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Hi cortisol: Yes. Chronically high cortisol is very damaging by causing inflammation throughout the body. It leads to higher incidence of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and many more. This is why proper sleep, exercise, other forms of stress reduction such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are so valuable. ...Read more
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more
I have pain just above my right elbow. I got an MRI done which showed an inflammation in the area. Also got a cortisol injection. Nothing helped.?
If you have high cortisol in blood can you still get inflammation and if yes can they still prescribe steroids?
Yes, but: How do you know you have a high cortisol level? Have you reviewed it with your doctor? ...Read more
I have low cortisol. Ana, CRP and sterile pyuria have all been detected. Can I still use hc for low cortisol with these signs of inflammation?
Serious stuff: You describe yourself as having both adrenal insufficiency and hashimoto's; this sounds like schmidt's. Your life is in danger hour-to-hour if you do not manage your cortisol replacement exactly as you should. Don't accept advice from anyone but your physician, & if you have unanswered questions / are unsatisfied, get a consultation from another endocrinologist. Do not discontinue your replacement. ...Read more
My friend went for swimming and she had an inflammation in her ears, dr said she has to take CORTISOL medicine called decort, so? Should she take it?
Cortisol for Earache:
I think you mean cortisone ear drop. That is standard medication. Many doctors recommend antihistamine esp during sleep to prevent scratching or digging in the ear.
If swelling doesn't respond to decort drops, ask doctor about using Clear. Ease - papain/ bromelain lozenges to reduce swelling.
prevent Swimmer's Ear, avoid getting shampoo into the ear. This dries the oil, get infected with water ...Read more
An MRI indicated some inflammation on the brain. It also showed that I have a degenerative disk in the neck area. Can this be related? I also had bouts of vertigo. 2wks worth of cortisol, vertigo gone
Is there a reason to avoid prednisone for CHF patient with inflammation, myalgia and kidney/water retention concern? What medicine is good to reduce cortisol?
Yes: Prednisone is a steroid and can potentially cause or worsen swelling and fluid retention. In some cases it can also cause kidney problems. There are cases, hiwever, in which steroids can be indicated in a patient with sumilar symptoms, such as if they had lupus for example and were having a symptomatic flare. I would certainly discuss directly with your doctor for the specifics in your case. ...Read more
CRP!: Hidden inflammation would not come from arthritis, which would cause pain. Both increased sed rates and crps can come from metabolic syndrome. High estrogen levels increase firbrinogen, which increases sed rate, but not crp. I wish my medical colleages would stop ordering esrs and focus on crps. ...Read more
Cortisol levels vary naturally over the span of a day. Highest are expected in the 6-8am period and fall from there thru bedtime. Healthy energy and wakefullness is supported by appropriate levels. Here's info - but ask your doctor to help you understand your results and the meaning.
http://labtestsonline. Org/understanding/analytes/cortisol/tab/test? Gclid=cjbektdkolocfuhk7aodsxeaxa
best wishes! ...Read more
Adrenal or Pituitary:
Excessive production of cortisol may result from a tumor in pituitary producing a hormone that stimulates the adrenal gland. Lesions in the adrenal gland, hyperplasia, adenoma, carcinoma, may also cause increase in cortisol levels.
You need to consult your doctor and/or an endocrinologist. ...Read more
See endocrinologist: Hi. Hi cortisol may be Cushing's syndrome (notice I said MAY, not is). The appropriate tests must be done, which include 24-hour urine cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol (several values), maybe a dexamethasone suppression test. If Cushing's, can be pituitary disease, adrenal disease or paraneoplastic (associated with a cancer-rare overall). Get properly evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more
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
No definite answer: Fruits and vegetables with anti-oxidant activities are considered anti-inflammatory and the darker the color the better (as in berries). Omega 3 fatty acid present in seafoods especially in fatty fish also has anti-inflammatory activities. Curcumin (in curry) may have anti-cancer activity. These are just some of the few I can think of. ...Read more
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
Various tests: This answer varies largely. It depending on what type of inflammation and where. Physician exam can help. There are also blood tests that can test for inflammatory markers such as CRP or ESR. However as I mentioned it largely depends on what you are looking for as inflammation is a broad topic. ...Read more
Please, more info: Thank you for your question. Blood can be irritating to the gastrointestinal tract, but generally is not a cause of inflammation. More information will help us provide a more pertinent answer: what are the circumstances that lead to your question? We look forward to your answer. ...Read more
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
Statement v question: I am assuming you have back pain. Is this new or chronic? Did you injure yourself or did this start on its own? Is it constant or only with certain positions or activities? Is there any fever, chills or sweats? Is it affecting your sleep or are you losing weight or appetite? Any leg pains or neurologic symptoms? All the answers to these questions play a role in advising you. See your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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