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normal cortisol levels range from about 10 to 20 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl) in the early morning (within one hour of the usual time of awakening), from 3 to 10 ug/dl at 4 PM
you need more endocrine testing of your cortisol and ACTH levels and pituitary hormones
if your pituitary gland is making too much ACTH which could be causing your adrenal glands making too much cortisol which could cause you to gain weight and have increased appetite and muscle pains.