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Hello! I have not been diagnosed with anything other than Hashimoto's hypothyroid. I have had severe fatigue, brain fog, on and on for about three years now. My thyroid has been normal (and never was very far from normal) for awhile now. However, I still have symptoms; I have nearly all the symptoms of Addison's. I was surprised that my cortisol level came back within the normal range, sort of low but not o the bottom of the range. Does this rule out Addison's? Or could the level be dropping, and I am experiencing symptoms due to decrease? From my internet research it seems that it's really you have it or you don't, and that you don't get the symptoms if your cortisol is in normal range..... Can someone tell me? I am finally at my wit's end and can't keep on my everything's okay mask anymore....
Hi there -
I'm sorry that you're having such a hard time. If your cortisol is in normal range, you do not have Addison's, however, you may have a degree of Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency. This can also make you feel horrible, fatigued, and all the rest of it that goes along with adrenal problems. Unfortunately, as debilitating as this condition can be, it is not recognized by most traditional doctors, but there is A LOT you can do on your own, with regards to lifestyle choices, diet, adequate rest, supplements, etc. that can strengthen and heal your adrenal glands. Trust me, you want to do all you can to keep these glands healthy, as they're pretty much in charge of most life-sustaining processes in the body.

I highly recommend the book, Adrenal Fatigue - The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson. N.D., D.C., Ph.D. It's a great place to start.

Take Care...


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