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Thanks for the reply. I saw an endocrinologist, and I really don't think it was worth my time. My GP says my cortisol is very high but the endocrinologist told me that my levels were all in his "reference range" so he doesn't think it could be a hormonal problem and that I should speak to a gastroenterologist. I felt very dismissed and confused leaving his office. How can these doctors have different opinions on what's considered high or low? He also said my prolactin was on the high side now when I was previously told it was low.

Do you suffer from any anxiety or stress? It took me a long time to admit it to myself but I'm a very worrisome person, and have suffered quite a bit of anxiety. I've had obsessive compulsive tendencies/thoughts since I was young.

Have you heard of adrenal fatigue/exhaustion? I've read numerous times that in the early stages it can exhibit all of our symptoms with high cortisol...but after the body has been exposed to high cortisol for a lengthened amount of time, the adrenal glands eventually break down and low cortisol levels result. I've been making an honest attempt to decrease my stress and do more things that I enjoy. It does help alleviate certain symptoms, especially bowel related ones. I've heard it can take up to 2 years to restore the adrenals.

The problem is, most North American doctors only recognize adrenal issues in their most severe forms: Cushing's and Addison's disease. So you'll have to either be your own advocate or seek out a naturopath.

Something to consider anyways, let me know how you're doing :) All the best to your health and happiness :)

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