Adrenal Disorder Specialist

Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center

Endocrinologists & Diabetes Specialists located in Nashville, TN

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and secrete essential hormones, such as cortisol and sex hormones. When you have a problem with your adrenal glands, endocrinologist Andrea Hayes, MD, at Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is available to help. She specializes in treating issues like adrenal insufficiency or an adrenal mass, as well as concerns like Cushing’s disease. For more information, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Adrenal Disorder Q & A

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is rare. It’s diagnosed when your adrenals produce too little of the hormone cortisol, and sometimes too little aldosterone as well. Both men and women of any age can develop Addison’s disease. If you fail to get treatment, it can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of Addison’s disease develop over time. You may suffer:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hyperpigmentation of your skin
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Salt cravings
  • Low blood sugar
  • Weight loss/decreased appetite

Abdominal pain, muscle or joint pain, and irritability are also common symptoms. Dr. Hayes treats Addison’s disease with replacement hormones.

What is Cushing’s disease?

You develop Cushing’s disease, also known as Cushing syndrome or hypercortisolism, when exposed to high levels of the stress hormone cortisol for a long time. It can occur due to adrenal disease or a tumor on your pituitary gland. Overusing corticosteroid medication can also lead to the condition developing.

Symptoms include a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and dark stretch marks on your skin. High blood pressure (hypertension) and bone loss can also result. Dr. Hayes works to return your body’s cortisol level to normal to relieve your symptoms and address long-term health implications.

What are adrenal nodules and masses?

An adrenal mass is a collection of abnormal tissue that develops on your adrenal gland. The masses could be a sign of cancer, Cushing’s disease, or another adrenal disorder. Dr. Hayes runs imaging tests to determine the nature of a mass and develop a treatment plan.

An adrenal nodule is found in about 5-8% of patients and they’re usually noncancerous. You may not have any symptoms related to the nodules, but if they’re found during an imaging scan for another issue, they’ll be evaluated to make sure they aren’t cancerous or producing abnormal amounts of the hormone. Usually, the nodules need no treatment, but Dr. Hayes can offer an appropriate therapy plan should cancer or excess hormone production be suspected.

To learn more about evaluation and treatment of issues involving your adrenal glands, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or book an appointment online today.