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Adrenal Gland Disorders

Located on top of each kidney the adrenal glands are small glands that produce hormones including sex hormones and cortisol. The glands produced are very important and are mostly referred to like something that a human being can’t live without. When you are stressed, the cortisol will help you respond appropriately.

When a person is suffering from an adrenal gland disorder, it means that the glands either produce too many hormones or not enough at all. There are several conditions associated with adrenal gland disorder, however, the most common ones are the Cushing’s syndrome where there is too much cortisol produced and Addison’s disease, where there is too little cortisol. Some individuals are born unable to produce cortisol at all.

Cortisol plays a very important role in the human body. In fact, many scientists believe that cortisol affects almost every organ and tissues in the body. Among the many tasks a cortisol does are:

  • it helps in regulating blood pressure
  • helps in slowing down the responses of the immune systems
  • aids in breaking down sugar for energy
  • regulates the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

Additional adrenal gland disorders are Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia or CAH, Pituitary Tumors, Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma, and Hyperaldosteronism. Each disorder has its own symptoms and own treatment plan.

The following are some possible causes of adrenal gland disorders. These are but not limited to:

  • Gene mutations
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Disorders of other glands such as the pituitary
  • Medications

The treatment depends on which disorder is experienced by the patient. Surgery and certain medications can help in treating disorders.

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If you think you are suffering from Adrenal Gland Disorders you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Adrenal Gland Disorders as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).