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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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What causes high cortisol levels?

What causes high cortisol levels?

Stress: Cortisol is a stress hormone, released by your adrenal cortex when needed to combat stress. Cortisol has anti-inflammatory properties. The stress that causes cortisol release can be immune system stress, hormonal imbalances, nervous system stress, poor diet....Anything that your body perceives as being harmful can cause release of cortisol. ...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