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May 20, 2004
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I have been feeling fatigue for 6 months. A few weeks ago I had a cortisol test. The results were as follows: 8:00 AM 10 : 12:00 P.M 10 : 4:00 PM 3 :
12:00 AM 1. My doctors put me on 20mg of Hydrocortisone. I take 10mg in the morning, 5mg at noon, and 5 in the afteroon. He also put me on adrenal extracts. I am feeling much better now. Is anyone else using this type of therapy? If so, then what were your cortisol numbers before and after? How long does this therapy last? Can you notice a difference in a few months?

I had an ACTH test at 2:15 on 5/18. My baseline was 10 and the results were 21 and 22. How can I have low cortisol in my salvia tests and pass a ACTH test. I was taken off the hydrocortisone 24 hours before the tests. I know that ACTH only tests adrenal reserves and not moment by moment stress levels. Could by adrenals become stronger during the 3 weeks of therapy on the cortef?

Please advise.

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