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So I have been dealing with this for about three years now! I have repeatedly told my primary doctor that something is wrong but got absolutely no where I was sent to a psychiatrist for “depression” well that didn’t help anything at all, I have just recently asked my primary doctor for the referral to see an endocrinologist and finally got in he ordered complete testing on my thyroid and also checked my cortisol levels, I looked on the my chart at what the results were and it states that the normal range is 6.0 to 18.4 and mine is reading 0.7, I’m beyond confused because the majority of my symptoms are that as having high cortisol levels and I only have maybe 2 or three symptoms of having low. I also had a DNC done last year because all of a sudden I stopped having a period but then was also told that everything is completely fine you are completely healthy just overweight.  Has anyone experienced anything similar to this and I have also had my hair falling out, my blood pressure is normal and no signs of diabetes but I’m exhausted all the time, I constantly feel like I’m going to pass out at one point I was losing my hair and no matter what I do I am unable to lose weight. 

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    what was your cortisol level x
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      The only level reading I am showing is 0.7 and it says it’s the cortisol am test 
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    Mines usually about 219 which is low should be over 350 so I'm not sure that range

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      Okay thank you on the chart it shows that normal range is anywhere from 6.0 to 18.4 
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    It seems to me hat  you have hypothyroidism because you are loosing the hair and you cannot lose weight. As for the cortisol, I am confused too. You clearly have low cortisol. I have seen 6 endocrinologists plus 5 or 6 different GPs  since June 2015 when I had Addison´s crisis. No one has helped me, I had to drop them very quickly because they were not good to me. Yesterday, I saw my last endocrinologist. He´s funny, but deep down I had faith in him... Well, yesterday he offered me an alternative form of thyroid hormone supplementation that I think it is going to work, perhaps not straight away, but after some time. I first saw him in February, it has taken some time, yes, but at   least  in my previous visits, I had the feeling he was not like the others... certainly he did not mention antidepressants... or psychiatrists... or shrugging shoulders  if you know what I mean. You can google something like endocrinologists using T3 in my area. Endocrinologists who are open to prescribe T3 (lots of different commercial names for it) , are more receptive. They have a different approach to the doctors who only use T4 (lots of different brands) are impossible to deal with. I repeat: ONLY DOCTORS WHO LISTEN AND FOLLOW THE T3  approach, are worth seeing. Cortisol, adrenal problems will follow as well. One needs patience and perseverance and those can be weak when suffering with glands issues.

    Good luck  :-)

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      Thank you very much I have been dealing with this for three years and I have days that where I can’t get out of bed 
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    I know exactly how you feel, because I have been the same all my life until after I had the Addison's crisis (adrenal glands autoimmune disease), and I started investigating in Internet (making lots of mistakes, (I used to believe almost any information I read). Now, after being able to differentiate where to go and where to stay out of... I made some progress. I should had started queering/investigating) many years ago. The sooner you find a doctor who accepts prescribing T3, the better. He will also help you with the cortisol... he will never send you to a psychiatrist... :-) from Australia.

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    Hypocortisol and Hypothyroid [which we are guessing, you need a "free T4" thyroid test to confirm, PDQ] suggests maybe a "lazy" pitutary ["hypopituarism"] since the pituitary is the master regulator for most of the other hormones in the endocrine system. It is a very rare condition (about 2 new cases per million population per year) so not likely so a GP will see on average one case in a career. But it does match most of your symptoms. If your thyroid is low as well, push hard to see an endocrinologist.

    The key phrase you need to use with the medics is "chronic fatigue" .

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