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Hormone Problems board


Hi, i have a pituitary tumor (just found out)...why is it we just don't trust our endos??? maybe because they don't have to live in our bodies and tests don't always show what we are feeling (pooped)...from my very limited amount of time and initiation into this process, i understand totally your frustration...i was told by someone a healthy normal serum ACTH would be around 48-55 but, because Stim tests are done on us barely functioning people, the 'normal range' has been brought down low...mine was 9.7...a far cry from 48-55...my cortisol before the stim test was 2.3 (told it was a lab error)...During the stim test, a normal reaction would double the cortisol level which mine did...to 25...(half way there)
Primary Addisons will have high ACTH and almost no cortisol...secondary will have low on both... the problem with stim tests is ( something i argue with the endo every time i see her) that it can have a normal reaction but, ACTH levels might be too low and something that puts us over the edge, like illness, abnormal sress, can result in adrenal crisis....it's not a bad idea for people with low normal cortisol to carry an epi pen, a packet of salt, a packet of sugar, and some prednisone (think i jest????)....FYI keep looking for a GOOD ENDO who actually cracks a medical book on occasion....
As for thyroid...if you have low ACTH, your adrenals are probably stealing thyroxine (sp) and converting it...your body will convert estrogen, thyroid, testosterine, basically anything it can steal to make cortisol...so, people with adrenal problems can end up having borderline low thyroid, strange estrogen levels, ect...it's not possible to alter one thing or function without altering another thing, function which is another grip i have with conventional docs...READ about this stuff, cause it's likely your endo forgot it while building, buying that new house on your dollar...i have found that being more knowledgeable than your doc improves your rate of healthy functioning...and possibly survival...and keep searching for that enlightened souls with a medical degree...