Your adrenal glands produce and release stress hormones, but many conditions can cause adrenal problems, affecting hormone production and balance. At Fort Wayne Endocrinology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ashok Kadambi, MD, Desiree Heim, NP-C, and Crystal Webb, NP-C, specialize in diagnosing and treating adrenal problems. To learn more about adrenal problems from a team of endocrinology experts, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
The adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system, located on each of your kidneys. These glands produce hormones that regulate your stress response, metabolism, blood pressure, and immune system.
Adrenal problems include conditions that cause an imbalance in your adrenal hormone levels. With an adrenal problem, your glands produce too little or too much of these hormones.
Types of adrenal problems include:
Also known as adrenal insufficiency, people with Addison’s disease fail to produce enough aldosterone or cortisol.
Aldosterone also regulates kidney function, while cortisol supports the body’s metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. They both also play an important role in regulating blood pressure.
People with Cushing’s syndrome produce too much cortisol.
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a genetic condition that affects the adrenal glands’ ability to produce enough cortisol, aldosterone, or both. In turn, this triggers an overproduction of the male sex hormone androgen.
In boys, congenital adrenal hyperplasia causes early puberty. In girls, the congenital condition triggers the development of male sex characteristics.
Symptoms of adrenal problems vary and depend on the disorder type and the hormones involved. Common symptoms include:
If you have these symptoms and suspect a hormonal imbalance, schedule an appointment at Fort Wayne Endocrinology.
When you visit Fort Wayne Endocrinology with concerns about adrenal problems, you can expect a thorough clinical examination. Your provider reviews your symptoms and medical and family histories.
Then, they perform a physical exam and run lab work to check your hormone levels. Fort Wayne Endocrinology has an on-site laboratory for hormone testing.
Treatment for your adrenal problem depends on your diagnosis, symptoms, and the results of your lab work.
If you have an adrenal problem that causes a decrease in adrenal hormone production, your provider at Fort Wayne Endocrinology prescribes hormone replacement therapy.
If you have an adrenal problem that causes an overproduction of hormones, your endocrinologist may recommend surgery to remove the gland and control hormone levels.
For expert care for an adrenal problem, call Fort Wayne Endocrinology or schedule an appointment online today.