- Stress: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
- Stress: Your bodies way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which in turn rouse the body for emergency action.
But, if you have adrenal insufficiency, your body doesn’t produce the hormones needed to handle stress. I have adrenal insufficiency and it is a life-threatening illness.
I could go on and on about stress, but most people only think of the normal stress that everyone experiences on a day to day basis. The stress that aggravates you, puts you in a bad mood, makes you cross with your family or co-workers can land me in the emergency room. An injury or illness can stress out my body so quickly that I don’t see it coming.
Several years ago, my Father-In-Law was suffering from cancer and was moved to a nursing home. We had out of town family staying at our house, and when he passed away we had all the planning and arrangements to take care of. A very stressful time. My family kept a close eye on me, made sure I “stress dosed” and got enough rest. I made it through the whole thing perfectly. Two weeks later, my cat died. I ended up in the hospital with my worst adrenal crisis to date. Dangerously low potassium, sodium and blood pressure.
Another incident that lead to an adrenal crisis was food poisoning. A UTI threw me in the emergency room with no warning also.
If you have adrenal insufficiency, you must always be prepared! Let people around you understand the importance of your emergency injections, and getting you to the hospital quickly for IV steroids and treatment.
You never know what can start an adrenal crisis, be aware of what your body is telling you. Don’t ever think you can “ride it out” and get better on your own. Go to the hospital!