What Does High Cortisol Feel Like?

What are the symptoms of excess cortisol?

General signs and symptoms of too much cortisol include:

  • weight gain, mostly around the midsection and upper back.
  • weight gain and rounding of the face.
  • acne.
  • thinning skin.
  • easy bruising.
  • flushed face.
  • slowed healing.
  • muscle weakness.

How do you lower cortisol levels quickly?

Here’s how to lower cortisol levels.

  1. Try meditation. Meditation activates the body’s relaxation response through the HPA axis, the central stress response system.
  2. Swap intense workouts for gentle exercise.
  3. Eat a healthy carb at dinner.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Rewire your sleep schedule.

How can I test my cortisol levels at home?

A cortisol saliva test is usually done at home, late at night, when cortisol levels are lower. Your health care provider will recommend or provide you with a kit for this test. The kit will likely include a swab to collect your sample and a container to store it.

Can high cortisol levels cause pain?

Cortisol serum levels may be high in depressed pain and non-pain patients. The relationship between pain, depression, and high serum cortisol levels is unclear and complicated, as patients with severe chronic pain invariably report depression until their pain is controlled.