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Old 09-23-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Low Cortisol saliva test- when to ask for Addison's testing?

Hello all,

I have Hashimotos thyroid disease (autoimmune) and recently had my cortisol tested via 4 saliva collections in one day (results included below).

I have been very sick the past year, and horrible this past month. Absolutely no energy, bad gastro problems, diarrhea, confusion and disorientation, cannot handle any kind of stress whatsoever (have had to stay home from work 5 days just in September)... I can FEEL my body struggling horribly when I'm stressed out or encounter a stressful situation. I also have all the typical hypothyroid symptoms, as well. Was only Dxed hypoT in May, so have not found the optimal dosage.

EDIT: I've also lost about 30 pounds in the past year without trying. About 10 of those have been in the last 2.5 months, when I've been feeling my worst.

My cortisol levels really surprised me- they seem very low. I am wondering, with my above symptoms, if I should request a more thorough investigation into possible Addison's? I have not seen an endocrinologist yet.

Here are my results and reference ranges:

9:10am - 4.4 (rr 7.0-10.0)
1:15pm - 1.9 (rr 3.0-6.0)
4:45pm - 2.0 (rr 2.0-4.0)
8:45pm - 1.5 (rr <1.5)

DHEA 9:10am 294.4 (rr 33.0-496.1)

I have been to the ER once this month after being very disoriented and just crashing. I was told to get a dog and go walk it.

I KNOW there is something wrong with my body, but no one can tell me what it is. Something is just not right.

I have not seen a doctor with these results yet- last doctor just didn't work out, so will be taking these results to a new doc (naturopath) next week.

Any thoughts/advice on whether I should be concerned, or push for more testing would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 09-27-2011, 08:23 AM   #2
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Re: Low Cortisol saliva test- when to ask for Addison's testing?

Can anyone suggest anything?

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