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I lurk around the thyroid board, as I had a total thyroidectomy in Sept 06 and have been trying to regulate my thyroid meds since then. I was recently diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. My cortisol levels (according to a couple of saliva test within the last 2 years) are high in the morning, below range by noon and just in range for the rest of the day.

I took an ACTH stim test and was told it was "perfect."

After my very unsuccessful latest attempt at a thyroid med increase (very much needed according to labs and symptoms), my naturopathic doctor decided to try a therapeutic dosing of cortef. As of today, I am on 5 mcg twice a day - at 11:00 am and 3:00 p.m.

I took 5 mg at 11:00....15 minutes later I was feeling, well, rather wired. I called him and he was surprised to hear this as I'm on a low therapeutic dose. He said to keep taking it and we'll see how I'm doing in a few more days....

After the call I decided to go for a walk. I've calmed down a bit, my heart rate is very good, but I still feel drugged.

So, cortef experts, what do you think? Am I doomed from the start or do I just need to adjust to the shock to my system? My doc also said that I'm so "hard-wired" right now that it's hard to predict how I'll react to anything. I agree - I don't think I've ever been this constantly stressed out.

Any response appreciated.


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