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what does the adrenal gland do?

A: the outer yellowish layer (cortex) of the adrenal gland secretes about 30 steroid hormones, the most important of which are aldosterone and cortisol ....


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what does the adrenal gland do?

A: Each person has two adrenal glands, one above each kidney. Each adrenal is small weighing about 15grams. the adrenal produces four major types of hormones; 1. Glucocorticoids.- the major one is known as cortisol. Cortisol is important to maintain life and to protect against stress. One of its major functions is to raise blood glucose level by both increasing production and reducing usage. Too much cortisol can be detrimental by causing muscle wastage and depressing immunity to infection. 2. Mineralocorticoids.- the major hormone is known as aldosterone. Aldosterone ensures that adequate sodium is held in

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what does the inner portion (medulla) of the adrenal gland do?

A: the inner reddish portion (medulla) of the adrenal gland, which is not functionally related to the adrenal cortex, secretes epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine ......


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what does the outer cortex of the adrenal gland do?

A: the outer yellowish layer (cortex) of the adrenal gland secretes about 30 steroid hormones ......


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what does the medulla do?

A: the inner reddish portion (medulla) of the adrenal gland, which is not functionally related to the adrenal cortex, secretes epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine....


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Question about the adrenal glands

A: If her cortisol level was low, it needs to be investigated with a stim test. Don''t wait and ignore this, get it tested and if necessary treated. Cortisol does have an impact on the thyroid but I am not sure in what way. I do know that ideally you treat the adrenals before the thyroid if both are present at the time of dx. Please get a stim test done and let me know the results. I have a six year old with adrenal problems, I fully understand the frustration that goes into getting a dx, he has recently been started on prednisolone to help his...


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Shock the adrenal gland

A: Please do not let your wife do this or see this doctor again! How long has she been on steriods? Was she diagnosed with addisons? A person has to be slowly tapered from steriods. By 2.5mg at a time maybe every 2 to 4 weeks. I tried for a year to get mine to start working again, but it didn''t work for me. It does work for some. This is shocking....Wanda She does have Addisons and has been on strtoids for about 4 years. She went in for a level and her level was good for once and the doctor thought that maybe he could get the gland working again. She takes 20mg a day so this is a pretty big change. She also has Epilepsy, which makes it tough when her level...


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In September of 1995 my mom found a lump in the right breast. It turned out to be cancer. She then had a mastectomy and it was found in three lymph nodes out of 17. In April of 1996 she was just un-easy about the possibility of it showing up in the left breast, so she had it removed. (It had pre-cancerous cells).She was on Adjuvent chemotherapy from September of 1995 for 4 months and after that went on Tomoxifen pill for four years. Her scan then showed it was in the left clavicle and she had it removed in May 1999. they took her off of Tomoxifen because obviously it wasn?t working. She then went on Taxol chemotherapy for six months. She then went on another oral chemo something that ended with vista for year and a half. then the cancer returned in the T-8 Thoracic spine in February 2001. She had 10 radiationtreatments and five chemo treatments (Not sure what was the name). then she was puton Femara chemo pill. It then showed up in the left adrenal gland July of 2002 and they took her off Femara and put her on two treatments of Taxol. After Taxol they did a CT scan and the tumor had not changed. they they started 4 treatments of Doxil followed by aromasin pill. they were going to remove the adrenal gland because one scan showed no chance - no growth and no shrinking (they did a biopsy and it was part of the original breast cancer) (which all have been) when they did another scan (pet) to make sure it wasn?t in any other part of the body before they did the surgery, it showed it on the right adrenal gland. they are now not recommending surgery but another form of very aggressive chemo. they have not said which one yet. Would it benefit her to get a second opinion from John?s Hopkins or does it sound good what they have done so far? what would you recommend at this point. She is 64 years old and otherwise is very good health otherwise. She is a big fighter and willing to do whatever it takes to live!

A: ... and though she is very ill she is blessed to have you for her daughter. that is clear. Usually when there is evidence of metastatic disease like what you''ve described, the doctors will steer away from surgery and treat instead with chemo. Hopefully she will respond to this next treatment too. Keep hanging in there with her....


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what Is the Impact of Stress on Health?

A: Long term stress can affect your stress glands, known as the adrenal glands. When these glands get fatigued, it causes hormone imbalance in your body. Some of the possible symptoms of hormone imbalance can include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, (all affected by cortisol), as well as headaches, allergies, digestive problems, pain, estrogen/progesterone and testosterone imbalance and it can even effect heart function. To see if you have adrenal exaustion, do a Ragland''s test. This is done by taking your blood pressure in a sitting position and

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what does Cortisol do?

A: Cortisol is the bodys ''flight or fright'' hormone. When you are scared or stressed your body releases Cortisol into your blood stream. Cortisol causes the cells of your body to release sugar (to use as fuel if you need to run), it speeds up your heart rate (to get you ready to run or fight). Produced by the adrenal cortex, cortisol is a hormone that responds to anxiety by raising blood pressure. It increases blood sugar levels, weakens immune response, and is an anti-diuretic. Cortisol is the hormone that is released when your body is under physiologic stress such as illness or injury. In general, it ensures there is enough blood glucose to...


 
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