Hello everyone. Let me start with a brief history. Growing up I always had the worst leg pains. They kept me up at night when everyone else slept and were just written off until I cut me knee bad and had an x-ray. Osgood-Schlaters syndrome. I say this because in my late teens when these pains ceased I started getting new pains and cramping. Sometimes debilitating intense cramping, but only in my legs. Then in my early 20s I began to sweat a lot, mostly underarms. I thought it was just the energy drinks and working at the hospital. But then I say at 23-24 I started developing psoriasis and became hypertensive. It spread ever so slowly, first my shins, then elbows and behind my ears and tops of hands. Its funny because I thought the psoriasis on my elbows was MIRSA so i went to ER. When i showed up my pulse was 188 and i was hypertensive. They grilled me about drug use, nope. They asked how I could appear so normal with a 188 pulse, I just said im used to it. So after running the basic tests, they come back normal besides LOW POTASSIUM and elevated white blood cells (which i attribute to my sinuses, deviated septum =/ ). They game me some mid-strength steroid cream and sent me home. Cream did jack squat.
Recently I had enough of the psoriasis and wanted to try and see if i could heal it up sans healthcare insurance, so I ordered some Prednisone from overseas. What a miracle! Within a few days my headaches are gone, skin is clearing, back pain is gone, and I had tons of energy and basically hopped out of bed every morning. Then the leg pains started at night. Slowly Id feel them getting heavy and retaining water, then either cramping or knee pain. I attribute this now to my adrenals shutting down and the natural aldosterone dropping considerably. After a while I figured it out, not enough potassium i got cramps, too much salt i got knee pains. Once i got the diet down, I felt like a million bucks. As I slowly reduced the dosage and got down to 20mg the psoriasis started coming back and i started getting sweaty again. Now a few weeks off Im back to normal, fatigued, constant sinus headache (which went away on pred) sweating like a dog, diarrhea, lethargic, and its so hard to concentrate. I can stop the sweating for a while by downing a few shakes of salt with water, and I drink a high potassium smoothie every morning. The reaction to the salt takes about 3 minutes and I stop sweating and usually headaches go away until i sweat or pee that salt out.
Now my question, does this sound like both low cortisol and high aldosterone? And if thats the case Im thinking I got tumor(s) in my adreanal(s) or pituitary. I just want to have energy and feel normal, but after an ER doc misses obvious signs of adrenal disease I dont want to rack up a 25k medical bill to confirm what I already know. Can you order a test online that would not require a hospital or dr visit? And for any docs, im 31yo, 6'2, 180-195 lbs depending on season and appetite lol. I tried gluten free diet before thinking maybe celiac, nope. On same ER visit they tested thyroid, nope. And as you can see Ive done some research and am almost certain i have something affecting my adrenals.