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Adrenal Problems?
Sep 10, 2004
Hi, I'm usually over at the thyroid boards but thought I give it a try over here. I'm a 33 year old female, over weight since birth of last child five years ago. CAN NOT seem to lose any weight..don't gain, other than the 5-6 pounds per month with menses which I lose again within a week after that. Approximately 4 weeks ago I was started on 25 mcg of Synthroid for very mild hypothyroidism. My test results at that time were FT4 1.2(.08-1.8) and TSH was 5.823 (.35-5.50) the triiodothryonine free was 3.4(2.3-4.2) and the thyroid antibodies were normal. I also had a random cortisol urine test done (in the morning)and it was 5.0 (3.1-22.4)my testosterone level was 30.9(5.7-77.0) and the fsh was 3.48(1.38-131.00) and the estradiol was 58.9(4.1-382.0). I also have very low cholesterol at 120 (128-200) the trig's and hdl and ldl were all normal. I have suffered from constant fatigue, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems and a host of other things for years. This is the first doctor that has ever considered any type of treatment. She is sending me for a cortrysin stimulation test. I'm guessing to check for adrenal insufficiency.Could my cortisol be too high? I thought most who had low adrenals experienced weight loss. If my cortisol is actually high, is this test going to hurt me? I just get worried because I have had a severe reaction to epinephrine before which is an adrenaline and I am just sensative to some meds anyhow. So, could I really have and adrenal problem and is that fixable? Thanks for your help!

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