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Extremely low morning cortisol levels, .4. What does this mean?

I had a Cortisol Ser HQ test done in the am recently because of a low afternoon Cortisol level.  I have been extremely fatigued, have low blood pressure, heart rate that bounces around (tachycardia), heart flutters. Severe nausea. Just don't feel well. Are these results concerning?

The results were...
Cortisol Ser HQ base level taken at 8:43am - .4
Cortisol Ser HQ level after Cortisol administered through IV at 8:47am - 2.1
Cortisol Ser HQ level at half an hour after Cortisol administered at 9:17am - 2.3

8:43am - .4
8:47am - 2.1
9:17am - 2.3

Thanks so much for any help!
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9785001 tn?1415898658
Thank you SO MUCH for your help!! That is very helpful advise. I guess I'm being sent to an endocrinologist very soon for Addison's Disease.
Your answer helped me a lot in a scary moment. It's been overwhelming.
Thank you again!  
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I think you failed it as you really did not do well but a doctor may consider you a pass as you more than doubled from baseline.

I would find out if you have low sodium. I would also find out if you need to add salt to your diet and you may have to take a medication to hold salt like I do which will raise your BP to be more normal.

The nausea can be helped A LOT by taking salty items - salty food salty drink so up your salt intake. Salt is your friend. I use NUUN, pickles, salt, salt tablets, gatorade (watch the sugar!) olives, ramen, bouilon soup, etc. Anything that is salty is good for us.
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