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    Old 04-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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    Low Cortisol

    I have several signs of low cortisol. Fatigue, severe brain fog, low brain function, slurred speech etc. It isn't bad when I wake up, but as I move further along in the day it gets worse and worse.

    When I take licorice root to raise cortisol I end up feeling 100x's better within 3 hours or so. My brain function returns and almost all symptoms disappear.

    However I then get anxiety real bad. Its like my body doesn't want cortisol.


    Leading up to the low cortisol, I had uncontrollable anxiety for about 3 months straight. As soon as the anxiety stopped (and it did stop completely) my cortisol levels hit rock bottom (which brought a host of their own symptoms).

    Now it is like I am damned if I do and damned if I don't. Any ideas?

     
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    Old 04-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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    Re: Low Cortisol

    Why not actually get your cortisol level checked to find out where you stand? A serum cortisol at * AM and 4 PM is a good screening test. A more sensitive test is an ACTH stimulation test, administered by an endocrinologist.If your cortisol levels are low, it can be supplemented with medication.

     
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    Re: Low Cortisol

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    Why not actually get your cortisol level checked to find out where you stand? A serum cortisol at * AM and 4 PM is a good screening test. A more sensitive test is an ACTH stimulation test, administered by an endocrinologist.If your cortisol levels are low, it can be supplemented with medication.
    I have an appointment with an Endo, but since I'm a new patient the wait is 3+ months. These symptoms are so bad that they are really hindering my life/career.

    Everyday is a struggle, some better then others.

     
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