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Does anyone know of a test to determine if the adrenals are calcified or whatever it is called when part or all of the adrenals are damaged beyond recovery? I am trying Dr. James Wilson's regime from his book Adrenal Fatigue. I am on 5 mg prednisone/day, 1 grain armour thyroid/day, and about 25 mg DHEA/day. 17 years ago, my doctor told me that I was one step above addison's disease. Unfortunately the test he used - an acth stim test where I gave 24 hrs urine, then an IV (which my Dr. later told me was like drinking 10 pots of coffee), then 24 hrs of urine again - caused me to be bedfast for 3 months. The test wore out my adrenals even further!!! Rats!

I went from 5 mg prednisone to 3/4 of 5 mg or 3.75 mg prednisone/day and 100 mg dhea every 8 hrs. It worked for a while along with the Wilson regime. My problem is that DHEA gives me massive yeast infections after a while so I have to lower the dose. Usually I lower it too quickly to get rid of the yeast which in turn overstresses my adrenals. I would love to fully recover. But if my adrenals are partly damaged beyond recovery, then I don't want to waste my time and money on all of Wilson's supplements. Has anyone else tried the Wilson regime? Do you know of a test to see if the adrenals are calcified or whatever it is called? My Dr., an internist, said an MRI might do it.

Thanks, Adrenal Man :wave:





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