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    Old 10-08-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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    Help understanding test results

    Hi, I am new here, actually new to any message boards like this. I was wondering if anyone could help me with some insight on some test results. I have been sick for a few years. Lately I have lost a lot of weight, low BP, extreme fatigue, along with many other symptoms that go along with adrenal issues.
    on 7/7/15 I did ACTH stimulation test
    Cortisol AM baseline was 3.3
    after 30 min it was 14.3
    on 7/13/15
    Cortisol AM of 2.6
    ACTH of 8.6
    Cortisol AM 5.7
    ACTH 5.8
    Dr finally sent me to an Endocrinologist and he wanted to do the Low dose Cortisol stimulation test. The medicine was given to me through IV over 2 min.
    My baseline Cortisol was 4
    ACTH was 10
    at 30 min Cortisol was 11.8
    at 60 min it was 10.4.
    I am really unsure about the Dr. as he does not have very good reviews. I understand that no one can give me a diagnosis, but does this seem like there might be something going on in the Adrenal area?

    Thanks for you help

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    Old 11-01-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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    Re: Help understanding test results

    Your test results indicate you don't have Addison's, but I got tested three times before it was positive, about once every 5 years. Yes, it took me 15 years to get a diagnosis. It was only after i got a tan in the middle of Winter that the Dr once again suggested another test. Your adrenal grands have to lose 95% of function before the test is positive. There are, however, alot of different diseases that share similar symptoms. They told me for nearly 20 years there was nothing wrong with me, I was malingering, or had chronic fatigue syndrome. It wasn't till I blacked out driving, and had no pressure, electrolytes all messed up, that the test was redone.

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