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.
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:
a general feeling of malaise and lethargy
problems with memory
decreased desire for sex
lightheadedness or fainting
slow recovery time following an illness
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.
We accept most insurance plans and Medicare.
Words from our patients
Very blessed to have Dr. Zamanian as my endocrinologist. She listens, she cares, she understands and she's extremely knowledgeable.
Dr. Zamanian took the needed time with me to discuss my ongoing care and game plan to address my diabetes.
I am grateful for this and appreciate her and her staff. She is very concerned for all of her patients and gives her all.
Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment.
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"Dr. Zamanian was both professional and compassionate. She answered all my questions and clearly stated her plan for my medical treatment."