August 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm #11652AnnieParticipant
Is it ever a good idea for the typical person to supplement cortisol, either with hydrocortisone or something like Isocort?
I guess if you’re really low thyroid, and low pregnenolone, then maybe you don’t have the materials to make cortisol… But then I’d probably take thyroid short-term, or maybe pregnenolone, if I were to take anything, and let my body decide what to make…
I’m not interested in it personally, having trialed Isocort for 5-6 weeks this spring and turning into a bloated zombie. That was awesome. Just curious, since I see all these recommendations to take it.August 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm #11725The Real AmyModerator
I don’t think it’s something that’s really pushed on this site. I’ve heard a few people here say it’s best to avoid if possible, and that it’s hard to come off it. But if you’re really in a bad place it could be life-saving, I guess, in the way other hormones can be until you have some time to rebuild your stores.August 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm #11726ThomasSeayModeratorAugust 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm #11786karime22Participant
When my son was really young, he got sick A LOT and ended up on liquid steriods several times. Each time he turned into a monster. It was crazy!! Those things can be hardcore.August 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm #12074AnnieParticipant
Thanks for the responses. Thinking about it, though I would never go back on Isocort, I will say that I feel much more tolerant of loud noises, which were really jarring to me before the Isocort. And I ate gluten for three weeks this past month (every few days) with no obvious issues, something I’ve been trying to do for a year or more w/o success. Though I really can’t say that that’s due to Isocort, or to sleepign in a little later, or…
My doubt stems from the fact that the only sources I seem to EVER see cited are Dr. Wilson (Adrenal Fatigue author) and the Stop the Thyroid Madness site. And neither of them cite any medical studies, to my knowledge.
That combined with how unreliable saliva tests are (one practitioner stopped useing them when a client, who for some reason did three tests in one week, had three completely different results on each one); and how damaging high cortisol levels are, make advice to dose with cortisol seem dangerously trendy and reckless.
August 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm #12101BetsyParticipant
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I must have needed it. I was on hydrocortisone for several years without any problem. I think it was the only drug or supplement that I’ve taken for which I’ve had a noticable positive reaction. Before taking it I was waking every couple of hours and staying awake for a long time. After taking it I slept decently, at least as far as staying asleep goes. That was not, of course, why it was prescribed.
I did have to wean off it veerrrryyyy slowly.
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