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An adrenal crisis is the result of an extreme physical or emotional stress that does not get the necessary steroid coverage to meet that stress. It is a potentially life-threatening medical emergency that requires management in a hospital or emergency department . Or it might require an emergency injection of hydrocortisone (called Solu-cortef). Check with your medical team.

Learn to recognize the signs of a potential adrenal crisis (see below) so you can avoid it.

• Hyperpigmentation of exposed and non-exposed parts of the body
• Extreme weakness
• Salt craving
• Unintentional weight loss
• Loss of appetite
• Chronic diarrhea
• Nausea/vomiting


You should also learn what kind of physical or emotional stress can induce a crisis. Some are straightforward suach as surgery, a severe flu, or dental work but some can vary from person to person (emotional shock, heat wave…)