My adrenals crashed in 2000, and my naturopath was right on it. I suffered terribly from hives and then swelling--it was all related. She said adrenal insufficiency caused the liver congestion that in turn was responsible for the hives, the swelling came from my sodium-depleted kidneys that had tried to compensate for low adrenals, also had low stomach acid, low pH, high blood pressure, Vit B and calcium deficiency, and soon after thyroid deficiency, all caused by the extreme stress that burned out my adrenals. Went on to develop arthritis, gum disease, hypoglycemia, "lumps" chronic fatigue, gall bladder problems. It was like a domino effect--all crashing. I detailed the instructions for recovery on the adrenal forum about a month ago.
I had to fast, take glandular protomorphogens, calcium, nutritional yeast for B vits, Celtic Sea Salt , did liver-gallbladder flush, parasite cleanse, other detoxes, constitutional hydrotherapy, food intolerance elimination, tissue salts, and most recently the Budwig protocol, Ocean plasma for reminerization and ph (and many more things, as it turns out) http://www.oceanplasma.org and for stress-- the wonderful http://www.u-cure.com system