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    Old 02-03-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
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    Cortisol and Aldosterone Question

    Is it possible to just have low cortisol, or low aldosterone levels alone? The reason I'm asking this is because when I was first tested for hormone deficiency I thought my doctor said I had a "low aldosterone level," which would explain my symptoms (nausea everyday, fatigue, weightloss). In otehr words, Addisons. But, on my medical records it said I was lacking in cortisol production. Could someone please explain this. Thank.

     
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    Re: Cortisol and Aldosterone Question

    Your doctor and your medical records are both correct.

     
    Old 02-03-2007, 04:52 PM   #3
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    Re: Cortisol and Aldosterone Question

    There can be disease of the adrenal glands in which only the aldosterone is low and then there is Addison's in which the cortisol and most times the aldosterone is low.

     
    Old 02-04-2007, 12:37 PM   #4
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    Re: Cortisol and Aldosterone Question

    Thanks for the reply. If it is a disease where it's just my aldosterone levels that are low, is there a way to test my aldosterone levels only? I'm a little confused about the testing method because the ACTH stimulation test only stimulates cortisol, not aldosterone (I think). To me, this would explain why my doctors have been unsuccessful in diagnosing me with anything because they were testing the wrong hormone. Does the ACTH test look at both hormones, or just cortisol?

     
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    I believe you can have your aldosterone level tested separately.

     
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    Re: Cortisol and Aldosterone Question

    Yes ,you may be tested for aldosterone levels alone. Plasma and urine aldosterone levels as well as renin can be tested.

     
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