Just stopping in briefly to ask a question. I hope everyone is doing well.
I'm back to club zero after being diagnosed with PMR about 12 years ago. Prednisone was my best friend for a long time but not so much during the last 3-4 years.
I'm still learning things and this has piqued my interest. I'm reasonably knowledgeable about metabolic lab panels and my blood CO2 level has been low for a long time. I never thought too much about it. My GP brought it up once but as I recall, it didn't seem significant. I personally, felt it was better that it was too low as compared to being too high. I googled it today just to see what might explain it. I found the following:
The part that was most interesting was the following:
Too little CO2 in the blood may indicate: Addison's disease, another disorder of the adrenal glands. In Addison's disease, the glands don't produce enough of certain types of hormones, including cortisol. The condition can cause a variety of symptoms, including weakness, dizziness, weight loss, and dehydration.
I do have a low cortisol level but according to my endocrinologist it is adequate. I never had a synacthen test because my endocrinologist says that my adrenals haven't had time to recover.
Any comments would be appreciated. ... thanks