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1. I'm 3+ years postmenopausal.
2. I already know my estradial is low (11). Progesterone is 56 and FSH is 70.
3. My cortisol was recently tested 8 a.m = .44 (range was .04-.56 mcg/dL). 4p.m. was .04 (range was anything less than .15 mcg/dL). Told cortisol levels were "normal."
4. I have a morning flare up of pain from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome...turns on about 8:30-9:00 am and turns off about 9:30-10:00 a.m like clockwork. Can't do a thing to prevent it...or so I thought.
5. When doctor suspected adrenal depletion, I read. While I waited for results, I read. I thought "add some DHEA" instead added 15mg Pregnenolone. Pain went away...so far 9 out of 12 days no morning flare up.
6. because of an upcoming surgery can't test ALL hormones to see what, if anything, is deficient. Believe Pregnenolone and/or DHEA and ???? are deficient to explain disappearance of morning pain.
7. Is it possible that with the relatively high cortisol in the am (even though within range it is on the high end) if I was low in either DHEA and/or Pregnenolone that the Cortisol/DHEA/Pregnenolone RATIO would be higher thus giving the "affect" of HIGH cortisol which might explain why the pain comes and goes at that particular hour?
8. If I have normal cortisol but low DHEA and/or Pregnenolone is that considered "adrenal fatigue?" I seem to have all the other signs but then again many are quite common to many ailments. I've always salted things to death...I have always had low blood pressure and am suspectible to tiny dizzines if I get up too quickly, I am always tired (isn't everyone), I am moody and quick tempered (menopause too?) etc., etc.

Thanks in advance.





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