Adrenal Testing

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*Bella*
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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm essentially without an LLMD and I'm going to hold off on seeing one while I'm looking for a Naturopath (no point in paying 2 different doctors). My primary knows next to nothing about Lyme, so I'm wondering what I need to do to get my adrenals tested.

Is there specific bloodwork I can ask for? Any particular numbers to look for? I'm totally clueless when it comes to this, but I suspect Lyme and stress have caused adrenal fatigue.

1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I got to do the 24 hr jug-o-pee test for my adrenals!

ticker
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bella.  Lyme disease can affect all hormone levels.  Many symptoms of hormone deficiencies can overlap with Lyme disease.  As I have posted many times, I believe everyone who has Lyme should have their hormone levels tested. 

Regarding thyroid testing, it is important to have the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel.  They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view.  If antibodies are present, it can indicate Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder.  It is fairly common.  If you have Hashimoto's, your other results may be in the normal range but treatment is warranted.   

Regarding adrenal and hormone testing, from what I understand saliva testing is more reliable than blood testing.  One lab that does saliva testing is ZRT Lab http://www.zrtlab.com/default.aspx?s=1 This lab can test cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, estradiol, and DHEA levels.   

One book about adrenal fatigue is "Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome" by Dr. James L. Wilson.  Adrenal function is also discussed in "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton MD.

I hope this helps.



Sulma
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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere that the neurotoxins antagonize, or block, the receptors in the adrenals and the gonads, which accounts for why Limies have poor energy and sex drive, and that anything that could successfully detox those glands would restore those levels. Freeze-dried garlic did it for me.  My energy level came back to about 90% (on good days) of what it used to be and my sex drive maybe 75%.  Both gradually go back to crap with I have to stop the garlic due to the expense.  The stuff is like $15 a bottle even when I can afford to buy it in bulk and a bottle only lasts 8 days.   

*Bella*
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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ticker - Thank you! I will look into testing from ZRT.

Hi Sulma - I take Zhang's Allicin, is that the same as the freeze dried garlic?

judy3
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   Posted 11/19/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest you go to see and endo, and they can arrange all the testing, I did thyroid, aldasterone, cortisol, metanaphrine...sorry but the spelling is probably wrong.

ticker
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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck Bella.

From my experience, most endos do not believe saliva testing is valid.  To find a doctor who does this testing, try contacting a compound pharmacy in your area.   These pharmacies make up the natural homrone creams for hormone deficiencies, and they may know of area doctors who do saliva testing.


kitty9309
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the ACTH/Aldosterone Stimulation test. It was done through my endo, as there is an injection involved and timed testing.
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