I did the 24 hour saliva test for Cortisol this week. I thought I should check it out as I don't seem able to go above a certain dose of Levo (100mcg) or D=NDT (1.5 grains), even though my blood tests seem to indicate I'm not optimally medicated. Also, over the last week I've started to suffer on and off with insomnia, waking at 3am and not being able to fall back to sleep
I just got the results back, and I'm shocked! They're so high above the normal ranges!
CORTISOL (SALIVA) WAKING *37.400 nmol/L 6.00 - 21.00
CORTISOL (SALIVA) 12:00 *92.900 nmol/L 1.50 - 7.60
CORTISOL (SALIVA) 16:00 *100.000 nmol/L 0.00 - 5.49
CORTISOL (SALIVA) BEFORE BED *6.440 nmol/L 0.00 - 1.99
Now, when I did this test, I'd suffered with a particularly bad night of insomnia the night before, I probably had about three hours of sleep and felt pretty terrible the next day at work. Would this cause my cortisol levels to be so high throughout the next day? Could this just be a temporary thing, a snap shot from a bad day? With hindsight, maybe I should have done the test when I was feeling a bit more normal on the day.
Anyway, I'm looking for advice on what to do now. Any recommendations for lowering my cortisol? I've been reading around the forum, and it looks like Holy Basil is a common supplement used by people to lower cortisol.
Is it even worth going to see my GP? Do they take much notice of these privately done tests? I've heard that they are only interested if you have Cushings or Addisons Disease, Adrenal fatigue etc is not really a thing for them. I think I'd probably rather do another test before I did see a doctor, make sure it wasn't a weird off day.