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Morning Cortisol levels

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2008
  • 01:57 AM

52 year old female, with history of premature ovarion failure, Hashimotos, and hypothyroidism. After a prolonged period of deep fatigue, weakness (having to literally pull myself up the stairs), and hyperpigmentation, I requested a morning cortisol test. The blood was drawn at 10:30 am. I tested at 7.0, which I was told was normal, basd on a range of 4.0 - 23. Is this level normal for 10:30 in the morning? If levels peak around 8:00 and then decline, that seems low, or is that range normal throughout the day? Thank you.

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  • You need to have it done at 8 am and you should also ask for salvia and a 24 hr urine tests as well. Also they have a very informative site and message board at www.cushings-help.com Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2008
    • 09:41 PM
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  • HiI have also had a cortisol blood test recently & I'm getting the results from my endocrinologist tomorrow. In the meantime I've been reading & talking to others about this test & apparently it isn't a very reliable test. It should be done at 8am you're right, and this test can be affected by how stressed you've been in the morning before having the test etc...There are other tests that can be done, such as the test (I forget the name) where they take your blood then give you an injection & take another blood test about 4 hours later. There is also a saliva test that is supposed to be more effective than the single blood test which I assume you've had. I'd keep going back to the doctors until they are willing for you to have further tests doneGood luckCath
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 08:35 PM
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  • I know that your thyroid, pituitary and adrenals are all very related. Sounds like your adrenals are being affected as well. Cortisol is related to your adrenals. I would highly suggest getting a saliva test every four hours. Without seeing your thyroid test results, it's hard to tell what your main cause is. If your ovaries aren't producing hormones well that can throw everything off. If you have hashimotos, you probably are taking thyroid medication. It suprises me you're not feeling better. Are you taking Armor Thyroid? It's the best and more natural. Hmmm. If you really want to figure out what's going on I'd go see your endocrinologist and get a miriad of tests done for hormones, thyroid, and adrenals and try to figure out what's going on. I bet you're not taking enough thyroid meds (armor). But fatigue and weakness can be a hormone, thyroid or adrenal issue, not to mention many other things like depression. Good luck!52 year old female, with history of premature ovarion failure, Hashimotos, and hypothyroidism. After a prolonged period of deep fatigue, weakness (having to literally pull myself up the stairs), and hyperpigmentation, I requested a morning cortisol test. The blood was drawn at 10:30 am. I tested at 7.0, which I was told was normal, basd on a range of 4.0 - 23. Is this level normal for 10:30 in the morning? If levels peak around 8:00 and then decline, that seems low, or is that range normal throughout the day? Thank you.
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  • When you fall asleep the night before are you relaxed? Have you tried waking up naturally in the morning instead of to an alarm that might frighten your body?
    sarahhill033 10 Replies
    • February 9, 2011
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