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Hey you all. I am one of the newest hypoadrenalism sufferers to officially join you all. So now in addition to the Hashimoto's, secondary hypothyroidism, and possible hashimoto's encephalopathy; I get to add Add.. hypoadrenalism. My Cortisol was below range and my ACTH was high as well. My IM didn't say Addison's.. but preferred to call me a adrenal insufficient/hypoadrenalism. ;) Gotta love the MD speak. But given my autoimmune happy body.. I am betting it is.

So my MD told me I need to start Cortisol support by taking 5 mg hydrocortisone 4xdaily. I was also told it will take some tweeking on my part would be required to figure out when and how often to take my pills. The one issue I am worried about is sleep interference. I have sleep apnea and insomnia.. so I would prefer to not add to the insomnia. My sleep is precious and needed, what little I get.

So I am calling all experts out there. How do you time out and schedule your med dosages? I have to balance Gerd, allergy, and thyroid meds with this as well. So this is what I plan on doing.. tell me if it sounds good. Or if I am asking for trouble.

Synthroid at 6:30 am
hydrocortisol 7:30 am
hydrocortisol 11 am
hydrocortisol 3 pm
hydrocortisol 7 pm
vitamin and supplement slurry at 8 pm
antihistamine, decongestant, reflux meds at 10 pm.

It is sad, but I have had to set alarms to remind me to take my meds. Ugh! Who knew having to take supplements to replace your failed endocrine system could get so complex. I am glad I am a bit obsesive about schedules and such. Also do you all take additional supplements to aide in improving your function? If so what kind and scheduling works best for you.

My sincerest thanks in advance to everyone reading and sharing advice.

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