in 2015, we are nearly to 2017.  So much life wasted because a doctor only looked at lab ranges and had no idea about the circadian rhythm of cortisol in the human body.  No amount of reading inspirational crap nor meditation has ever been documented to cure adrenal insufficiency.  Worst treatment plan ever.

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