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43 yo f, afternoon cortisol high, cortisol suppression test high, CT of adrenal glands normal. Other causes of elevated cortisol?

43 yo f, afternoon cortisol high, cortisol suppression test high, CT of adrenal glands normal. Other causes of elevated cortisol?

Pituitary : Cortisol is under control of the pituitary. You need to know if the source is coming from the pituitary. We call this Cushing disease. See a specialist to work this up. Cushing's is one of the most difficult diagnosis to make, even for a specialist. ...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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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

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Could a pituitary tumor cause delayed cortisol response on acth stim test?

Could a pituitary tumor cause delayed cortisol response on acth stim test?

Definitely: If the tumor has destroyed the pituitary's ability to respond appropriately to hypothalamic cortisol releasing hormone, it can even lead to secondary adrenocortical insufficiency. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Does acth causes both aldosterone and cortisol secretion?

Does acth causes both aldosterone and cortisol secretion?

ACTH ALDO Cortisol: I have seen two families in which ACTH is the major driver for aldo production. They have the syndrome called GRA (Glucocorticoid Remedial Aldosteronism) caused by a cross over mutation in the genes controlling aldo production so that the major controller of aldo is ACTH. As you are young and making this question if you also have HTN your team should consider this. Many do not have low K. ...Read more

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What is plasma acth cortisol response?

What is plasma acth cortisol response?

Test adrenal fxn.: This test is to check on whether or not your adrenal glands are working right. The acth action is to increase production and release of corticosteroids. In the test, a small amount of synthetic acth is injected and the amount of cortisol the adrenals produce in response is measured. This is used to check for things like primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency, and addison's disease. ...Read more

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Could elevated cortisol lead to levator myalgia?

Could elevated cortisol lead to levator myalgia?

Unlikely: Uncertain what clincial settings you are describing. The levator scapuli muscles raise the shoulder blades. These muscles can ache in certain settings. Cortisol elevation can affect muscle tone and strength. There is a syndrome called "steroid myopathy" where people on corticosteroids can get muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Can consistantly elevated blood glucose levels cause gallbladder inflammation?

Can consistantly elevated blood glucose levels cause gallbladder inflammation?

No: How elevated is your blood glucose? If you are prediabetic of diabetic you need to discuss it with your doctor and take measures to control blood glucose as persistently elevated blood glucose can cause multiple health problems. ...Read more

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Can inflammation from a severe lupus flare cause an elevated d dimer of 1600? Crp over 200. Esr 50.

Can inflammation from a severe lupus flare cause an elevated d dimer of 1600? Crp over 200. Esr 50.

See below: Elevated CRP and ESR can be signs of lupus glare up. Lupus can cause hypercoagulable state (meaning you can form clots in the body even if you don't need to). D- dimer is a test for to check for by products of clots in the body. Elevated d dimer needs to be attended by doctor asap. ...Read more

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How to know either it's from adrenal or pituitary gland that cause my hypocortisolism MRI pituitary normal. Acth level low.H/o exogenous steroid 2010.

How to know either it's from adrenal or pituitary gland that cause my hypocortisolism MRI pituitary normal. Acth level low.H/o exogenous steroid 2010.

Stimulate adrenals: Have your doctor do an adrenal stimulation test to check your adrenal response. Acth levels are often inaccurate and frequently not diagnostic. If you're on cortisone replacement already, it doesn't make much difference what the cause is, however your pituitary function can be analyzed one hormone at a time. Check w/an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Will repeated adrenal crisis weaken the adrenal gland?

Will repeated adrenal crisis weaken the adrenal gland?

No: People have an "adrenal crisis" only when the adrenal is already very weakened or absent. The crisis can be dangerous, but will not affect the gland itself. ...Read more

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What pituitary hormones cause the adrenal gland to produce mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens and estrogens including pregnenolone?

What pituitary hormones cause the adrenal gland to produce mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens and estrogens including pregnenolone?

Pituitary & steroids: Hi. Pituitary ACTH regulates adrenal cortisol production; it also acutely stimulates aldosterone, but is not the principle regulator. LH principally stimulates gonadal steroid hormone production (both genders make androgens & estrogens, but in opposite dominance). Pregnenolone is early in the steroidogenic pathway in both adrenals and gonads. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lab tests: SED 25, glucose 80, luteinizing horm 5.0, thyroid stimulating horm 0.966, FSH 7.1. All on 12/17/14. Related to chronic hives?

Lab tests: SED 25, glucose 80, luteinizing horm 5.0, thyroid stimulating horm 0.966, FSH 7.1. All on 12/17/14. Related to chronic hives?

No: See a dermatologist. Do you take aspirin or any meds or any herbs or vitamins, etc.? Hives for over 6 weeks is termed chronic urticaria and is usually not allergy. Meanwhile you can try Zyrtec (cetirizine) (cetirazine) 1 or 2 a day. Sometimes larger doses may be used. There is a chance it could make you sleepy. ...Read more

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Stress can increase tsh, but how high cortisol causes low TSH where as stress causes high cortisol production.?

Stress can increase tsh, but how high cortisol causes low TSH where as stress causes high cortisol production.?

Cortisol: This is a very complex system. In very basic terms cortisol is produced in response to stress and feeds back inhibiting production of itself (inhibiting crh and acth). Cortisol also inhibits TSH production (as well as growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone and lh production). Thus limiting the response to stress. It is though in chronic stress this feedback mechanism breaks down. ...Read more

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Could steroid hormones weaken the immune system?

Could steroid hormones weaken the immune system?

Yes: Hi. Yes, "steroid hormones" (specially glucocorticoids) can suppress a number of immune system functions. A classic example is prednisone. It is used to suppress immune system functions like inflammation and transplanted tissue rejection. some autoimmune reactions (which involve inflammation), etc. Increased risk of certain infections with glucocorticoid therapy. ...Read more

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How could taking cortisone chronically damage the adrenal cortex?

How could taking cortisone chronically damage the adrenal cortex?

Causing hypoadrenal: The adrenal cortex makes Hydrocortisone under the influence of acth from the pituitary. Too much cortisone will suppress the pituitary so it will not stimulate the adrenal to produce its own steroid. After taking cortisone in tapering amounts the adrenal will eventually wake up. ...Read more

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Acth stim test. Results of rise of cortisol and 17-0hp normal. What causes moderate elevation of androstenedione, slight elevation testosterone?

Acth stim test. Results of rise of cortisol  and 17-0hp normal. What causes moderate elevation of androstenedione, slight elevation testosterone?

Obesity: and insulin resistance, possibly PCOS are the most common, but you need to discuss w/your doctor. Ask about possible use of metformin to lower insulin resistance and spironolactone to lower testosterone. Plus you need diet, exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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 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