Water bubbles appeared on hand and body. Test showed low cortisol level, microalbuminaria, low globulin
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Posted Thu, 2 May 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 4 hours later
Microalbuminuria is typically seen as a sign of early diabetic kidney disease. However, if you do not have diabetes, then it could indicate a somewhat elevated cardiovascular risk, as shown in some studies. It can be falsely positive in select situations like fever etc
So it needs to repeated in order to confirm positivity. I order it only in people with diabetes though.
You can discuss the low globulin and hand/body skin water bubbles with your primary care doctor.
Regarding the low cortisol level, I will assume it was drawn in a blood sample. It is worth interpreting only when done at 8 am in the morning. Because it tends to normally drop as the day progresses. So a cortisol value above 15-18 in the morning is reassuring and rules out adrenal insufficiency most of the time. It is not a perfect test by any means. This weblink has more information
The diagnosis of adrenal deficiency is difficult to make. It often requires detailed clinical assessment in person. The need for further extensive testing like ACTH stimulation tests etc can be determined based on degree of suspicion.
And finally, as you have noted yourself, the Scandexon can interfere with the result making interpretation even more challenging. If you have been taking scandexon repeatedly for some time then chronic long term steroid use can cause 'Secondary Adrenal insufficiency' when steroids are withdrawn. This situation requires management by an experienced endocrinologist who will work with the patient on an individual basis to restart steroids and taper slowly.
Follow-up: Water bubbles appeared on hand and body. Test showed low cortisol level, microalbuminaria, low globulin 2 hours later
Is there any possibility that the use of scandexon made the low cortisol level and microalbuminaria? Ans how to cure it?
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 4 hours later
recent use of steroids like scandexon can lower the cortisol in the blood. this is temporary till the dexamethasone is still in the system. After about a week or two, it is worthwhile rechecking to see if the blood cortisol level at 8 am is still low. I am not aware of scandexon causing microalbuminuria. Repeat testing may even show normalization sometimes
Follow-up: Water bubbles appeared on hand and body. Test showed low cortisol level, microalbuminaria, low globulin 1 hour later
So what is your summary? Is there any possibility low cortisol cause diabetic, and deficiency of vitamin b?. Meanwhile for diabetic test for non fasting is normal but hccrp or hacrp (i forget the spelling) test show a little bit above normal, level cholesterol is a bit high . Also with low cortisol level both at 8 am and 4pm , microalbuminaria and scandexon threatment, can you make some diagnosis and sugestion?. Thanks a lot and really appreciate your opinion.Ups i forgot mine kidney and liver test and cancer Maker test all normal and healthy, thanks
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 7 hours later
Get tested for diabetes. Ask your doctor for a 0 and 2 hour Oral glucose tolerance test. Check your 8 am cortisol after you have been off scandexon for about week at least. I believe you are referring to hsCRP next. It can be difficult to interpret that because it goes up in both infection as well as denotes some cardiovascular risk.
Follow-up: Water bubbles appeared on hand and body. Test showed low cortisol level, microalbuminaria, low globulin 5 days later
Hi doc it's me again, i like to ask you that my doctor give me prednison therapy twi e a day, one in the morning and half at night (5mg prednisone) for 2 weeks period because my cortisol level test morning 8am And evening 4 pm is extremely low, is prednison is the correct medicine, and until when i need to take this medicine since the side effect also scary, thanks doc
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 23 hours later
Follow-up: Water bubbles appeared on hand and body. Test showed low cortisol level, microalbuminaria, low globulin 4 minutes later
Yes that my endrocrinologist that give me prednisone doc, please let me know to avoid cardiovaskular risk can i take fish oil (omega 3) and vitamin c to help my adrenal?. And can i act like a normal person in my daily activities with my treatment? Or there are anything that i have to do or not to do ? Thanks a lot doc
Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 3 hours later
Adrenal supplements is a controversial subject. Browse this link for some information