My primary care doctor (family practice MD with an alternative bend) just emailed me with the results of my labs-- he said I have adrenal fatigue, common in CFS. Mainly, my DHEA-S is too low and my pregnenalone is also low. My cortisol is actually too high, and that can make people feel lousy when the hormones don't balance. I won't have my follow-up with him for another 3 weeks, but he suggested I read a book and hinted that most of my changes will be behavioral, maybe with some hormone supplements. He does know I see Dr. Lerner and take AVs. Can anyone relate to these results? Also, I hesitate to bring this up with Dr. Lerner next week because many physicians don't believe in adrenal fatigue (my husband said they never learned this in medical school- only Addison's). I don't know yet with my GP will suggest as a course of treatment, so I don't know what to tell Lerner. I know that giving steroids when treating bacterial infections are a no-no. Not sure about viral infections, since many people with mono are given a 3 day course of prednisone to unswell their throats. Has anyone taken something like hydrocortisone and AVs together? It's frustrating-- I'm in the middle of a Valcyte herx and now this!