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    Old 03-29-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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    rjg55 HB User
    High cortisol, fast heart rate, but low blood pressure

    Hi, I had my AM cortisol tested and it came out high. I did the blood test while fasting about 1 hour after I woke up.

    My AM cortisol: 33.7 (normal range 6.2-19.4)

    Could the high cortisol be the cause of my symptoms:fast heart rate (gets worse with exertion), sweating, and 15 pound weight loss, trouble sleeping?

    I was researching it online and my symptoms seem to fit more with those with low cortisol than high cortisol. I've been to 5 doctors and went to the ER once because I've been feeling so terrible the past 4 months. My AM cortisol is the first thing to come out abnormal. All thyroid, liver, etc. tests come out perfectly within the normal range.

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    Old 03-24-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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    Re: High cortisol, fast heart rate, but low blood pressure

    AM cortisol levels being elevated isn't too unusual, our bodies stress response kicks in when we wake up so we can use energy throughout the day. However, if it's unusually elevated as in your case, I'd probably look at trying to notice if there was a time in your life when it started. Do you wake up with a racing heart?

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