Adrenal Saliva Cortisol High at Night and High in the Morning

Posted by doxyjune @doxyjune, Mar 9, 2018

Hi everyone. I have been struggling with thyroid and adrenal issues for 20 years. I am a 60 year old female. I have fibromyalgia which manifests via chronic pain in calves which they are now saying fibromyalgia , hypertension, depression, thyroid and adrenal problems — now very bad insomnia My thyroid goes from regulated to not regulated as I am on Natural thyroid since I can't convert synthroid. When there is a bad batch of natural thyroid every 5 or 6 years my thyroid is then out of whack and takes quite some time to get it back on track. Now my adrenals which were so low that I was flat lined on the saliva chart for many years and was even taking hydrocortisone for about 3 years – well somehow my adrenals have rejuvenated themselves – now I am under a different kind of stress but didn't think things were so out of sorts till I got my recent results of the saliva test. My evening level is 1.2 (range .4 to 1.0) The morning level is much worse 15.2 (range 3.7 to 9.5). The 2 daytime levels are within normal range.

Due to being on natural thyroid, 99% of endo's won't work with me so I am left with self medicating myself. But I have not seen this kind of variation ever. I am very lost and need help – Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Hi Lisa, the follow up at 12 – midnight showed they are back in the normal range. The endo said the first AM reading was not important to review. (She said the AM reading is only important if your adrenals are low) So as of now, I guess things are ok. I am taking a few herbal supplements at night including magnolia bark, neuro-serine and a few others to help lower the cortisol and they seem to be helping me sleep better. In another few months I might pay the $130 for a 4 time reading and compare from a few months ago. Thank you for following up.

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Hi Lisa, the follow up at 12 – midnight showed they are back in the normal range. The endo said the first AM reading was not important to review. (She said the AM reading is only important if your adrenals are low) So as of now, I guess things are ok. I am taking a few herbal supplements at night including magnolia bark, neuro-serine and a few others to help lower the cortisol and they seem to be helping me sleep better. In another few months I might pay the $130 for a 4 time reading and compare from a few months ago. Thank you for following up.

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@doxyjune — that is good news that your adrenals are back in the normal range. That is interesting insight on the AM readings.

Sounds like your supplements are allowing for better sleep. Do you note any other effects from them?

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