Estrogen and cortisol

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I don't have my blood test in front of me but cortisol was below normal, also estrogen, progest and testosteronews very low. I am taking prednisone 15mg a day for over a year now and can't get off of that. It's a mess. everything is short circuiting.
As regards the Estrogen and Progesterone levels I should point out that the numbers will vary greatly depending on when in your cycle those blood levels are taken. A progesterone test should be taken 7 days past ovulation - to tell if you have likely ovulated or not. If it is taken at other times it could be low (and would be normal). A progesterone cream is usually used starting 3 days past ovulation. If you are TTC eg you could go to Fertilityfriend.com eg for more info.
Typically though they don't mess with blood levels but usually free cortisol testing which is urine and saliva so that cortisol binding globulin is changed. I found this: "Question: Are there any drugs that interfere with cortisone metabolism or measurement that I shouldn't take while I am tapering off of replacement medication? Answer: A number of drugs interfere with cortisol metabolism including anti-seizure medications and anti-fungal medications.
My tests show I have low estrogen (also taking birth control pill), decreased cortisol in the morning and increased at night and elevated DHEA. I'm just baffled as to why I am sweating so much. Should I get treated for the estrogen or should they level out once my thyroid is fixed? I am taking natural supplements for my adrenals and might want to try HC but I have heard not so good stories about it. Are there natural adrenal meds or how should I go abouts treating it?
My starting cortisol prior to the injection was 5, my 1/2 hour cortisol was 6, and my 1 hour cortisol was 8. My doctor started me on hydrocortisone 10mg in the morning and 10 mg at noon. Ihave only missed 1 or 2 doses and when I do I feel horriable and have a really bad headache or migrain. I have been taking this for about a month. I felt much better in the begining now I feel almost like I did before I started the medication.
ShannieK, Back when I first was diagnosed with hypo, I didn't get the expected symptom relief and research I did mentioned LOW adrenal hormones could worsen symptoms of adrenal insufficiecy if you start thyroid med but do not first correct the hypo-cortisolism. As far as HIGH cortisol, there is probably an effect there as well because your thyroid and adrenal hormones interact and they even call it the Thyroid-Adrenal-Axis.
1 (according to more naturopath MDs) and that is what I strive for, but definitely get many of the symptoms you list above when my estrogen gets too high. Saw 3 traditional OBGYNs + 2 internists who were of no help to me and their primary solution was BCP then finally got relief from a preventative medicine MD. Might also try an anti-aging MD since they seem from my experience they tend to address hormone imbalance much differently than traditional GYN.
I consulted an endocrinologist and did some tests.Here are the results. TFT,free T4,T3-normal cortisol-29ug(normal 6-19) fsh-3.5 mIU/ml(normal 1.4 - 18.3) LH 9.1 mIU/ml(normal 1.5-14) prolactin 6.6 mIU/ml(normal 3-15) testosterone 8.7ng/ml (normal 2.45-18.4) free testosterone 20 pg/ml (normal 8.9-42.5 pg/ml estradiol 96.5 (normal 25-70pg/ml) lipid profile showed an increase in triglycerides and my bp was 150/84. On my physician's advice i did a low dose dexamethasone suppression test.
I am 49 years old and just going through menopause. My new doctor recommended me to have a salivary test to test hormone levels/cortisol/dhea. The results show what she called estrogen deficiency and high cortisol levels. progestrone level is okay. She said that I could try "natural" estrogen cream but I have tried bioidentical progestrone cream before and this brought on bleeding again just after 3 days of use. I also experienced giddiness with it use.
Hi All! I ust had saliva testing. I was told I have very high AM cortisol , rest of day somewhat normal range. I was also told all my hormone levels were high. My naturopath says my progesterone was very high .My progesterone was previously very low ( near zero by blood testing) and was put on oral progesterone by family MD. Now I am told to stop all bioidentical hormones and we will discuss other treatments plans next week at appt. I am confused.....
I just got cortisol levels back today and I am at a 4. My thyroid is still within normal limits, but has always been very low and levels fluctuated. I have been tired all of my life: As a kid, as a teenager, a twenty something, a thirty something, and now almost forty. I have always needed more sleep than any other person I know and my low energy has reached an all time high. It is ruining my life and the life of my family and my marriage.
DHEA is a precursor hormone that goes on to create testosterone and estrogen. It will not ever reduce cortisol. There is nothing you can take OTC that will reduce cortisol.
This is an all day 24 hrs test that caculates your levels all day long. It is much better in picking up problems with FSH - cortisol - and estrogen dominance issues. You are experiencing very general symptoms which could mean many things. - further testing should be done IF these issues are bothering you. Was there any thyroid tests done?
I can only comment on one matter and that is that testosterone levels and libido are not related. Your testosterone level may be normal, or in your case high, while your libido is low. In my case my testosterone was normal yet I had low libido. A low libido can be related to several non testosterone causes, including depression (whih you mention), other medication, anxiety issues, erectile dysfunction etc. If I were you I would (in the following order): 1.
DHEA is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone - so you would need testing on those as well as LH and FSH to see what is going on there. Cortisol can effect DHEA (Cushing's syndrome - adrenal source - can raise DHEA - here is a medical abstract: "Serum concentrations of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) were measured in patients with hyperadrenocorticism.
However, my TSH and Total T3 were both normal and although they did no baseline bloodtest, they have me a cortisol injection and 60 minutes later the cortisol level said 42. It wasn't flagged so I'm guessing that's normal. So I'm not diabetic, A1C was 5, passed glucose tolerance test...the only thing I can think this is is stress induced hypoglycemia although the endo said its prob a blood pressure issue more so than a sugar one. She said "See you in 1-2 months".
I have reviewed and researched and what strikes me are these couple of things that I'd appreciate your comments on. 1. My AM Cortisol is 10.
The free form may be impacted by medications or even other hormones such as high estrogen levels - it is called a cortisol binding globulin - so many people get both forms tested as neither form is *best* is is just a matter of convenience as it is much easier to do a midnight saliva than a midnight blood serum draw. Saliva tests are fairly new - and only certain labs are seen to be seen as reliable.
I have a similar clival lesion and low cortisol below your levels. what is a microadenoma? thanks very much!
There is no OTC way to lower cortisol. You cannot lower your female hormones and lower cortisol. Progesterone CANNOT turn into cortisol. When cortisol is off, it impacts other hormones, but hormones do not magically turn into others - except there are precursor hormones like DHEA that do become either testosterone or estrogen but they are all in the androgen axis, cortisol is not. Armour has a lot of T3 - synthroid is all T4 - it usually takes a balance of both to make a body feel better.
headache and hot flashes sounds like estrogen issues. The estrogen and pro will stay in your body for awhile...excuse me..estrogen will still be there (estrone is the estrogen produced in the fat during menopause)..but your levels are off and maybe low (I know for sure that low levels cause night sweats and that hot flases can be caused by fluctuating levels. Headaches are often a hormonal symptom. Glad you posted. Keep researching.
After saliva test i was told i have low adrelas and cortisol, DHNA and progesteron level in comparison to estrogen. I was taking natural progesteron for 1 month but only 50 mg bc i was too drowsy with full pull. But I fill more hot flashes and adrenal fatigue is worse. I think one of the reason is adrenal cream i used with GABA but probably also progesterone. Just in case I stopped using it. How long it should be used? Is there is something else to help with estrogen dominance?
I was taking low dose of progesterone to balance high estrogen ( I am perimenopausal) And yes, I have had some health issues , and been under stress.. although I try to take it in stride,. I do accupunture, biofeedback, try to destress with walks,massages, eat healthy, take magneisum citrate at night.ect... Anyway thanks so much for the response.. I am very apprehensive about taking supplements.. I seem to be very sensitive to many things lately.
urgent care for abdominal pain and fever 5/14: cortisol bloodwork done (0.
Cortisol normally varies. It is called the cirdadian or diurnal rhythm. So it is highest in the morning and lowest at night. Think of it as waking you up in the morning and putting you to sleep at night. Your cycle seems pretty normal to me - your night was a maybe tad high but overall was much in keeping with the cycle. Being high at night actually points to Cushing's (that is what I used to have and my cortisol used to blast high at night).
He said the tumours and polyp were probably caused by excess estrogen but since I was getting older my estrogen levels would drop on their own and I would be fine. No treatment would be necessary. Meanwhile at the same time my doctor let me switch Thyroid meds, from 200 Eltroxin to 125 Natural dessicated thryoid. After another year of feeling crappy I finally just stopped taking my Thyroid meds end of Nov 09. That brings is to now, in Jan 2010 I hired an ND. It took awhile to get in.
My best guess is that you have a possible/probably pituitary issue, and sadly, nothing OTC - and no adrenal support supplement is going to help - it will just muddy up the testing. DHEA converts to testosterone and estrogen. As you did not get those tested, and your cortisol was normal with a normal rhythm, my worry would be the DI and you need to see a doctor.
These are the saliva testing results: Progesterone 15.6 Esterone 77.8 Estradiol 4.3 Estriol 2.0 Testosterone 26.
I also have no aldosterone and very low renin (rare). We're looking at estrogen and progesterone now, as I still have fatigue. You could be slightly hyperadrenal, but definitely not hypo.
I had believed that I was low on progesterone and estrogen dominant and felt that could be the cause of my insomnia. I was still menustrating (and still am) however it was erratic, therefore it was a few months before I could obtain a saliva sample. When I did obtain a saliva report it confirmed I was very low on progesterone and estrogen dominant w/ low norm testosterone. Progesterone was 44 pg/ml and norm for reporting lab is 75-220 during the luteal phase.
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