Friday, January 15, 2010
Addison's Disease on The Doctors, Monday January 18th
The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation ran a campaign to get Addison's Disease as a topic of the CBS TV show, The Doctors. (I just learned today that it is on ABC, channel 7 @ 11 AM in the Seattle area.) It is supposed to air this coming Monday, January 18th, during the last 5 minutes. Tune in to learn about Addison's, and how to recognize it.
It bears repeating--if Annie had been diagnosed in time, she would not have suffered a brain injury. The signs and symptoms of Addison's include increasing lethargy, dehydration, depression, muscle aches, craving of salty food, nausea, vomiting, and--most notably in Annie's case--a darkening of the skin.
If recognized and diagnosed, Addison's is easily treatable with daily doses of hydrocortisone. What's not easily treatable is the fallout from a brain injury.