The spit test results are in!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Adrenal Insufficiency!! Woo!!
I guess it's a little weird to be excited about this, but it feels REALLY good to finally have a diagnosis/explanation!!
Long story short, I did a 24 hour saliva test for this about a month ago. It involved swabbing my spit every 2 hours for a day (only during waking hours) and putting it in a little tube in the fridge. Completely uncomplicated, though gross. I took the little tubes to the lab the next day...done. I got the call this afternoon from my doc...I'm not in full failure (thank God), but I do have super elevated levels of cortisol in my system all day long. Quick tutorial for those who don't know..."normal" function is to have a spike first thing in the morning, then have lowered levels throughout the day...and mine apparently is spiked all day long.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue (include but are not limited to--these are just the ones I have):
low blood pressure
poor tolerance of cold/heat
sugar sweet cravings
chronic fatigue for over three months
slow recovery from colds
high sensitivity to bright light
history of infections
low body temp
badly affected by flus
adverse reaction to stress
hot flashes during TOM
difficulty conceiving children
regular sore throats
cold hands feet
There are more, but I'm tired of typing them. :)
The problem with this list is that these symptoms describe MANY health conditions. Insulin resistance, thyroid disorders, depression, CFD, etc. I've had these symptoms for many years, taken about a million tests, and I've always been told to lose weight. Because as we all know, it just takes a magic wand to do so, right? (SARCASM!!) I finally broke down and paid the $400 for this test (insurance does not cover it of course) because I'm just tired of dealing with the symptoms. I'm REALLY happy that it was not a wasted $400!!
For now, I've decided to go the homeopathic route for treatment. There are a bunch of prescription meds that I can take for this, but to be honest...I really don't like taking official "medicine". Too many side effects. So I always try to go the "natural" route first. Thankfully, my current doc shares my mindset of mixing homeopathic and conventional medicine or she probably wouldn't have even recommended getting the test done! Anyhow...I've got a couple of supplements now to take everyday to try to yoke my adrenal function back in line. She (my doc) said that she's seen a lot of success with this route in other patients and HERSELF (she was suffering from this for years), so I'm hopeful!
In the very least I'm really happy because it has solved the "why am I having a 4 month plateau" mystery!!