Hello, I've spent the past year trying to get to the bottom of my health issues. I've been very unwell for over a year with a wide range of symptoms including: flu-like weakness (which has left me in a wheelchair), muscle weakness, joint pain, severe 24/7 lightheadedness, fatigue, low blood pressure, hairloss, digestive issues, frequent urination and so on.
I had a thyroid panel done last year and it seemed to be OK (I posted here actually and was given the all clear!). However the test didn't include reverse T3, which I know can be an issue.
My Cortisol results were as follows:
Sample 1 (post awakening) - 16. 94 (range 2.68 - 9.30 nmol/L)
Sample 2 - 15.23 (0.75 - 2.93)
Sample 3 - 3.78 (0.36 - 1.88)
Sample 4 - 0.83 (< 93)
Does anybody understand the likelihood of a link to my thyroid in spite of an OK thyroid panel? The adrenal groups seem to think it unlikely that stress alone could cause such elevated levels. Is there a link between Cortisol and RT3?
Lastly, does anybody know how to reduce Cortisol levels - stress management aside? I've ordered some holy basil...but any tips welcome!
Thank you in advance for any comments, advice, suggestions!