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The one thing I've read that somewhat explains adrenal fatigue's being underdiagnosed by mainstream doctors is that in the past it USED to be diagnosed and treated, but they used large doses of steroids, which were more harmful than helpful, so they became afraid to fool with anything but actual adrenal failure. This is dubious, but what I've read which COULD be a viable explanation.

May I ask what your doctor wanted you to do for your condition? We could compare notes. My son was tentatively diagnosed (after being ill since Nov. 2003) with adrenal insufficiency and hypothyroidism. The doctor who diagnosed him used to be a pediatrician (still IS, I guess you'd say), but went back to school to become an environmental doctor, which is along the lines of the naturopath, I believe. He was recommended to us by a dear friend, whom we considered to be knowledgable, since he suffers similar problems, due to pituitary problems.

This doctor has issued us Cortef, and wants us to work up to 20 mg. per day. In addition, he prescribed Armour thyroid pills, to be increased by 1/4 grain per week until we reached 1 grain. How does this compare to what you have been given, with perhaps the omission of the Armour? Were you asked to take Dessimated Adrenal glandulars, too? I've heard that this can be of some help. I guess I'm in the same boat as you, as I don't want to turn off my son's adrenal glands by giving him cortisol (Cortef), if it isn't proven that he needs it (didn't fail the ACTH stim test). Did YOU ever have the ACTH stim test? It seems like it would be a great idea to have it done. This is the conclusive test for adrenal FAILURE, though can't diagnose adrenal fatigue as well.

Hope this has been helpful at least in letting you know there are others of us out here with similar quandries and symptoms. ~ :wave: Tracy

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