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Living with Adrenal Insufficiency

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Adrenal insufficiency occurs when your adrenal glands don’t make enough of certain vital hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can be either primary (also known as Addison’s disease) or secondary (related to malfunction of the pituitary gland). A dangerous complication of adrenal insufficiency is an adrenal crisis, caused by insufficient levels of cortisol. An adrenal crisis can be brought on by physical stress to your body, such as infection, dehydration, trauma, or surgery, or not taking your medication properly.

Someone having an adrenal crisis may exhibit profound weakness, headache, sluggish movement, nausea or vomiting, or shaking chills. Untreated, an adrenal crisis can lead to shock, coma, or even death. It is critical that you are treated immediately with an injection of stress dose hydrocortisone. That’s why all leading practitioners recommend that you always wear a medical ID.

In an accident or medical emergency like adrenal crisis, your MedicAlert ID will immediately alert emergency personnel to your condition. First responders are trained to look for a medical ID and to contact MedicAlert. MedicAlert’s 24/7 response team will relay your complete emergency health profile to the people caring for you to ensure you get the correct treatment as quickly as possible.

If you are living with adrenal insufficiency, a MedicAlert ID could save your life.

Benefits of a MedicAlert ID and Membership
for people living with adrenal insufficiency:

  • We’re Your Voice: If you have an accident or medical emergency and can’t speak for yourself, your ID informs others about your condition.
  • 24/7 Emergency Protection: Our team will relay your critical medical information to first responders in an emergency, no matter where or when it happens.
  • Stay Connected: No one should be alone in their moment of need. MedicAlert will reach out to your emergency contacts when needed if you are unable to do so.
  • Peace of Mind: Enjoy the confidence to live your life with adrenal insufficiency, knowing that MedicAlert is there for you when you need us most.

Select an ID and protect yourself or your loved one living with adrenal insufficiency:

Living with Adrenal Insufficiency