Posted by tealady on March 23, 2005, at 3:41:12
In reply to Re: Acupuncture??? » Pfinstegg, posted by Sarah T. on March 22, 2005, at 0:43:27
I agree with Pf that you really need a 4 times a day saliva test for cortisol to see what is happening. As she said, if you are still dropping at night you are probably reasonable..if fact excellent if you are under all that stress. (its what a body in great shape should do).
The problem arises that most people's bodies can't hold out like that under stress forever and end up kinda breaking down..then your cortisol drops..which is what you don't want to happen.
So before deciding anything, I'd get a saliva cortisol 4 times a day test and try whatever you can to reduce the stress.
I know..almost impossible without radical changes and letting people down etc.
Hope I'm just backing up what Pf is saying here.
Sorry I don't know any more..I now have not enough cortisol under stress(which doesn't take much) due to many years of high stress.
I actually had accupuncture to increase my cortisol in February.(and it did for a while too!)
The other thing that may be causing high levels of cortisol is your bodies immune system naturally (and properly) raising cortisol to fight antibodies. Some people have managed to reduce cortisol and now regret it as their bodies now suffer from immune disorders e.g.autoimmune conditions which one's bodies may have got on top of. I can't remember where I read this, but google on cortisol high and autoimmune or something similar and you may find something.