Patient: Can steroid injections for inflammation cause Addisons symptoms, and if so, will the adrenals recover on their own?
Doctor: Thank you for your question. Yes, excessive administration of corticosteroid injections for can cause symptoms of Addiso n’s disease. Addison’s disease is a form of adrenal insufficiency, wherein the adrenal glands produce decreased amounts of cortisol and/or aldosterone. Corticosteroid injections for the treatment of chronic inflammation or pain can inhibit the adrenal gland’s natural production of corticosteroids, resulting in secondary Adrenal insufficiency (Secondary Addison’s disease). Once you stop taking corticosteroid injections, and this medication is cleared from your body, your adrenal glands will start producing its own corticosteroids once more. Please be guided accordingly.Thank you for choosing AskTheDoctor.com