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I have hashimoto's thyroiditis and am wondering if my adrenals are stressed or fatigued? My endo did several tests but don't know if he did the correct ones that really tell for sure. I am having trouble increasing my thyroid meds without raising my bp...............in other words, sensitive to meds. My legs and muscles are weak and I have shortness of breath. Here are the only tests he ran:

Random cortisol 14.......................Range 2-25

Then he did the fasting test (don't know the name) where I took the "Dexamethasone" tablet the night before and they drew blood the next morning. That came back: 1 (out of range) ...........Range 2-25 He called it "normal".

The he did the 24 hr. urine to see if I had adrenal tumor. I did not see my lab reports on that but was told it was normal. Don't even know if that test could have told him if my adrenals were fatigued.

Now my gp just prescribed Cortef 1 mg morning and 1 mg. night without doing a test first, so I was concerned if I have had the proper test and if I really needed the Cortef. Then I had read somewhere that the saliva test was the only one that was accurate since you test 4 times a day. I would appreciate it if someone could enlighten me on this.





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