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I posted this somewhere else too, but i was wondering if anyone has any information about low cortisol. My 16 month old son had low cortisol when he had gastro and after a healthy re check its still low. The doctor is trying to get me in tomorrow, but wondering what others experiances of this are.
Hi :wave: I have no idea what low cortisol is??? I guess that means DD has never had it!!!
Can you explain it to me a bit??
Its produced by the adrenal gland and is used to regulate our body and help us cope in times of stress. Im pretty sure thats its main function, but it does other things too....im off to the doctors soon to find all that out!
from my understanding limited understanding that is, its one of them things that can be out of wack in a regular blood test as there is set ways and time to test it KWIM try not to wory until the drs says now this is something to wory about KWIM thats how i do things and that way dont get stressed if dont need to
Hope all is ok
I can help you with any questions, I am an expert! :)
My daughter has no cortisol produced in her body at all, she is on hydrocortisone tablets and when she is ill, the meds have to be monitored and increased.
When the cortisol is low, blood sugars decrease. It is extremely dangerous in times of vomitting, dehydration.
I am all too happy to help with any questions.
It is managable!!! :)
The doctor wasn't sure what it all meant, so she is on the phone to some pediatricians to try and get a better idea about what to do. It is about 30 points below the lowest normal level, so its not too bad, but that was taken first thing in the morning. He has a fever and a cold so she was concerned about that because the low cortisol effects how you deal with sickness so we have to go back today to see how he is improving and try to figure out where we go from here. There is a bit of confusion about whats going on because the cortisol was tested when he got gastro, as he was hospitalised within a couple of hours of having his first vomit. He got so sick so quickly, but once the drip was in he recovered pretty well too, which is not typical of people with cortisol problems. He has a constant cold which may be relasted, but for now we just have to see what the doctor says today and be glad that he isn't very unwell.
Thanks everyone. Before now i had never even heard of cortisol!
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