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I have been having what I belive is Adrenal Fatigue. I went and had the ACTH test and it was normal. I had a urin cortisol test and it was high and I also had a blood cortisol and DHEAS test and both were low.
I did a saliva test for the DHEAS and it was low and the so was the cortisol saliva test starting in the PM. I am also hypothyroid with hashimotos. I have terriable exhaustion and achyness that wont go away. My tiredness is sometimes accompined with and upper back pain and intense itching in the lung area. At first I thought it was a lung problem but doc check to see if I had fluid and there was none. Nothing I do stops my symptoms. I have been hypo and hyper and still have the exhaustion. I am on armour thyroid and have been for quite some time after switching from levothyroxine, which did nothing for me. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows the true safety of talking DHEA? I belive this will raise my DHEAS level but I dont want my testestrone or estorgen to rise. I was thinking of just taking 5 mg of pure pharmacy grade DHEA for about 9 months to see if I improve. Do you think this is risky? At this point I am willing to try anything to feel better.
thanks
Yes, those are some of the symptoms of Cushing's. However, I have met some with Cushing's that did not gain weight. Unfortunately, it is not an easy disease to diagnose and not everyone has all the symptoms and some do not gain (wish that had been me!).
Still, I would go see a pituitary endo doctor as it is strange that you are having both high and low results and get a ACTH stimulation test.
I have had friends that *swung* from too high to too low with cortisol - when you are too low, you want salt and are very sick and too high, you have energy and feel fine.
If you do crave salt, that means your body needs it - you can get salt tablets so that you do not have to consume, say, empty carbos to get what your body is screaming for. I would encourage you to get some and take it when your body needs it so you will not get ill.





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