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.