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How does Addison's disease affect a person's quality of life?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The symptoms of Addison's disease, if left untreated, can have a pretty significant negative effect on a person's daily life. These symptoms can include weakness, fatigue, dehydration, severe muscle and abdominal pain, very low blood pressure, and ultimately shock and even death due to Addisonian crisis. With the right treatment, though, these symptoms can be very well controlled. Although treatment usually involves lifelong daily medications, the positive effects of the medications can allow a person with Addison's disease to live a full, active life.

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