I had a 24 hr saliva test done to see how my adrenals are. My symptoms match up very well to adrenal fatigue but I can't get the dang results back. It's been 2.5 weeks and my doctor still doesn't have them. Meanwhile I'm not getting to work until noon because I can't wakeup in the morning. I don't know which is worse, the thyroid disease or the trouble of getting the help I need. Anyway, I have a question. When the doctor gets the results he is likely to say, "everything looks fine and keep doing what you're doing". What should I look for though? Should my cortisol be below range before I get support or does below mid-range require support? Any feedback would help me talk to my doctor. Thanks a lot.
I'm not sure precisely where you should be in the range and it depends on the lab and what ranges they use as i notice varying types of ranges from country to country in a lot of the various tests which people are having done.
I do know if your cortisol levels are too low or too high you will end up with problems, but like most things, you might be a little off target and it might be possible to feel side effects.
I also did a saliva test and at 6am i was 20 nmol/L and i was supposed to be at 25nmol/L
20 compared to 25 doesn't seem like much but i was more or less dragging myself to work daily. My eyes felt swollen and would sting when i'd close them. My head felt foggy and i couldn't think straight and more or less felt as though i had been hit by a bus. I would hate to see what it would be like if my numbers were even lower.
By midday my cortisol was at 5 and by 6pm i had none left and apparently it then borrows from testosterone and throws your testosterone out of balance.
Since taking cortisol (i'm only taking half a 25mg cortate tablet) and i feel so much better.
I'm not sure how long it takes to get the results processed, but if it's already been two weeks i'd say they ought to be processed by now. Hope you get them soon as it's awful living with adrenal fatigue.
I had a few signs of adrenal gland problems too. Our insurance doesn't cover any blood tests or doc visits so I went to the health foods/ vitamin store and picked up some Adrenal Caps. I do feel better. Not as much brain fog anyway. I would get exhausted just doing the vacuuming or loading some laundry in the wash. I have a big project coming up where I'll need all the energy I can muster up. I'm on too much thyroid medicine, my thyroid has to be completely repressed, had cancer of this gland in 89' so I have to take enough to shut the rest of what they left in there after surgery completely off. Can't regulate it to a lower dosage, been there, done that. I wish they would of taken the whole thing out then I would be in this mess.