Recently I woke up early with some kind anxiety attack - crying for hours, blood pressure of 180 over 140. I'm normally 110/70ish. I had to go to the hospital to bring it back down. They did some blood work which all came back normal except for high cholesterol. A doctor in the family suggested that I have my adrenals checked.
Reading up on adrenal fatigue I became very interested in having it tested, thinking I'd finally found the reason why I'd been feeling like crap for the last many years. I had soo many of the symptoms (fatigue, memory and concentration problem, never feeling rested regardless of how many hours of sleep, waking up during the night, having trouble waking up in the morning, feeling the most awake of the whole day close to bed time, feeling unable to cope with stress any more, craving salt and sweet (especially chocolate), feeling cold, even menstrual period irregularities). Despite the sudden spike in blood pressure which didn't seem to fit with basic symptoms, I went and had my cortisol checked.
9am cortisol: 7.9 (Range 3.7-19.4)
9pm cortisol: 2.3 (Range 2.9-17.3)
I also had a thyroid test where the TSH, T3 and T4 were within normal range.
My cortisol was under the range in the pm test, so I went to see an endocrinologist yesterday. After 3 hours in the waiting room, she spent exactly 2 minutes on me. Checked blood pressure, listened to my heart, checked my nipples, checked my tongue. Firmly said I should put adrenal issues completely out of my mind. Said morning result was fine, and that evening cortisol could easily just be a lab error. And that was that.
My question is, is she right? Should I completely put the possibility of adrenal fatigue out of my mind?