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Does anyone know whether low cortisol and adrenal fatigue can occur seemingly only during certain parts of the menstrual cycle? After my period I have very bad fatigue (not anemic) that lasts for a week or more. It's mainly during the afternoons and it feels like exhaustion unrelated to anything I'm doing. I think my cortisols levels are low. But then I usually have good energy for about a week before my period. Any connection?
It's interesting you should say that, because I'm having the exact same experience every month (or every cycle, rather). I was planning to do a 24-hour cortisol profile test (saliva), but my sleep cycle gets messed up each month (cycle) as well, so I haven't been able to take the test yet.

Sorry I haven't been much help--just wanted to let you know I can relate. :)
I just took the saliva test for cortisol so I'll see if that shows anything. Sorry you're having problems but it's good to hear from someone who can relate. I also have some sleep problems mainly before my period. Since I'm nearing 50 (but no real menopause symptoms) I wonder also if the exhaustion is related to lowered hormone levels after my period. But then I've had this for about 10 years I think although only recently connected it to certain time in cycle. Well, I'll post if I get any more info and maybe someone else will write in. Christine
[QUOTE=christinev]Does anyone know whether low cortisol and adrenal fatigue can occur seemingly only during certain parts of the menstrual cycle? After my period I have very bad fatigue (not anemic) that lasts for a week or more. It's mainly during the afternoons and it feels like exhaustion unrelated to anything I'm doing. I think my cortisols levels are low. But then I usually have good energy for about a week before my period. Any connection?

Recently I got ACTH stimulation test for establishing a diagnosis for morning low cortisol levels ,I too do have all those symptoms just before periods including lactation,I am 36 and am not breast feeding .Hence I do believe there is a connection.I am trying to educate myself about Addison,whatever is the outcome of the test.
[QUOTE=christinev]Does anyone know whether low cortisol and adrenal fatigue can occur seemingly only during certain parts of the menstrual cycle? After my period I have very bad fatigue (not anemic) that lasts for a week or more. It's mainly during the afternoons and it feels like exhaustion unrelated to anything I'm doing. I think my cortisols levels are low. But then I usually have good energy for about a week before my period. Any connection?[/QUOTE]

Hi Christinev, I'm Chrispy61 My daughter was Just diagnosis with AD and she was in mid stream of menstrual cycle. it made it worse. I'm learing about the disease now for 3 days. As I learn more I'll pass it on to everyone.
Please ask you Dr maybe when the time of cycle comes there is something you can do to make you feel 100%. This is a Great Board. I'm going to get my daughter to join.

Chrispy61





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