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Cortisol 3 Specimens
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
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
Acth level is less than 1.0 with normal cortisol (8). Does this indicate any issues with thyroprotein level of 3? Thanks
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?
If cortisol was 17 within the first 3 hrs of waking, non fasting, then 33 an hour after stim, is that normal or borderline?
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
Dr gave me steroid pill to take at nite and get cortisol am check and it was low at 1.3 normal range is 7-20. What does this mean for me. Very confuse?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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