I took a saliva test (four times of spitting in one day) less than a month ago and received my results. They were:
1. morning: 1.1 (reference range: 0.5-5.7),
2. four hours after awakening: 0.74 (reference range: 0.2-3.6),
3. eight hours after awakening: 0.7 (reference range: 0.2-2.4),
4. before bed: 0.3 (reference range: 0.2-1.3).
As you can see, my results were all very low - I think the reference range is placed way too low. I've read online what would be best is that my morning cortisol was somewhere around 4-5 and then gradually dropped during the way, but as you can see, it's nowhere near that number. My GP laughed at me for even doing the test - she didn't even know what the symptoms were for AF (I have pretty much all of them) or how the test is done, I had to explain it to her, but that didn't stop her from bullying me. I am seeing an endo at the end of this month, but I'm feeling horrible. Also, the results of my last thyroid checkup for TSH said I was at 4.75, with the upper reference range being 5 - that is also a clue for hypothyroidism, which I was told I had when I was 13, but my doctor said that was normal too, just like my cortisol. Whatever it is - I am not feeling well at all, I am extremely exhausted and dizzy all day, every day, I just can't get enough sleep or make myself do anything. Top it off I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks all the time and I'm severely depressed. By the way, I'm 20 and from Croatia. Any thoughts/ideas/opinions more than appreciated.