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It is often possible to assess adrenal insufficiency based upon symptoms. Anyone who is tired, allergic, intolerant to cold, with symptoms of low blood sugar, weakness and low blood pressure, most likely has some degree of adrenal insufficiency.
Blood tests may be useful to detect serious adrenal insufficiency. A serum sodium level less than 130 mEq/L and a serum potassium greater than 5 mEq/L may be noted. A low glucose levels and elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) may also be present. Other factors, however, can affect the serum readings.


Found this on the web which just doesn't make sense. I have a metabolic panel with my labs.
Glucose 112 MG/DL (68-115) (above says a low reading)
UREA Nitrogen (BUN) 14 MG/DL (8-19) (is this considered elevated? Didn't think so)
Sodium 139 MMOL/L (135-148)
Potassium 3.8 MMOL/L (3.5-5.1) I'm on blood pressure meds which lowers potassium.

I've also been gaining weight hand over fist - not losing. I'm reading and reading and just not able to piece anything together.


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