I've only heard bad things about taking hydrocortisone. I'm currently reading Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.
I'm taking adrenal cortex extract that also has some B vitamins & licorice root extract. From what I've read, if you take natural adrenal cortex extract, your body can manufacture DHEA, cortisol, pregnenelone, progesterone, etc from it.
I highly recommend this book, there's a website, I think it's www.adrenalfatigue.org
- where you can find doctors who specialize in AF. I'm in the midst of trying to get an appt. with the 1 doctor in PA listed! Fortunately, I live about 40 minutes from his office.
Here are my results:My progesterone is non-existant, <.5, less than a post menopausal woman.
My estradiol (estrogen) is 22, which is in range. (So I have the effect of estrogen, w/o the progesterone to balance it.)
My testosterone is in range, but towards the lower end. (Total - 12, free - 1.2)My DHEA is very low, 35, the reference range is 40-325.
My cortisol is 13.5, which is in range. (Could still be in the "overdrive" stage.)
Vitamin D was 37, in range (I've heard that 40 is ideal & you don't want to go over 50.)
Thyroid: (doctor said this was good.)
T-4, free - 1.1
TSH - 1.86
T-3, free - 296