Is It Risky To Test Myself With Low Dose Corticosteroid?

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  1. Astolfo

    Astolfo Member

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    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

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    Once won't kill you. It's chronic exposure that is the issue.

    However, thyroid and progesterone might also be worth testing.
     
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