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Low cortisol...Extremely urgent! please help!!

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  • Posted By: tish1001
  • September 26, 2012
  • 05:43 PM

My mum 49 yrs, have been suffering for hyponatremia for 4 months. Doctors have found cortisol to be low. ACTH stimulation test is normal which indicates that her adrenaline is functioning properly. There are some problem with pituitory or hypothalamus. DOctors have given cortisol replacement hormone. I know cortisol replace hormone has several side effect. is this the right course of treatment? how can the main problem with pituitory be found out? what are the tests for that? Last please help me with any doctors name who live in live and specialises in Pituitory diseases. I am feeling helpless as no doctors are able to diagnose the exact cause of low cortisol or hypernatrmia. She was also having UTI. She had medicine and it has recovered now.

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  • If cortisol is low, then I think it's easy enough to just replace it with pills. The problem comes when cortisol is too high: there's not really any effective pill for that, so that's when it's really important to find the source of the problem so the doctors can literally cut it out of you. If your mom can get better on pills, that's much better than brain surgery.
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