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Fatigue Cortisol Level
Cortisol is what the body produces. It is often obtained to check if your body's adrenal gland (which produces the cortisol) is functioning well especially after one has been taking cortisone (prednisone) for a long time. Sometimes it is used to screen out over-production of cortisone by the body ...Read more
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Varies: Prolactin is elevated naturally in pregnancy and breastfeeding; if neither apply to you and it is markedly elevated, it may be a prolactinoma. See your doctor for further evaluation. Cortisol elevation can be anything that stresses your body. There are disease states with excessive cortisol production, but these are less likely. Again, discuss with your doctor. ...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
Hormone regulation: Simple answer: not really, but it depends on what else is going on. Cortisol and testosterone are regulated by ACTH and LH, both from the pituitary. A pituitary disorder could affect one or both. Both C and T are higher in the AM. C increases with stress. Stress can affect sexual performance, cause fatigue, etc, but not usually through lowering T. What's your "real" question? ...Read more
Unlikely but...: Rhodiola is known to improve thyroid function and thus might be expected to reduce TSH levels somewhat (though more research on this is needed). However, a low TSH tends to be a sign of hyperthyroidism and, as far as i know, rhodiola is not known to stimulate the thyroid to the point of hyperthyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes......: The short answer is yes. The longer and still very inadequate answer is yes, but the effect can vary based on the type of stress, the chronicity of the stress, the age, gender, genetics and emotion traits of the individual being stressed and so on. Current theory would hold that the origin of many of the inflammatory conditions we face, including depression, can be found in question you ask! ...Read more
Cortisol: Blood cortisol varies throughout the day. Although it tends to be higher in the am than the pm, it is pulsatile, and responds to stress. So it is not a simple matter to even define an elevated pm cortisol. Cushing's syndrome elevates both am and pm cortisol and removes the circadian pattern. You don't mention why this was measured. Suggest seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more
Doubtful: Best to consult with dr who ordered testing. ...Read more
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
Can adrenal fatigue cause low grade fever? Are progesterone and estrogen levels related to adrenalin and cortisol?
Dubious diagnosis: "adrenal fatigue" is a pop diagnosis, not an evidence-based one. Since true addison[s isn't a febrile illness, this isn't either. I've wondered if the "subclinical addison's" claims might have something to them, but would urge you not to self-diagnose. The danger of self-diagnosis / treatment is missing another real emotional, situational or physical problem. Your doctor should work your temp up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible low progesterone levels? Symptoms: debilitating headaches, mental fogginess, low Vit D levels, mood swings and infertility.
Problems: Your list of symptoms indicates that you need to see your doctor some time soon to work out what is wrong with you and how it can be controlled. ...Read more
If high cortisol can decrease serotonin levels then can low cortisol(like due to iatrogenic adrenal suppression) increase serotonin levels?
Yes: Glandulars have been a traditional source of these hormones, but there absorption is not realiable. Check with your doctor or check out acam which is an organization that has investigated and held standards on hormone supplementation. They even have a physician referral on there website. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
40 yr old f, thyroid & cortisol acth lvls normal, low testosterone though. Low libido, hair loss, extreme tiredness & mood swings. Meds not helping!
Medications: This could be related to the medications u r on, so i recommend review with your prescribing doc. ...Read more
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