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Dear Chris -

Thank you so much for responding to my post. You have no idea how troubled i have been that none of the docs can tell me what any of this means (stim test results).

After my last thyroid levels, my T3 dose was raised. i am now on Levoxyl 150mg (i used to be on synthroid but was switched a few years ago when i saw richard shames, md) - i also am taking cytomel 25mg.

can you tell me a little bit more what my stim test results mean in light of the fact that i had just been off HC 24 hours and still had some in my tissues -

Additionally, my baseline cortisol was 23.5 - this seems pretty normal? why is this in the high end of normal range if i am suppost to be Addison's?

Again, thank you so much. I appreciate your point about the estrogen - i didnt know that DHEA reflected estrogen levels - i thought it was a adrenal hormone.

i will increase my soy (whoops - this isnt good for the thyroid)

by the way, should the endo gotten levels on my renin or other adrenal hormones?

Looking forward to hearing back from you and anyone else.
Ramie
Dear Chris,

Thanks so much for all your help. You have really helped me to clarify my concerns. I wanted to run a theory by you about the results of my ACTH stim test (results on included in my first post on page 1). I believe that my baseline cortisol was as high as it was because i had been on HC for several months and had only DC it 24 hours prior to this blood draw. Because it remains in your system at 1/2 24 hours after d/c, my baseline cortisol level was what it was - normal range. However, as you pointed out, it i had been off of it longer, over time my level would of approached the 5.3 cortisol level taken a year prior to staring HC.

I also wonder that because my thyroid levels are on the low end of normal, that i didnt metabolize the HC as quickly as someone whose thyroid was functioning more normally - does this make sense??

also, what thyroid meds do you suggest i be on? if i start amour do i continue on lex and cytomel? thanks.

looking forward to hearing back from you.

Ramie
Dear Chris,

Thanks so much for all your help. You have really helped me to clarify my concerns. I wanted to run a theory by you about the results of my ACTH stim test (results on included in my first post on page 1). I believe that my baseline cortisol was as high as it was because i had been on HC for several months and had only DC it 24 hours prior to this blood draw. Because it remains in your system at 1/2 24 hours after d/c, my baseline cortisol level was what it was - normal range. However, as you pointed out, it i had been off of it longer, over time my level would of approached the 5.3 cortisol level taken a year prior to staring HC.

I also wonder that because my thyroid levels are on the low end of normal, that i didnt metabolize the HC as quickly as someone whose thyroid was functioning more normally - does this make sense??

also, what thyroid meds do you suggest i be on? if i start amour do i continue on lex and cytomel? thanks.

looking forward to hearing back from you.

Ramie





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