When I first started TRT, about 3 years ago, I had my DHEA tested. It was in the 70's and was too low. I started supplementing with a prescription DHEA and left it at that. I think it helped me but I started it at the same time as TRT so cannot pin that down. The doctor suspected that I have low aldosterone as well because of low BP and frequent urination and I am not sure what else. I did have it tested and I think the number was 8. I do not know the range but he never said I needed to treat it so I assume it was fine. Recently, and several years ago I had to take predisone. First it was for Polymyositis and the more recent time it was for a chest infection. I felt pretty great both times. This last time I was taking 60mg and that was a bit much and caused some trouble sleeping but I had boundless energy. Well I only took it for a week and now I am back to having no energy again.
From what I understand your adrenal glands make DHEA, cortisol, and aldosterone. If I had low DHEA and the doctor suspects low aldosterone would it not stand to reason that I might have some cortisol problems? And if I felt so good taking the Prednisone would that testify to that a little or does it just make everyone feel like superman regardless? Lastly, is there a feedback loop that can get shut down if you take DHEA?