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I've read that not enough cortisol can cause tsh levels to go up.

however, if there is a range of cortisol that is "ok" how to know if i'm actually getting enough replacement hydrocortisone to keep my tsh level balanced? My doctor doesn't have much experience with addisons, and mostly leaves my HC dosage up to how i feel. I also do the 24 hr. urine test which they always say is just fine (but again, there's a range of fine). If i'm on the lower end of "just fine" could that cause my tsh to go up?

is it possible that i feel good on a lower dose of hydrocortisone than i actually need? i had been taking 17.5 at 8 a.m. and 5 at 2 p.m. but recently i've just been taking 15 in the am and 5 in the pm, and have been feeling less weakness and shaking in my upper arms on that dose (seems strange).

Is there a test that measure tsh through the day or week? I've also been told that tsh goes up and down frequently.

just trying to understand so i can get the care i need!





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