How were you tested for your adrenals? It takes quite a bit of testing, not just one test so it can be rather complex to know.
If you have had testing that is significant and your situation is dire - as low adrenal function can be life threatening - your primary care doctor should be able to get the endo to see you on an emergency basis and sooner.
I can understand your concern about steroids and blood sugar. In general, the doses given for adrenal replacement are low - and should not boost blood sugar much unlike doses given for other reasons which can be quite high and yes, will raise blood sugar a lot. The dose is typically broken into two or three times a day as well - so for example 20mg is taken total - over 2 or 3 dosage periods.
Aching can be a symptom, but AI is a salt wasting disease. Is your sodium low?
I have had low blood sugar symptoms for years--without a real diagnosis--until a lot of blood testing by my endo finally showed mild hypoglycemia. I have secondary AI. When I first went on hydrocortisone, it did raise my fasting blood sugar levels--but oave a short period of time them seemed to level out to where i have normal fasting glucose levels. My A1c tests come back with normal ranges, too.
Hopefully your body will adjust to it the same way my body has---i realize my blood sugar is low, and yours is high, but I think sometimes it is just a matter of adjusting to new medications.
You don't say if your CO poisoning was ever treated.
if not, I urge you to get tested and treated as CO effects can last years and even decades unless/until treated.
[key CO abnormailities are LOW art-ven gaps in O2SAT, PO2, PCO2, and COHb]
for more info, see www.mcsrr.org
while AI and CO share many symptoms in the medical literature, they are distinguished by sensory hypervigilance or multi-sensory sensitivity, which is caused only by CO poisoning.
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