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Adrenal Problems Specialist

Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist

Maryam Zamanian, MD

Endocrinologist located in Plano, TX

Adrenal insufficiency, or Addison's disease, can cause an array of symptoms and interfere with normal body functions. At her practice in Plano, TX and Dallas, TX, Dr. Zamanian provides comprehensive care for patients suffering from adrenal problems, helping them manage their condition so they can enjoy better health and wellness.

Adrenal Problems

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Also known as Addison's disease, adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal glands stop working the way they should and no longer produce hormones important for many bodily functions. The adrenal glands are located on the top of the kidneys, and they produce hormones like estrogen, progesterone, steroids, and cortisol, in addition to epinephrine (also called adrenaline). Low levels of these hormones can cause an array of ailments and illnesses. Adrenal insufficiency can be caused by chronic and acute infections, cancer and chronic stress.

What symptoms can adrenal problems cause?

Adrenal insufficiency can cause a barrage of symptoms, some of which can be difficult to detect, including:

  • extreme fatigue

  • weight gain

  • a general feeling of malaise and lethargy

  • problems with memory

  • decreased desire for sex

  • lightheadedness or fainting

  • slow recovery time following an illness

  • irritability

  • pain in the belly, muscles or joints

  • darkening of the skin

  • low blood sugar

Some people may experience a craving for salt, and women may have excess facial hair growth. Sometimes, symptoms seem to improve after eating. Because symptoms can vary so widely from one person to another, it is very important to mention any and all symptoms during an office visit. Ultimately, the diagnosis can be made with a blood test and other evaluations, including diagnostic imaging.

How are adrenal problems treated?

Chronic adrenal insufficiency often requires the use of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, to make up for the hormones that are not being produced by the adrenal glands. HRT may use oral medications or injections. You may also need to monitor your sodium levels, especially during exercise. When an underlying cause like a tumor is causing adrenal insufficiency, that condition must also be treated.

Accepted Insurances

We accept most insurance plans and Medicare.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
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