When a person is experiencing low cortisol symptoms they need to have blood tests done to determine their exact cortisol levels. A blood test will be done on potassium, sodium and ACTH levels as well as cortisol levels at the same time. To measure the ACTH levels the person must be given a shot of synthetic ACTH first. Then the doctor will test the cortisol levels. An MRI or CT scan may also be done so the doctor can see the condition of the adrenal glands and the pituitary gland. If the test shows the person does indeed have low cortisol levels the treatment for their low cortisol symptoms can include prescription medications. These medications are corticosteroids classified as hydrocortisones and are used to replace the cortisol that the body is not making.
Potassium is a mineral that harbors electrical properties when it is dissolved in the fluid part of the blood and, as such, it is classified as an electrolyte. It is a nutrient that is critical to life as it is required for the proper functioning of cells, including the cells of the heart muscle. It works closely with its cousin sodium - another electrolyte – in maintaining the body's proper balance of fluids and acid-base. More specifically, potassium controls the amount of fluid inside cells while its cousin sodium maintains the balance of fluid outside cells. Potassium aids in proper muscle contraction and helps to keep the heart thumping regularly. It is also essential for conducting nerve impulses, aids in energy metabolism , and it even helps to maintain normal blood pressure. In fact, evidence suggests that diets high in potassium may help to protect against hypertension, strokes, and cardiovascular disease.
I’ve been on 10mg Pregnenolone for some time to help with some Adrenal Fatigue. I was tested having low/normal Testosterone (low 300’s but had been in 400-500 at times), and just below normal Estrogen. (estrogen had been normal for some time). I stopped taking Pregnenolone thinking maybe it was causing the influx and wanted to see if my body would produce its own hormones without the supplement. A couple of days later I’m experiencing insomnia. My body and mind are exhausted by my mind is alert and I’m having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. I don’t feel sleepy. Could this be due to low estrogen? Maybe from stopping Pregnenolone. I also noticed some burning sensations in my nipples that comes and goes since learning my estrogen levels were a bit low. I hadn’t stopped Pregnenolone yet. I hadn’t had this symptom since I was a teen.