A low cortisol level is a manifestation of adrenal gland disorders. It is associated with more than one disorder.
Muscle pain and weakness; Joint pain; Loss of appetite; Weight loss; Craving for salt; Fatigue; Low blood sugar; Low blood pressure; Depression; Irritability; Mood swings.
Severe cortisol deficiency symptoms: Pain in the legs; Lower back and stomach pain; Vomiting; Diarrhea; Low blood pressure; High potassium levels; Lack of menstruation.
My mother had a very low cortisol level and it was caused by Addison's Disease. Later she got Hashimoto's as well Type I Diabetes.
I would say that maybe a low cortisol and a high TSH together might be cause for a high starting dose of thyroid medication. 150 mcg to start is quite high. Your doctor obviously has a reason to start you on the high dose. I would certainly ask him/her when you get back to your hometown.
The cortisol is very important in knowing where you are at. When the adrenals are weakened most likely the thyroid will konk out too - and if you are suseptable - antibodies of thyroid - or other things ( your arthritis issues) could raise those things once the body has lost its ability to fit off things with the adrenals and thyroid giving in.
Its common and linked together that if you can get the endocrine system back up and running right - many things "disappear" that causes individual symptoms.
Wow, those symptoms fit. Every one of them.
Last year, I thought I was dying. Vomiting ~twice a week/nauseous every morning. Doctors said I was just stressed/overworked, since I was double majoring in university. Everyone's a psychiatrist, right? I guess the way I had described the pain made them think I was a hypochondriac. It's not like putting pressure on my legs or back hurts me. It's the radiating, tight, aching kind. Anyway, calling me "just depressed" was genius, because here I am with bloody legs (psoriasis), a strange hobble walk, constant nausea, no energy, and no diagnosis. Of course I'm depressed. Plus I was losing weight rapidly, despite limited exercise, while having a swollen/bloated belly (is that a symptom?). The only symptom that doesn't fit is the lack of menstruation, because I was spotting often.
The nausea passed, and now I'm feeling really moody, still in pain, and VERY forgetful....staring at walls, dazed. Serious sleeping problems. I was really worried because I couldn't fathom how anyone would employ someone with so little energy. Maybe the meds will make me a productive person again.
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