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Typical Symptoms of hyperaldosteronism or Conn's

Posted Nov 10 2008 12:00am
These are my personal symptoms. While they can vary, many of my fellow Conn's sufferers have complained of these.

1) Fog: I'm in a constant state of fog. That's the best way I can describe my current state of being. It's been like this for a long time now...can't really remember when it started. I feel like I'm just going through the motions but am not really there. Like I'm stoned or something. I also forget stuff a lot which can range from the really stupid to the important.

2) Exhaustion: I never seem to have enough energy I am chronically exhausted. If I don't take a nap I am utterly useless. When I wake up I don't want to get out of bed, even in the morning. All I want to do is sleep. But I could sleep forever it seems and still be tired.

3) Fatigue: It's endless and debilitating. It relates to the above.

4) Rapid Heart Beat: Heart palpitations at night especially, will make you think you are having a heart attack sometimes. I feel this mostly at when I am lying down trying to fall asleep.

5) High Blood Pressure: Was oddly diagnosed with this 6 years ago and have been suspicious as to why at my age (I was considered young for it).

6) Weight gain/Bloatedness: While I'm in my forties, weight gain is to be expected. I didn't gain a lot, but the problem I'm finding is the bloatedness that I can never seem to get rid of. I find it in my hands, ankles and face.

7) The Salt/Sugar: This connection is undeniable. Both are craved, but the sodium does damage, you will puff when you eat anything salty. As well, the next day you will feel awful after eating these foods.

8) Migraines: I been having migraines now for 3 years. Never had them like this before. The first really bad bout that I can remember was in the Canary Islands in June of '06. I thought maybe the island's altitude fluctuations may be the culprit, I had clusters of them for a week. But when I came home, I still got them off and on for long periods of time. It's been years now.

9) Dehydration: I am always dehydrated. I drink water constantly and I'm still thirsty after wards.

10) Frequent Urination: Maybe due to the above, I get up to pee at night at least 4 times. I've told doctors this and I know they think I am exaggerating, but I am not. It has been this way for at least 4 years. I was told to stop drinking water a few hours before I go to bed, but this hasn't helped. I continue to do so.

10) Nerves Shot/Defensive: I have felt like this for a long while. It's like I fear an attack is coming and I can't win-- it's the worst. I used to think it was from lack of sleep, maybe due to getting up so often at night, but now I think it makes sense; the adrenals are your fight/flight responders, and mine are shot.

These symptoms were given to both my endocrinologist and surgeon in June-July. I was told by each that they are most likely directly related to the hormones in my adrenal. When your electrolytes are off, you are off.
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