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Dhea level high
Jan 13, 2006
If someone were to have a high dhea level "going by saliva test here" does this mean they are on the verge of adrenal burnout?
Im concerned about a few test I had a few months ago.I posted the results on here but i cant recall if anyone responded or not..I do suffer from hypo still havent reached optimal level yet b/c the t4 makes me feel sick..Now with the test I had below i was on 15 mg of nature throid at the time..T3 was way too strong for me so i was taken off nature throid.. not sure if that was the reasoning behind the cortisol levels being high... So if anyone can help with these test id appreciate it ..thank you ;)

Here they are again ....
estradoil 4. 7 ranges 1.0 - 5.0
progesterone <15 L 100-600
testosterone 19 L 20-50
ratio pg/e2 3 L 50-200
dheas 14.7 H 3-10
cortisol morning 8.6 H 3-8
cortisol night 3.5 H 0.5-1.5
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 13, 2006
Bumping myself up here... :)
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 13, 2006
An odd set of tests you have there. I think you need another saliva test, but done 4 to 6 times in the day. High cortisol tends to push down DHEA and estrogen, but maybe not in your case, because the rest of the day your cortisol might be very low. Every once in a while, I see someone with high cortisol for morning and night, but very low the rest of the day.

If your do have adrenal insufficiency, that can cause hyper symptoms from the thyroid med. Try to get an ACTH stim test too.
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 13, 2006
[QUOTE=Hormoneman]An odd set of tests you have there. I think you need another saliva test, but done 4 to 6 times in the day. High cortisol tends to push down DHEA and estrogen, but maybe not in your case, because the rest of the day your cortisol might be very low. Every once in a while, I see someone with high cortisol for morning and night, but very low the rest of the day.

If your do have adrenal insufficiency, that can cause hyper symptoms from the thyroid med. Try to get an ACTH stim test too.[/QUOTE]

Thanks Hormoneman..I know my test results are insane..Wish I could make sense out of them.. :rolleyes:

Question does DHEA kinda tells the adrenals to put out more cortisol?
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 13, 2006
ACTH stims cortisol and DHEA. Cortisol is an antagonist of DHEA and vice versa. Your high DHEA suggests to me your cortisol is probably low the rest of the day

Your welcome
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 20, 2006
[QUOTE=likeme28]Here they are again ....
estradoil 4. 7 ranges 1.0 - 5.0
progesterone <15 L 100-600
testosterone 19 L 20-50
ratio pg/e2 3 L 50-200
dheas 14.7 H 3-10
cortisol morning 8.6 H 3-8
cortisol night 3.5 H 0.5-1.5[/QUOTE]

Elevated cortisol and DHEA are a sign of Cushing's disease. Other symptoms may include easy brusing, hypertension, low sex drive (low testosterone), anxiety, depression, general weakness, and weight gain.

When combined with thyroid problems you have to be more careful of your interpretation of symptoms because TSH and cortisol interact. For instance you may have weight loss rather than gain.
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 20, 2006
[QUOTE=orion]Elevated cortisol and DHEA are a sign of Cushing's disease. Other symptoms may include easy brusing, hypertension, low sex drive (low testosterone), anxiety, depression, general weakness, and weight gain.

When combined with thyroid problems you have to be more careful of your interpretation of symptoms because TSH and cortisol interact. For instance you may have weight loss rather than gain.[/QUOTE]
You know I was wondering about cushings after doing some research.I have all that above you have mentioned except hypertension blood pressure is normal and I do not bruise easily plus i have low sugar..Could cortisol levels throw off the thyroid?
Also before I had these test done..Ok on the cortisol levels through blood which i didnt post but here they are 14.5 AM ranges 5-25, PM 15.5 ranges 1.20 - 12.0 I had a panic attack before I went in for the PM lab, Now on the saliva test I had them done 8 months after a major surgery rod and 2 screws inserted in the tib and fib bc of a car wreck i was in, snapped my bones in half..So now i dont know if these things can impack the levels are not..thank you for your time.
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 20, 2006
Hello:

I have similar results, except my DHEA was about doulbe yours, my cotisol is always high in the morning but a saliva test showed that it drops way low in the day and then comes back to normal ranges in the night. I the elevated DHEA l was told is a result of my body trying to make enough cortisol in the mornings and put stress on my body.
I have issues with my thyroid also even though my labs say they are okay, l am still trying to figure everything out. I have to take each it day by day, its difficult to even make it though each day.
I am taking all kinds of vitamins to try and help my adrenals like:
B-Complex
Viatmin C
Adrenal Extract
Omega 3
Magnesium
L-tyrosine
5mg of Cytomel
So far havent noticed any difference after about two months.
What are your symptoms?

VAN
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 21, 2006
[QUOTE=van7771]Hello:

I have similar results, except my DHEA was about doulbe yours, my cotisol is always high in the morning but a saliva test showed that it drops way low in the day and then comes back to normal ranges in the night. I the elevated DHEA l was told is a result of my body trying to make enough cortisol in the mornings and put stress on my body.
I have issues with my thyroid also even though my labs say they are okay, l am still trying to figure everything out. I have to take each it day by day, its difficult to even make it though each day.
I am taking all kinds of vitamins to try and help my adrenals like:
B-Complex
Viatmin C
Adrenal Extract
Omega 3
Magnesium
L-tyrosine
5mg of Cytomel
So far havent noticed any difference after about two months.
What are your symptoms?

VAN[/QUOTE]
Hi, Van..
Pshh Ive got an array of symptoms..I cant tolerate my thyroid meds, tired all the time, weight, gain, muscle weakness, very irritable, mood swings, irregular menstrual cycle, vision problems, low blood sugar, anxiety and derpression..I think that covers it..lol
So you are taking the B-complex as well huh..i was told that it supports the adrenals..Like you I dont see or feel much of a difference..
I guess its just a long hard road..Could be worse I suppose..We just gotta hang in there .. Take Care
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 22, 2006
Likeme:

Whats up, l was looking over your cortisol results, l would have a saliva test done four times during the day. I had one done and found out that my cortisol levels are high in the morning and drop off to almost nothing in the day and then back to normal at night. You can find this out with normal blood testing. The question is what to do with those results, like l said l am on almost every Vitamin known to man for adrenal fatigue but havent noticed anything yet. I aslo am taking Cytomel to see if this may help, but l have read that thyroid meds and mess with your adrenals if they are fatigued or messed up. Anyway would you mind letting me know what your symptoms are, my worst symptoms now are the mental roller coaster l am on. Its crazy, anyway let me know if you would.

VAN
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 22, 2006
[QUOTE=van7771]Likeme:

Whats up, l was looking over your cortisol results, l would have a saliva test done four times during the day. I had one done and found out that my cortisol levels are high in the morning and drop off to almost nothing in the day and then back to normal at night. You can find this out with normal blood testing. The question is what to do with those results, like l said l am on almost every Vitamin known to man for adrenal fatigue but havent noticed anything yet. I aslo am taking Cytomel to see if this may help, but l have read that thyroid meds and mess with your adrenals if they are fatigued or messed up. Anyway would you mind letting me know what your symptoms are, my worst symptoms now are the mental roller coaster l am on. Its crazy, anyway let me know if you would.

VAN[/QUOTE]
Hey Van! Hows it going?, I think my worst symptoms im struggling with right now would have to be this low blood sugar and panic attacks..
I cant sleep w/o waking every 3hrs in some sort of panic or the feeling of low sugar..Im having trouble driving my car due to this panic or even getting out in certain public places..Its really starting to suck A$$ this whole thing has altered my life..I just would like to feel normal again, but like i said before there is so many worst things out there until i feel ashamed to even complain :rolleyes: .
Also what I dont get is how in the world can the thyroid effect the adrenals.. I mean come on those things should be stong enough to hold up to anything not buckle b/c of an underactive thyroid geesh..Well enough venting for the moment..lol
take care
Re: Dhea level high
Jan 24, 2006
I am still trying to figure the whole thyroid/adrenal connection out, l dont know whats causing me all the problems, l know that my adreanls are fatigued and l have half a thyroid with a nodule. But my labs for thyroid come back normal and my saliva testing says l am in severe stress mode and have fatigued adrenals. Sometimes l wonder if something else is going on with me, can my adreanls really make me feel like this?
Life can just suck when you feel like you want to die. Anyway let me know if you have any insight.

Thanks:

VAN





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