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In daily adrenal insufficiency supplementation, which is worse: one peak of cortisol in the upper 30s or low 40s, or three peaks between 16 and 22?

In daily adrenal insufficiency supplementation, which is worse: one peak of cortisol in the upper 30s or low 40s, or three peaks between 16 and 22?

Not studied: Hi. I hope very much you were correctly diagnosed. Assuming so, I do not know why your doc is even checking peak cortisol levels...well known and shown to not be valuable or predictive of problems. Use the lowest hydrocortisone (= cortisol) or prednisone dose needed to prevent hypo adrenal symptoms. Blood cortisol levels are not helpful. Good luck! ...Read more

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My cortisol level was 15.3 ug/dl. What does this mean?

My cortisol level was 15.3 ug/dl. What does this mean?

Depends: When it was done. Cortisol levels are higher in the am (15.3 would be normal) then in the pm (this level would be too high for the pm) ask your doctor why he/she drew it in the first place. ...Read more

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Acth level is less than 1.0 with normal cortisol (8). Does this indicate any issues with thyroprotein level of 3? Thanks

Acth level is less than 1.0 with normal cortisol (8).  Does this indicate any issues with thyroprotein level of 3?  Thanks

Pituitary: If we suspect cortisol insufficiency, need to do stimulation tests. Random ACTH, Cortisol are not reliable..they are pulsatile harmones. Your random cortisol is in range. ...Read more

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Adrenal stim test. Baseline cortisol at 0930 is 17.3, at 1000 is 18.9, at 1030 is 20. Ref range is 3.7-19.4. What causes wnl baseline/min elevation?

Normal: These cortisol levels are totally normal. Often the morning cortisol can be mildly elevated from expected norms as a result of stress. However, this stim test is normal. ...Read more

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I had a Cortisol Ser HQ test. At 8:43 it was .04. After cortisol given it at 8:47 it was 2.1 At 9:17 it was 2.3. Is this concerning? I don't feel well

Low Cortisol: Pre cortisol med blood levels very low. Normal= 6-23 mcg you= 0.04 test dose= 2.1, 2,3 Do you know the ACTH value? You have Addison disease, and patients do not feel well. You need an endocrinologist, a full endocrine panel, MRI of the brain and the adrenals, etc. ...Read more

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If cortisol was 17 within the first 3 hrs of waking, non fasting, then 33 an hour after stim, is that normal or borderline?

If cortisol was 17 within the first 3 hrs of waking, non fasting, then 33 an hour after stim, is that normal or borderline?

Yes.: Your Base line serum cortisol of 17 is normal and after stim test it should go up by 100% - 34, and yours is 33 which is close to or almost 100%. ...Read more

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Got bloodwork back acth is .3 and my cortisol is .5 Is that normal and if not what could it mean?

Got bloodwork back acth is .3 and my cortisol is .5 
Is that normal and if not what could it mean?

More info, please: Hi. In the units we normally use, those would be low. What is your doc testing them for? Were they drawn the morning after taking a dexamethasone pill? If you, I'd say you suppressed normally. If it wasn't dex suppression test, you may be adrenally insufficient; if so, it would look like a pituitary origin. Provocative testing would be required to confirm, such as insulin tolerance testing. ...Read more

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Do these cortisol stim results appear normal? Taken at 10 a.m.: ACTH - 7.6 pm Base - 4.3 ug 30 min - 21.3 ug 60 min - 28.2 ug

ACTH stim: It appears that the baseline value is low. there is then a brisk response over 21 mcg cortisol at 30 minutes. It increases further at 60 minutes. this pattern can be seen with some forms of pituitary suppression, most commonly taking exogenous glucocorticoids. Short answer: I would call it normal ...Read more

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What does low cortisol mean?

What does low cortisol mean?

Low cortisol: It means exactly what it says -your health is impaired. Has any doctor told you that you have low cortisol? If yes but she/he has doe nothing about it find another doctor who will treat you better. ...Read more

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What's the "normal" cortisol level?

What's the "normal" cortisol level?

Varies thru the day: "normal values for a blood sample taken at 8 in the morning are 6 - 23 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dl). The examples above are common measurements for results for these tests. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories." http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003693.Htm. ...Read more

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Does creatine show cortisol levels?

Does creatine show cortisol levels?

No: Creatinine is an indicator of kidney function. Creatine is a sports supplement. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of low cortisol?

What are the symptoms of low cortisol?

Unlikely: Weight loss, low bp, fatigue etc. It's an unlikely diagnosis. If concerned, see your doctor. Don't get your medical info from friends, tv or particularly the internet. ...Read more

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What can high pm cortisol levels mean?

What can high pm cortisol levels mean?

Stress: There are many different causes of high cortisol. I will mention one- stress. Usually cortisol is high in am and low in pm. Recent studies are showing woman in the workforce having higher pm cortisol levels associated with job stress. Other causes of high pm cortisol should be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I expect with am cortisol test?

What can I expect with am cortisol test?

Blood draw: It's just a blood draw. Go to the lab in the am to get it drawn. It's no different than any other blood test. ...Read more

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How does stress relate to cortisol levels?

How does stress relate to cortisol levels?

Stress cortisol: 34 person of unknown age and gender and medical hx. Asks: How does stress relate to cortisol levels? ANS: very complex control system. Usually increases it. But do not know what you mean by "stress". Everyone's definition of what stresses them is different. Recommend googling this for better answers than we can give here. Check wikipedia as well. Then discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Is a high cortisol level cause for concern?

Is a high cortisol level cause for concern?

Yes.: Excessive cortisol, if chronic, can cause diabetes, osteoporosis and other problems. ...Read more

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Could normal walking raise cortisol levels?

Could normal walking raise cortisol levels?

Cortisol levels: Cortisol varies throughout the day. It is generally higher in the am vs the pm, but it is spiking up and down all day. Normal walking would not particularly elevate it, but it goes up/down all the time anyway. The more important question is why is cortisol being measured? Perhaps check with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the half life of injected cortisol?

What is the half life of injected cortisol?

Depends on dose: The reported half life of IV cortisol is about 1 hr for lower doses, 2 hr for higher doses. Cortisol given intramuscularly, subcutaneous, or in the spine will have a different half life that depends on how it is absorbed into the blood. ...Read more