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Possible adrenal problems?

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  • Posted By: Cutter
  • February 3, 2007
  • 08:59 PM

I had been exercising 6 days per week and gradually putting weight on (muscle) and was feeling great. Then I suddenly became very fatigued throughout the day and was unable to continue exercising. I had thought that maybe the level of activity I was performing had pushed me into a hypoglycemic state but monitoring of my blood glucose levels all showed normal levels. The second symptom which appeared shortly after this was that my skin surface temperature began to fluctuate. At times it was normal, then warm and then very cold to the touch. My actual body temperature though remained normal at 36.7 'C. I had my thyroid checked and that came back normal. The third symptom I experienced, usually occured in the middle of the night but not always. I became (best way I can describe it) very anxious. It was as though I was two people with one person wanting to lie there and not do anything while the other person wanted to do a 1000 things all at the same time. However, this was not an anxiety attack as my heart rate did not change during this episode. It was an actual physical experience though as I could feel something was not right from my neck down to my abdomen.

The last doctor I saw told me that I was dreaming all of this. Like I said though, these episodes did not all take place at night. Some occured during the daytime when I was fully awake. Those which did occur at night left me wide awake for an hour or longer, sometimes even getting up to walk around. This doctor dismissed the Cortisol test I had (at the request of his collegue) which came back normal anyway. It was his collegue's belief that this could be an adrenal problem. This doctor though claimed that I would be experiencing severe symptoms all the time if it had anything to do with my adrenal glands. It is my understanding though that cortisol levels fluctuate during the day and are highest at night and need to be monitored over a 24 hour period for an accurate diagnosis (or at least a start to a diagnosis).

Here is a summary:

Heartrate: 66
Blood pressure: 110/72
Thyroid (TSH): normal
Cortisol (singular blood test): normal
Potassium: normal
Sodium: normal
Blood glucose: 4.3 - 6.1 (within 1 hour after eating)
White Cell count: normal
All other counts: normal

I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in April (long time away) but I want to try and rule out any possible cause(s) for what I am experiencing before then. My current diet is generally good with no sugar or stimulants but I have lost some weight due to being fatigued throughout the day.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Thanks for reading this.

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  • I recently found out i had adrenal problems and what some doctorsconsider in normal range for cortisol isnt, 15 or over is what is, you havea lot of the symptoms and do you feel worst between 3-5 pm and best at night but usually get a second wind late? Those are common symptoms. Theres a book called adrenal insufficiency and its at local stores i hope you get more information, I have problems with exercise also so im guessing that you right;)
    erin23 19 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 00:38 AM
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  • Thanks for the reponse erin.My cortisol levels were assessed from a single blood sample so they would only be accurate for that time of day. My reading was 322 nmol/L which was mid-range on the lab scale.As I type this my skin is very cold to the touch but I am warm. The 'anxious' feeling I mentioned is usually experienced during the night (1-4 a.m.) but I have experienced it a few times in the evening.I am really just trying to find out what is happening so that I can get back to working out again. As it is right now, I am concerned that the condition will worsen if I add physical activity. Unfortunately, the previous doctor could offer no assurances to this.
    Cutter 1 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 01:56 AM
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