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I am in the US. I have been diagnosed with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. Over the past year I have also developed very low blood pressure that drops even lower when standing. For example today it is 82/48 and when I stand up it drops to 70/38. My cardiologist ordered a morning cortisol test. My total cortisol was 4.4. The lab range was 4.6-25. He dismissed the results as close to normal. I have also lost 22 pounds in the past five months due to stomach pain and I crave salt (drink lots of pickle juice). I know my cortisol is not terribly low in the one test, but is it possible I should follow up with family doctor and ask for further testing? What were your levels when diagnosed and how did the process of being diagnosed go? Thanks for any input. (I also had a surgery over a year ago and went into cardiogenic shock. My heart function fell to 16 percent and I almost died. Along with other meds, I was given massive doses of steroids for swelling in throats from the neck surgery. Could this babe been a crisis?) thanks everyone. I know you must get tired of answering questions like this.
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