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High Cortisol From Eating?

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I'm following up with my GI to see if I'm getting repeated cross-contamination so this could just be a symptom of that.

HOWEVER, I wonder if anyone knows of what could cause high cortisol when I eat. It's like I can feel my cortisol rising when I eat, and it's not in a normal way whatsoever. It's like food/eating makes my cortisol surge. I mean i have high cortisol anyway but eating often makes it worse. Could a food allergy or sensitivity cause this? Or something like, I don't know, histamine intolerance (I always see people talking about that on these forums but don't know much about it). Or something else? Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Could you go into detail about what symptoms/evidence leads you to believe that your cortisol level rises when you eat?  Cortisol levels in the blood aren't necessarily something that you can feel immediate fluctuations of... rather, cortisol causes slow changes in the body, and if you have high cortisol levels that can be Cushing's Syndrome.


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I was tested for Cushing's last year. My cortisol was at the high end of the range. It was out of range in a 24 hour urine test. Then I did the dexamethasone suppression test which suppressed my cortisol, meaning that I do not have Cushing's, according to my endocrinologist.

I'm not sure how to explain my symptoms when I eat. I guess it's like a surging of adrenaline, like everything is revving inside, almost like your heart is racing even though it may actually not be, it's how you would feel if something super stressful was happening but I'm not feeling stressed about anything, I'm just eating.

Getting off contaminated colanders and other kitchen stuff improved it a lot. (Pre-diagnosis my cortisol was just chronically high all the time) However I'm still experiencing this to some extent, and I don't know if that means I'm still getting cross-contaminated somewhere or if there are some other conditions/intolerances/etc that could cause this.

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Do you have any cardiac or respiratory issues?  When my asthma is bothering me and I don't get enough oxygen while eating I have those kinds of symptoms you describe.  But it could be other things.  While I understand it may be easy to point a finger at the cortisol, it is really unlikely to be spiking the way you describe.  It is probably caused by something else, which could be one of many things.  It won't hurt to double check for sources of CC, and slow down and breathe a bit when you eat.  There could be other intolerances, but usually those things are not an instantaneous reaction, rather they would be similar to a gluten reaction that takes place once food is digested and possibly last a while as it goes through the GI tract. 


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