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Can high cortisol blood levels cause inflammation in the body?

Can high cortisol blood levels cause inflammation in the body?

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 (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Cortisol 14 ug dl normal?

It depends upon: When it was drawn -- time and conditions. Generally, it's a normal value -- depending........ ...Read more

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What's hidden inflammation like?

What's hidden inflammation like?

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

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What foods are good for inflammation?

What foods are good for inflammation?

No relation: Food does not affect systemic inflammation. Except in case of allergy or intolerance, what you eat does not affect inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes inflammation of the nerves?

Multiple issues can: Cause neuropathy, like auto-immune disease, nutritional deficiency, diabetes, vasculitis. Drug toxicity and alcohol. ...Read more

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What is inflammation.? How can it be treated

What is inflammation.? How can it be treated

Inflammation just: Refers to a tissue reaction to another process - infection, injury, rheumatologic disease, etc. Best plan entirely dependent on the inciting event/process. ...Read more

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What does it represent cortisol levels of 1800?

What does it represent cortisol levels of 1800?

Cortisol: 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

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What is the significance of high cortisol levels?

What is the significance of high cortisol levels?

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

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What to do if I have high cortisol and wondering why it's like that?

What to do if I have high cortisol and wondering why it's like that?

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

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Inflammation of gallblader?

Inflammation of gallblader?

And?: It can cause problems but it depends on what your question is, what the symptoms are, and what your medical history is. Please ask a specific question here. ...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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Foods that fight inflammation?

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

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Does sugar cause inflammation?

Does sugar cause inflammation?

Too much you: As long as you are not a diabetic, the only problem too much sugar causes is too much you. Reasonable amounts are metabolized without adverse effects and with gustatory joy. ...Read more

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What is lacrimal inflammation?

What is lacrimal inflammation?

Tear inflammation: The lacrimal system is the part of the external eye which produces tears, bathes the eye and drains into the nose. Inflammation of any part of this system is defined as lacrimal inflammation. ...Read more

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Voice cord inflammation for baby?

Voice cord inflammation for baby?

Yes: Baby's can have this from overuse, i.e. Too much screaming. Also infection such as croup-like syndromes. Even drainage from allergies or viral colds can cause hoarseness. If the baby is having no difficulty breathing, this usually clears up on its own. ...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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How do doctors measure inflammation?

How do doctors measure inflammation?

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

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How does my blood cause inflammation?

How does my blood cause inflammation?

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

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How to calm inflammation on the face?

How to calm inflammation on the face?

Several Steps: - Avoid sun exposure
- Do not scratch or pick irritated areas
- Apply cool compresses
- Try 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Seek medical attention if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Take care! ...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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I have severe inflammation in lower back?

I have severe inflammation in lower back?

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

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Does antronex help pain and inflammation?

Does antronex help pain and inflammation?

Antronex: "supports the liver and the bodies histamine function" this is the claim by the manufacturer. There is no evidence that it can help with pain or inflammation. ...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?

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

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Which herbs help reduce pain, inflammation?

Which herbs help reduce pain, inflammation?

2 many 2 name, top 3: My top 3 are:

curcumin (from turmeric)
bromelain (from pineapple)
devil's claw

reduce systemic inflammation and joint pain. ...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