Is It Risky To Test Myself With Low Dose Corticosteroid?

Discussion in 'Ask For Help or Advice' started by Astolfo, May 11, 2019.

  1. Astolfo

    Astolfo Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I have some problems with my HPA-Axis. Cognitive retardation, Muscle jerking, Emotional numbness, Lack of anxiety(This is a good thing, I know. But it's one of the outcome of my disease)

    I have no money for hormone testing. I think I can take 0.5 or 0.25 dexamethasone, for only testing if there is a problem with the glucocorticoid system.

    it's possible that I have overly upregulated glucocorticoid receptors, and this causes excess negative feedback.

    My cortisol test came as 8.72. Reference is 8.7 - 22.4.

    Is it risky to take corticosteroids even if it's only one dose? I had read some of the stories about cortisol causes hyppocampal shrinkage and brain damage, I don't want to damage my brain.
  2. Hugh Johnson

    Hugh Johnson Member

    Mar 14, 2014
    Once won't kill you. It's chronic exposure that is the issue.

    However, thyroid and progesterone might also be worth testing.