Yesterday, I posted my new cortisol lab results and expressed my surprise at how low they are.
A dear friend on the Adrenal support group tipped me off to what may be the difference between my two labs.
For the first test, I stopped my doc's Adrenal Support blend 9 days before the cortisol test. In the first instance, I felt horrible when I went off the Adrenal
Support, so I took the test a little early so I could get back on.
I didn't know at the time that the Adrenal Support has adrenal cortex in it. All the bottle says is "adrenal."
As I'm typing this, I'm immediately thinking, "When will I learn to ask more questions?" But I am also remembering that I did ask at the nurses what was in it, and I never got a straight answer. The nurses' answers are perpetually, "If would be better if you just asked doc at your appointment."
For the second test, I stopped everything 10 days before the test. I
had been taking Rhodiola off-and-on for quite a while. But about 15 days prior to the test, I had started taking it daily, as well as the Women to Women's Herbal Equilibrium, which has a small
amount of ashwagandha.
The probability of skewed results makes everything make so much more sense. I can't
believe that didn't occur to me before my friend's question! I don't feel great now, but I do feel
SO much better than I did in March. I just couldn't believe the
difference in the results. (Gosh, I wish I knew what they really were
back in March.)