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Thanks for your help. I've always heard that Cortisol should double too. However, I've read that endos feel that anything over 20 is good, except that that is where mine started. My ACTH has ranged from 45-62 (Range 5-27) much HIGHER than normal. My DHEA-S is pathetic but the endo (supposedly a top doc) says there's nothing wrong with my adrenals. I tried to explain that my business is suffering as a result of my symptoms and and he suggested I wait awhile and just "see if it goes away", even though we've been at this since August.

Silent Thyroiditis is different from Hashi's although the version I had caused me to be hyper for quite some time. At that time (a little ovr a year ago) my TPO antibodies were quite high 11.6 (Range 0-2).

I've decided to take matters into my own hands and take DHEA. When he started talking about anti-depressants I figured I'd gone about as far as I could with this one.

Here are my other labs:

17-Hydroxyprogesterone 8am 59 (Range 20-170)
30 min 148
60 min 173

11-Desoxycortisol 8am 28 (Range <33)
60 min 97

17-Hydroxypregnenolone 8am 189 (Range <226)
30 min 538
60 min 909

Androstenedione 8am 1.4 (Range .5-2.7
60 min 1.6

DHEA 8am 5.8 (Range 1.9-7.6)
60 min 7.8

What books have you read that you've found helpful on this subject?

Keraly and group,

I found a new endo who is supposed to be good. After I suggested it, we decided to test Aldosterone, Renin and Antiadrenal antibodies. Here's what he came back with (remember I'm the one with low DHEA, low BP, high ACTH and Stim Test that came back less than perfect):

Antiadrenal Antibody screen: negative

Aldosterone: 1 ng/dL (Range-Upright 4-6PM 21ng/dL or less)

Plasma Renin Activity: 2.5 ng/mL/hr (Range-Nonhypertensive Adults 0.65-5.0 ng/mL/hr

Prolactin: 6.8 ng/mL (Range-Female non-preg 3.0-30.0)

Any thoughts?


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