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Old 02-24-2010, 01:15 PM
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Difference in symptoms? Could stiff/shifty/cracking joints be from low, high, or either?
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:17 PM
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By the way there is little to no joint pain....yet. But TMJ and ear pressure symptoms are creeping in.
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Difference in symptoms? Could stiff/shifty/cracking joints be from low, high, or either?
impossible to tell get saliva test to verify.
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Default Re: Low cortisol versus high cortisol.

Is "damage" reversible upon normalization of cortisol levels?
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Is "damage" reversible upon normalization of cortisol levels?
No damage is really done with cortisol unless extremely high as it is a catabolic hormone.
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For a while I thought that my cortisol was insufficient due to "adrenal fatigue." But then I read into cortisol and realized that it is catabolic. Well, all of my connective tissue feels like it's broken down. To me that sounds like the result of chronic HIGH cortisol. But as HAN said, I won't know until I get the saliva testing done.

Every once in a while everything will feel normal and well-lubricated. This has been happening more often lately. And my body hair is growing back.

Am I pulling out of this deep, dark hole?

Let's hope so.
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No damage is really done with cortisol unless extremely high as it is a catabolic hormone.
As I sadi earlier, catabolic hormone.
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Default Re: Low cortisol versus high cortisol.

depending on what stage he is in and most I see are low very rarely see any one high or there will be a fluctating pattern
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Default Re: Low cortisol versus high cortisol.

HAN,

I posted on the Propecia help site regarding my problems, and some of the guys over there thought I might have overactive adrenals, causing high cortisol. They said that I probably had an underlying adrenal disorder after I quit Propecia, and when I took Wellbutrin it tipped them over the edge. Here's the thread:

PROPECIAHELP: Unresolved Finasteride Propecia Proscar side effects info & forum

One person there mentioned that he had the same symptoms and was able to lower his cortisol levels by using a benzodiazepine.

My blood cortisol test was high but in range, however the reference range given was for an 8 AM sample and mine wasn't taken until 9:45, and I've heard that blood cortisol tests are usually inaccurate anyway.

Do you think this could be the explanation?
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Difference in symptoms? Could stiff/shifty/cracking joints be from low, high, or either?
When these symptoms happened to me it was because of low E2.
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