The results are what I thought, guess I'm here as part of my pity party for myself. They looked practically flat-line. My 8am was 5, normal is 13-24. At 8am should be the highest for the day. You're doing well if you're near the top, at 24. For the day, my "cortisol load" was 14, normal is 22 to 46.
I think I've had Adrenal fatigue for years. Any stress just throws me back down. I couldn't get out of bed last year. Now here I am, feeling a little better after trying for the past year, and still, I see these poor tests results. I've tried diet, supplements, less stress....on and on....
I think the Adrenal is the primary problem and it keeps my thyroid suppressed. My free T3 is always below normal. I'm on Armour, 1 grain. If I try and raise it, my body rebels with negative reaction. I get splitting headaches, worse fatigue, and high blood pressure. Otherwise, I have blood pressure that drops when I bend over, then stand up...so I get dizzy. I know that's from the Adrenal fatigue.
So....how to correct the Adrenal fatigue. I should probably check into the cause further and have a ACTH stim test? I read this should be done, before you start any hydrocortisone. I think I will need the HC. Was on it a few years ago, then my doctor suddenly died and I gradually went off. I did ok, until my life got very hectic and stressful....then I got to where I about collapsed. I'm 5-6 and was 125 to 130+....my weight dropped to 113. I was too weak to even care to eat. Now I'm 120 to 125. That's more low adrenal then hypothyroidism! Any advice? Thanks!