I suspected back in January that I had adrenal fatigue (fatigue and many other symptoms caused by dysfunctioning adrenals) when my switch from Levo to NDT wasn’t as smooth as I’d hoped and my Free T3 was pooling in my blood (blood tests showed a high T3 even though I had an OK TSH and Free T4, which is a key sign of adrenal issues). So, after my endocrinologist refused to test them, saying that he could tell by looking at me that they were fine, I tested them privately through Genova Diagnostics.
When I got the results back, they showed that I had elevated cortisol, so adrenal fatigue, all day. Following this, I attempted to lower the high cortisol using Holy Basil, then Seriphos, and other lifestyle changes such as good sleep, going to bed by 10pm, vitamin supplements etc. basically things that promote good adrenal health.
I came off the Seriphos two and a half weeks ago, and feel pretty good, so I’m now retesting my adrenal function, to actually see how it’s doing. I’ve just ordered the test and I’m going to explain below how I’ve done so, so that others can do the same thing if they’re looking to check their adrenals.
I Googled ‘Genova adrenal saliva test’and found the test on their website. You could also look through their website to find the page. It’s called ‘Adrenal Stress Profile’ and the description reads:
“This saliva test can detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. Imbalances in these hormones can indicate an inappropriate response that can negatively impact energy levels, emotions, and many other health complaints. These include anxiety, chronic inflammatory conditions, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, migraines, headaches, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.”
It should state that it’s measuring DHEA and cortisol, taking 4 saliva samples (5ml) collected at specific times over a 24-hour period (frozen). Make sure this is what you’re ordering! It’s important that it’s testing those two things and takes 4 saliva samples.
After clicking ‘order now’ I was taken to a page where I had to select the test from a list. I selected the drop-down menu ‘Complete Alphabetical Listing’ and then selected:
|Adrenal Stress Profile||END01||£82.00|
I then proceeded to check-out, putting in the code supplied by Dr Alyssa Burns, in association with Thyroid UK (Thyroid UK and Dr Burns give permission for all thyroid or suspected thyroid patients to use this code, so don’t worry) A42AQ and then filling in my address and payment details. Done! The test will come within the next week or so.
The test comes with everything you need, including instructions on how to complete it and how to send it back to them, so make sure to read this carefully.
After you’ve sent it back, you will need to contact Thyroid UK using this request form and they will send you your results when they become available.
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