I've been dealing with high cortisol for the several years (possibly more) and cannot seem to get it under control any means. My last salivary cortisol is the highest it's ever been (will list figures below) and my sleep is now seriously impaired.
I'm sick of being told it's "stress", I'm unable to do much aside from sit in bed precisely because of how terrible I feel, if I my cortisol is rocketing from doing nothing at all surely something is wrong??
I rest, take ashwanghanda, tulsi, valerian, avoid stimulants etc. It's still not coming down. I've had very low cortisol previously and assumed eventually high cort would result in a crash eventually, that this sort of high in unsustainable? How is it still going???
The brain mri came up clear, my dexamethasone test also came back normal but my saliva results are still coming back elevated at all points. The endo insisted I didn't have cushings based on appearance alone and had no other suggestions post testing. I'm starting to think of other possibilities like adrenal tumor or that it's something testing so far failed to pickup (perhaps I need another brain mri) Any ideas?
Morning range: 42.22 (7.45-32.56)
Afternoon: 15.33 (2.76-11.31)
Evening: 7.6 (1.38-7.45)
Midnight: 7.52 (0.83-3.86)
*I have thyroid issues too (hypo) and think the meds failure to fully alleviate my symptoms is due at least in part to these adrenal problems.