Does anyone know if narcotics raise cortisol? I read a few conflicting reports that it raises Cortisol. Then I found other studies saying it lowers Cortisol along with Serotonin. It causes me severe rage and anxiety. My Endo has check plasma ACTH and my cortisol is fine. I am not taking too much hydrocortisone. I have to take strong pain meds a couple of times a week because I have severe chronic pain from lumbar fusion in past ( failed back surgery), cervical spondylosis ( from car accident) and chronic late stage Lymes.
I have been trying trying to counteract the elevated effects of high cortisol at night with phosphatylserine and melatonin. This helps me sleep. Also, I notice when I take estrogen for my menopausal hot flashes I seem to get more hot flashes. My doc is not sure. No one really knows how to balance these hormones.
When I take cortisol it appears to mess up the ratio of all the other catecholamines ( neurotransmitters) ..So what are people with Addison's suppose to do when we are in menopause to balance this?