I began taking hydrocortisone (Cortef) today for adrenal fatigue. My endo placed me on 20 mg with two doses of 10 mg each (at breakfast and lunch -4 hours apart). The trouble is that she only would order two saliva tests (midnight- ok cortisol and 8 am- low cortisol) in order to make this judgement. I asked for the 24 hr saliva (4 times), but I took what I could get lab wise. She had checked the level of cortisol in my blood at the end of July around 4 pm and it was high. Anyway, I'm supposed to let her know after 7 days if my symptoms have improved while on HC. If they haven't then she feels my symptoms are not an endocrine problem- not from adrenal fatigue.
Is there anyone here who is currently taking or has taken HC for adrenal fatigue or insufficiency? Also, my BG levels have been high all day today and tonight. I asked my endo yesterday what effect taking HC might have on my BG levels and she said that it would probably not have much if any effect...if so, to play it by ear (use a temp. basal rate) on my insulin pump. I began doing that this afternoon, but I'm still too high.
I have late onset of type 1 diabetes; Hashimoto's thryoid disease and what I feel is adrenal fatigue. I have been taking levothyroxine since November, 2010 to treat my hypothyroidism. My FT4 is okay, but my FT3 is low. My endo refuses to let me try desiccated thyroid. I can't find any endo in my area who will prescribe desiccated thyroid meds. I'm very frustrated as I haven't felt well in over a year and am feeling worse as time goes by.
Thank you for any comments/suggestions to help guide me along :)