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I have been dx with adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue. I have been taking hydrocortisone in physiological doses 4 x day. I would like to hear from others who have knowledge or personal experiences with this. Please tell me what dosage regime is best for someone having lowest cortisol levels in the morning. Also, what may I expect to notice? What are the side-effects of this hormone? Can it effect one's metabolism? Can it affect the thyroid? I would appreciate hearing back from everyone soon, including moderators. Thank you, binks
Chris-

How does one determine what is the "right level"? Can taking hydrocortisone cause weight gain? It did in my case. What would you attribute this too? binks
Chris,

If "binks" hasn 't been tested positive for actual adrenal FAILURE rather than fatigue, wouldn't he have to worry that taking the hydrocortisone might shut his adrenal glands down completely, so that he would be bound to take it for the rest of his life? Perhaps I have gotten confused on this issue. I don't know whether this might have been one of the recommendations in Wilson's book, which I have, but can't think of the name of right now? Has been a while since I've looked at it. Would be helpful for ME to know, too, as Trav's doctor said something about trying him on a few DAYS of Cortisol of some kind to see if he sprang to life. But she sounded as if she didn't want to try it unless we could be sure his adrenals were not producing, as it could shut them down. She did suggest that trying just a few days was done, and was usually not harmful, but I've read so many times that once you start, you dare not stop. Can you clarify this info for us? Thanks, :wave: Tracy
Thanks, Chris! Is a bit confusing to me, all these new facts I've tried to learn within this past year (with the diabetes). Sometimes it gets all mixed up in my head. Thought it might be a pertinent question for "binks", too. But maybe thay are O.K. with what they are doing. ~ :wave: Tracy
[QUOTE=binks]Chris-

How does one determine what is the "right level"? Can taking hydrocortisone cause weight gain? It did in my case. What would you attribute this too? binks[/QUOTE]





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