So I've been fighting a low Co2 issue for 2.5 years now and have not been able to figure it out. I believe this is why I feel like utter shit because when your body is in an acidic state it screws up all metabolic processes.
I thought it was a liver issue because I've been taking supps for the liver and felt some improvement but then plateaued after a couple weeks and my latest labs shows no improvement in my Co2 levels. The liver supps took me from feeling like I was at 30-40% to about 60-70%. It gave me more energy and a little more desire to get off my butt and do things and the crushing fatigue disappeared but if I get too busy doing things I'll pay for it for the next couple of days with tiredness and just general feeling like I was hit by a train. I'm feeling it today by the way from being too active yesterday.
By the way labcorp has just changed the low end of the range to 20 for Co2 and I'm now officially low in Co2 according to them. Other labs have the bottom of the range at 22 and I've been at 18-20 for most of the last 2.5 years.
Anyway, I was looking thru some old labs this week and saw where my Co2 jumped up to 23 on two different sets of labs at the beginning of this year. This was the same time I was megadosing oral preg. My preg was at 28 and I wanted to get it up quite a bit just to see what happened. The only thing that happened was I got to the top of the range on preg, my prog levels went way over range at 2.7 and I had completely forgotten that it raised my Co2 from 18 to 23.
Long story short I've been studying specifically on low co2/acidosis again this week and saw addison's disease mentioned which lead me to aldosterone. Apparently aldosterone helps the kidneys get rid of acid and if you are low on aldosterone then this can make for an acidic blood ph. Co2, which is mostly bicarbonate in the blood, buffers against acids to keep the blood at a certain ph and when it does this because of an acid overload your Co2 levels will drop.
I already know that without supplements my cortisol and dhea are at the lower end of the range so I'm thinking it's possible that aldosterone could be low too since it is produced in the adrenals also and when I megadosed preg it could have brought my aldosterone levels up which would have made my kidneys get rid of more acids which would bring up my Co2 levels. Mind you, trt did wonders for me for about 3 months and then like a switch that somebody turned off it completely quit having any benefit for me at all. I hear all the time that trt can shut down or partially shut down other hormone systems and it appears that it did so to my adrenals. I don't completely understand how trt can shut down other hormones but I do know that some doctors, including Crisler, believe that we have to backfill the pathways with preg and other supps because of this. Also, trt should be called hrt because it seems we have to manage a lot more than just T!
I'm curious if anybody else has had low or lowish aldosterone levels, what were your symptoms, what did you do to bring them up and did you feel any benefits from raising your levels.
I'll be getting aldosterone tested tomorrow and should have the results by the end of the week. I'm at the end of my rope here so I've never hoped for a low reading on a test more than I am now!! Lol