Low Cortisol Symptoms: Causes, Treatment For Lower Levels Of Cortisol

Causes Of Low Cortisol Levels

Under active adrenal gland, also referred to as Addison’s disease, is a condition, which is characterized by low production of cortisol by the adrenal glands. In addition hypothyroidism and lower levels of T3 have also been found to be associated with low levels of Cortisol.

Low Cortisol Symptoms

The symptoms of low cortisol include:

  • Trembling and shakiness of hands
  • Palpitations, anxiety, constant feeling of panic, sudden rage and anger outbursts
  • Inability of handle stress, inability to handle interactions, emotional hypersensitivity
  • Irritability, lack of patience, etc
  • Nausea, body ache, sleepiness, fatigue
  • Backache, muscular weakness, gastric disturbances
  • Frequent urination, dark circles under the eyes, etc

Treatment For Lower Levels Of Cortisol

The protocol of treatment would depend upon the underlying cause of low cortisol levels.

In patients with hypothyroidism, thyroid drugs are given to normalize the levels of thyroid hormones, which in turn are presumed to normalize cortisol levels.

In patients with adrenal failure, cortisol supplementation is required to ensure normal functioning

Occasionally, failure of the pituitary gland is also considered to be a cause of low cortisol levels. In such cases surgical intervention or radiation therapy may be required to treat the cause.

One Comment

  1. BT said:

    Do over the counter medicines for weight loss, that advertise as “fat burning” alter the cortisol level in the body or block the cortisol from acting upon the body?

    July 20, 2012

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