I'm categorized as a severe persistent asthmatic* and I have a history of HPA axis suppression due to steroids used to treat the asthma.
Doctors miss the HPA axis suppression every time and actively fight me on it. I've had am cortisols of 1 and 6 and ACTH of less than 5, yet the doctors still can't get on board. The medical myopia and general lack of adrenal knowledge is horrifying.
How did I ever get diagnosed? I took premed classes for 2 years (during a health upswing) and figured it out.
I thought since previous rounds of suppression have been so well documented, I wouldn't have a problem again. I was wrong.
I've been fighting the current round of Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency since March 2010. It has eviscerated my ability to work and to function as a normal human being. Which sucks since I have a toddler who just wants her momma to play with her.
*eh... I bet it'll go back to moderate persistent, once the excitement of last year's hospitalization dies down.
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