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Flowergirl~
I hope I can be of some help. For the ACTH stimulation test, the lab tech gave me an injection that was to stimulate the adrenals. Before the injection she took my blood, then took blood 15 minutes after that and then again after 30 minutes. So my blood was drawn 3 times. I received my results 5 days later and my ACTH level came back high. This indicated my pituitary was working extra hard to get my adrenals to produce cortisol. My symtoms included: exhaustion, dizzy, brain fog, itchy skin, low back pain, dark skin as well as some vitiligo. I am sure there's more but those were the most troublesome. I also had an adrenal antibodies test done and it came back "high". I have been on 20 mg. of hydrocortisone for 2 weeks now and am feeling so much better. I am also hypothyroid, so right now I am trying to figure out my optimal dose in both synthroid and HC. I hope you get the help you need.
[QUOTE=shelbe;3794819]Flowergirl~
I hope I can be of some help. For the ACTH stimulation test, the lab tech gave me an injection that was to stimulate the adrenals. Before the injection she took my blood, then took blood 15 minutes after that and then again after 30 minutes. So my blood was drawn 3 times. I received my results 5 days later and my ACTH level came back high. This indicated my pituitary was working extra hard to get my adrenals to produce cortisol. My symtoms included: exhaustion, dizzy, brain fog, itchy skin, low back pain, dark skin as well as some vitiligo. I am sure there's more but those were the most troublesome. I also had an adrenal antibodies test done and it came back "high". I have been on 20 mg. of hydrocortisone for 2 weeks now and am feeling so much better. I am also hypothyroid, so right now I am trying to figure out my optimal dose in both synthroid and HC. I hope you get the help you need.[/QUOTE]

I just want you to know how helpful your post is Shelbe. :) I'll be seeing a new doc next week and i'll ask for this test. I am hypo too and have the same symptoms as you. I'm also encouraged to hear that after only 2 weeks you were feeling so much better. Did the doc start you on 20 mg? and do you take it all at once in the morning or in split doses? Thanks again!





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