Initially, predicting high cortisol levels from my symptoms, the tests have shown that I can barely make any in the morning and then my body is just exhausted from that little effort and evening levels are barely existent. The practitioner I see has suggested that after living (being raised) in a highly stressful environment my body is pretty much worn out. They have said if my morning markers where any lower, I would be at chronic fatigue level and im heading towards there.
I see a lot of info here discussing balancing out high cortisol but I'm interested to see if anyone has any suggestions for very low cortisol levels.
At the moment, I carry around a lot of fat (scale says 28.6% but that could be inaccurate). I weigh 61kg which is 135. I'm 5'7". I've basically turned into one of those skinny fat people despite resistance training. I'm pear shaped so I carry less fat up top and I can see the definition and more lean muscle but the fat remains and I just seem to get larger (using clothes as an indicator.. this week my size 26 jeans no longer fit).
My sleep is not great. I aim for bed anywhere from 9pm-10pm but today, for example, I woke up twice and then finally for the third time at 4am and have been wide awake since. Most days I wake once or twice but can at least sleep till 6:30am. It's not great sleep but its at least more sleep.
My blood sugar levels are generally normal, 3.7 to 4.9 mmol/L through out the day. I measured in at 4.9 today at 4am when I woke up for no reason. Not seeing any clues there.
Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated
Weird Symptom Summary Update @ 2nd sept 2014)
- 1 year ago: Fast fat loss. Down to 5% body fat with high muscle retention and lowest weight at 38kg. Hard to gain weight or put on fat, but muscle appeared to actually grow and increase with every kilo i gained on the scale.
- 2 months ago: Weight back up to 53kg and 17.5% body fat. Cycle returns and fast high fat gain over three weeks (+10% +8kg): Currently 61kg @ 28.9% body fat. Most fat around waist, and lower back. I have pot belly. Think Buddha!
SLEEP SINCE JUNE
- Disturbed sleep with waking 2-4 times a night. Mainly waking @ 3:30-4am - Seems to be fixed with protein immediately upon waking.
- No problems getting to sleep
- During my low fat stage I slept like a baby and woke up full of energy despite low weight
BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL
- Stable before and after meals.
- Diet: fats, protein and low carb greens and veg in day. Carbs added to meals in evening.
- Muscle depletion: NONE, muscle increase without exercise during the low body fat stage. How someone can spend most days lying around in bed and look more toned is beyond me.
- Muscle remains the same despite fat increase
- According to the scale my lean muscle measure is exactly the same for me now at 61kg as it was at 52kg and also at 46kg.
- Low cortisol in morning to almost no cortisol at night
- Low DHEA
ENERGY: THE PART THAT MAKES THE LEAST AMOUNT OF SENSE IN ALL OF THIS
- High with little or no fatigue (today I'm practically bouncing off the walls, despite my cortisol levels being nowhere close to where they need to be in the mornings)
- Especially not tired in the evenings when I have almost no cortisol
- I can be a little groggy in the mornings. I remember feeling more energized in the mornings in the low body fat stage. I'm a bit slow to start the day but its winter here and still dark and cold when I get up. Am waiting for spring to see if its a season thing or a me thing.
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