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Addison's disease is where the adrenal glands that sit on top of your kidneys do not produce enough hormones.

Early symptoms of Addison's disease include lack of energy, weakness, increased thirst and a low mood. The symptoms can get gradually worse over time.

Treatment for Addison's disease usually involves taking hormones to replace the ones not produced by your adrenal glands.

Addison's disease is usually caused by a problem with your immune system.

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Early symptoms of Addison's disease include lack of energy, weakness, increased thirst and a low mood. The symptoms can get gradually worse over time.

Symptoms of Addison's disease

Early-stage symptoms of Addison's disease are similar to other more common health conditions, such as depression or flu

You may experience:

Over time, these problems may become more severe and you may experience further symptoms, such as dizziness, faintingcramps and exhaustion.

You may also develop small areas of darkened skin, or darkened lips or gums.

Although these symptoms are not always caused by Addison's disease, you should see a GP so they can be investigated.

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Treatment for Addison's disease usually involves taking hormones to replace the ones not produced by your adrenal glands.

Medical treatments

Addison's disease is treated with medication to replace the missing hormones. You'll need to take the medication for the rest of your life.

With treatment, symptoms of Addison's disease can largely be controlled. Most people with the condition have a normal lifespan and are able to live an active life with few limitations.

But many people with Addison's disease also find they must learn to manage bouts of fatigue, and there may be associated health conditions, such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid.

People with Addison's disease must be constantly aware of the risk of a sudden worsening of symptoms, called an adrenal crisis.

This can happen when the levels of cortisol in your body fall significantly.

An adrenal crisis is a medical emergency. If left untreated, it can be fatal.

If you or someone you know has Addison's disease and is experiencing severe symptoms, dial 999 for an ambulance.

Read more on the NHS website.

Addison's disease is usually caused by a problem with your immune system.

Read more on the NHS website.