Androgen and cortisol

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Avatar m tn TSH is using the old range and you are hypothyroid IMHO... My doc likes the t3 and t4 in the upper areas of the range so you are trending low. What time was the cortisol test? If not 8am fasting, it was not useful... And you don't have complete loops (cortisol and ACTH, estrogen and LH,FSH, DHEA-s, bioavailable testosterone, GH and IGF-1 etc). Plus sodium and potassium and renin and aldosterone are needed to know if you have low cortisol followed with a stim test.
Avatar n tn Take an anti-androgen contraceptive pill like Dianette (Diane35 in the USA) which provides birth control and clears acne and facial hair. Or take the combined pill Yasmin which is not based on testosterone.
Avatar m tn So if testosterone is low, other things are working overtime high to make up for it or not functioning at all - so the loop is broken. And since the androgen can come form the pit or the adrenals, they need to test you well. If you are low, and just replacing to the point of feeling better, your side effects should be reduced - talk to your doc or pharmacist about your risks.
Avatar m tn May 27.2013- TSH= 6.02(0.20-6.00mIU/L,, Free T4=12.1(10.0-25.0 nmol/L,, total T3= 1.7 (1.1-2.8nmol/L),, Cortisol AM 175 (200-600nmol/L),,Free Androgen Index=26.2 (>=30.0),, Testosterone _Fiesto=6.3 (8.0-29.0nmol/L),DHEA-S=1.2(2.2-13.0umol/L) March 01.2013=TSH=0.03 (0.20-6.00mIU/L), for diabetic I am teking Metformin 500 mg 1 pill twice, today it was 5.5 means x18=95. For Thyroid taking synthroid 0.
Avatar f tn Having a low immune system and hair growth can be cortisol but that can also be dhea or androgen issues - so you will need to cover all your bases. Get copies too.
4524270 tn?1355878350 There are suppliments that can help reduce stress, some are for adrenal support, meaning they help normalize cortisol, can raise and lower cortisol. Holy Basil is one, Ashwagonda is another. There are others that aim more at the brain than adrenals, the complimentary medicine forum can help you with that. Magnessium glycinate sooths the nervous system and muscles if taken at night away from thyroid med.
368646 tn?1208393887 I would like to take the saliva test, but for accuracy, want to stop medication before taking the test. Currently, I am taking Florinef twice a day (for tachycardia) and 50 mg DHEA. (FYI -Reasoning for test: I had a very low normal a.m. result in doc's office via blood test and now have pain even from minor stresses such as the phone ringing.) How many days should I stop this medication before taking the test? Thanks for your help!!
Avatar f tn High AM cortisol, High PM cortisol = Cushing's syndrome. Even if you fail the stim tests (I did) and the dex tests (I did), you may still have it but the doc, who may not understand Cushing's, may not know how to diagnose it since it is not a single test yes/no thing. There is no OTC way to lower cortisol. You cannot lower your female hormones and lower cortisol. Progesterone CANNOT turn into cortisol.
393685 tn?1425812522 Think hormonal- as you are. Testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, prolactin and I'm sure there are more... There is a lady at work with chin hairs and I wish I could tell her to get it checked out.
Avatar m tn Your doctor needs to do a LOT of other testing - including more cortisol testing like 8am cortisol serum, more 24 hour urine testing, midnight saliva testing, plus all pituitary, thyroid, androgen and all the rest of the adrenal hormones. That would be basic and a lot of the tests would have to be done over and over just to show a consistency.
975931 tn?1250987653 Size is not the factor here, but the hormones are. ACTH and cortisol go hand in hand and should be tested together. ACTH is the pituitary hormone - that is the hormone that the pit sends to the adrenal to signal the adrenal to put out cortisol. So you need to know if both are high, one is high, etc. to know where the issue is. That is great that he is doing a lot of tests, but he is not able to put the tests "together" to a logical conclusion and treat a person if he wants to wait.
1732970 tn?1310269673 I went to the doctor the first time to see if there might be a reason for my weight gain. He ran some tests and found out my am cortisol was high, pm cortisol was in the normal range however. He tried the dexamasthone suppression test, and it was supressed to like 1.5 or so,.
Avatar f tn Def search for an endo that listens to you and your concerns. I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like it could be androgen excess- ask your doc if that is a possibility. Feeling wired, excess hair, lean body, irregular periods and excess testosterone production all seem to point to it. Get your testosterone, free testosterone, DHEA and androsteneidione tested- they vary depending on where you are on your cycle, so ask your endo when you should get them tested.
138239 tn?1239924924 my blood work showed my DHEA 78 & normal is between 102-1185, when asked doctor about this she didn't know why, thought there was a supplement for this. Asked Endocrinologist, he said it was nothing to be concerned about. So, whats up???? I've been battling weight gain for the past 3 years. Feel that there is really something wrong with my adrenal glands.they have tested me for Cushings (negative), scooped me from 1 end and the other.
Avatar n tn 5mg 4x a day is not a proper way to take HC - IMHO (and if you check the guidelines written by a doc in the health pages) as it does not mimic how a normal body works. A normal body wakes to the bulk of cortisol in the morning - and it decreases through the day until there is next to nothing in by midnight hence why there are different ranges for time of day. 5mg all day will just kinda do not much - buzz you up at some times and may make it hard to sleep.
Avatar f tn I was diagnosed last week with adrenal insufficiency (the ACTH Stim test results aren't back yet, but based on the Cortisol test and ACTH test, I presume it's secondary) and given my medication. I think some of my symptoms are from the hydrocortisone and not from the AI. How am I supposed to tell the difference? Other than getting the flu or having a surgery, when do I stress dose? Do I need to do it for exercising? I take 15 mgs in the morning and 5mgs in the early afternoon.
Avatar f tn The body hurts a LOT when cortisol is low - cortisol is an anti-inflammatory so it could be a factor here - and you have to fight to get help. Doctors are not good with this stuff. Links in the health pages may help.
Avatar f tn Hello, I can understand your concern but considering your symptoms, you need to get your estrogen levels, progesterone levels, testosterone levels, cortisol and androgen levels done. In addition, the master endocrine organ i.e the pituitary also needs to be investigated. You need to consult an endocrinologist and get it evaluated. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided.
Avatar f tn I am currently using Renova and a sulfa lotion and it is under control Check with your dermatologist. There are ways to control the condition.
Avatar m tn In any case, for either disorder, one set of testing is not and should not be used before you are placed on any type of replacement regimen. If you do have elevated cortisol and you ADD a cortisol agent, you are adding fuel to a nasty fire and will only make your symptoms worse. Cortisol normally varies - it is supposed to. It is supposed to be higher in the morning to wake you and lower at night to put you to asleep. You only had one test, one day.
Avatar m tn I have had a hormonal imbalance for 2 years (producing too much androgen) and in that time I had gained quite a bit of weight. I am now taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen and have actually begun to FINALLY start losing weight. My weight loss is not much yet, but I was wondering if taking these birth control pills is actually the reason for my weight loss?
1332551 tn?1275658929 Acne is caused by high androgen levels. Androgen levels are commonly raised during times of hormonal change including puberty and after delivery of a baby. Face washes alone will not heal acne. Your doctor can prescribe a course of oral antibiotics such as Oxytetracycline 250mg twice daily and a topical retinoid cream called Differin (adapalene). Female acne patients may also benefit from taking an anti-androgen contraceptive pill like Yasmin or Diane35.
Avatar n tn I got sent for more blood tests and synacthena month or two ago and a cortisol test, and have just got this letter this week. thank you for requesting an ITT on (my name), i took the executive decision that a short synacthen test might give us sufficient information of (my name) hypothalamic pituitary/adrenal axis.
Avatar f tn Every single birth control that contains high androgen index progestins can cause hair loss. Stop telling women Plan B and birth control pills don’t cause hair loss. They do. The more doctors that understand this - the less of a problem women will have as they can make an informed choice. Please do your research. A simple search on any big BCP air IUD containing high androgen index progestins will show you this. Mirena, Plan B, Loestrin and many more.
Avatar m tn would there be similar cause and effect to CSCR? Even if CSCR was present prior to androgen therapy?
Avatar m tn Temporary hair removal can be achieved through depilation or epilation. Drugs like androgen receptor blockers, androgen suppressing agents and 5 alpha reductase inhibitors are also used. Permanent means of hair removal by electrolysis and laser treatment are also useful. I would suggest you to consult a dermatologist and discuss all the pros and cons of these methods so that the best treatment for you can be decided.