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[QUOTE=WandaB]Being low on cortisol keeps you awake the same as having too much. This kind of thing is what makes it difficult to hit the right replacement amount. It is all trial & error. WE have to decide what to try as the docs are mostly clueless beyond the "take the pill & you will be fine"! They just don't know about how we can split doses, try new amounts & etc. to make us feel the best we can. I sometimes take 1/4 to 1/3 of a Benedryl tablet to get to sleep. Maybe once in 2 or 3 weeks.

At the time you had the throat infection you could have doubled/tripled your cortisol replacement for 3 days to help get rid of it. Of course this is not what most will agree with, but it would have shortened the duration of that infection. Increasing for just---- 3 days---- will not shut down your immune system, then right back to normal dose. Have you had a chest x-ray because of the cough? If not it would be a good idea. Perhaps get your thyroid checked again along with the DHEA-S.

With adrenal insufficiency/addisons, recovery is usually slower.

Is it possible you have metal poisoning & not adrenal insufficiency?

It was back in 1998 to about 2001 that I was on too much replacement so I don't recall allot of it. Taking too much gave me more energy & helped me gain a ton of weight. I was working at the time & used to come home, do 1/2 hour on the treadmill (before osteo in one knee), cook dinner & sometimes do some laundry & cleaning. I would have to rest on the weekends. Of course I was younger than.

Happy to see Orion here. He is much more knowledgeable than I am![/QUOTE]

I believe he tested thyroid and some other things a month and a half ago, and I've been told recovery is slow, but my recovery is ridiculously slow.

if I had metal poisoning, wouldn't that mean I still had adrenal insufficiency? As in, I do have it, but even minus the metal poisoning, this is a permanent problem isn't it?

I do know that I had no pituitary tumor, and my adrenal problem isn't an autoimmune response. My test was negative of antibodies I recall for thyroid and adrenal glands.

I've been looking up the systems of mercury poisoning, and Metal disease CAN cause addison's as one of the symptoms, as well as affect other pituitary function.

I do have the all the symptoms of mercury poisoning(but they are basically the same considering it causes the same issues). When I was 18 and used to lift weights I'd eat 4 cans of tuna in the day for a few months, and I have 8 amalgram "silver" fillings and two crowns(Do they use mercury to bind the tooth to the crown?) when I had two chipped teeth during baseball.

The studies on dental amalgrams go back and forth though, though I've noticed there are many claims for it from people that made websites to let others know.

Anyways.. I guess we'll'd be too much to hope for I suppose to have metal poisoning at this point..I don't want to get myself excited and get severely disappointed.

Did you or Orion figure out what caused your problems for sure?

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