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Re: What is wrong?
Feb 2, 2014
Hi Elena -

I know you say you feel better on the 15 mg of hydrocortisone, but you may be undertreating your condition, as I've never heard of anyone feeling good on such a low dose. And often symptoms of too little cortisol can be mistaken for too much, and this is because when you're producing too little cortisol, your adrenal glands sense this as somewhat of a "danger" and so produce adrenaline to try and compensate for the necessary cortisol not being produced. And as we know, adrenaline doesn't make you feel the usual fatigue, etc. that we all associate with Addison's or Adrenal Insufficiency. So you think that your cortisol levels are fine.

I only say this because headaches are such a huge sign of low cortisol, but I also realize that headaches are indicative of so many other conditions as well. I think a couple of the other very revealing symptoms of low cortisol are salt cravings/needs, hypoglycemia, low stamina, and difficulty with sleep & rising in the morning.

Perhaps to give yourself peace of mind, you might consider asking your endo to do a 24 hour urine cortisol test. This way you can see exactly where you stand in the way of your cortisol level/dosing/etc.

Take care...


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