Where does cortisol go - and what about hot flashes?

(karen) #1

So … I’m doing some thinking about cortisol. A hundred different bits of information about how it’s useful and how it’s not useful, how we need it in this capacity and it’s a problem in that one. But how is it actually broken down / removed from the body? Or does it just degrade naturally within the body and then get re-formed by the adrenal cortex in response to impending daylight, stress and other factors?

ETA: I’m fascinated by hot flashes. (Ok, I admit, “Fascinated” is not the first adjective I’d use, but it is one of them.) I feel a very specific sensation in my solar plexus at the onset of a hot flash. It’s somewhat similar to an adrenaline rush but not the same, and it has the same Big Onset - gradual reduction over 5 minutes or so - quality of an adrenaline surge. Wondering what hormone this is. Suspected cortisol except for the rapid decline/breakdown aspect.

(karen) #2

To add, my frustration / curiosity about this stems from reading that hot flashes are “a hormonal imbalance”, a little wobble, stated as if they just appear out of nowhere if things build up or drop too low, but for me that’s not true, or at least not all of it. I get about a 30 second warning and it’s definitely a sensation of my body flooding with something, I’m not just suddenly aware of being too warm.

(Bunny) #3

Stress is emotional comprehension function

Emotional intelligence and reacting on impulse mechanism; reciprocal response timing:

Reacting on impulse (HPA axis hypothalamus-pituitary gland-adrenal glands dysregulation);

  1. ”OMG the sky is falling?”

Emotional intelligence (rational thinking?):

  1. ”I will think about this more before I choose to react?”


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(Bunny) #4

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