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What lab tests (normal blood work) would be off with adrenal insufficiency?

What lab tests (normal blood work) would be off with adrenal insufficiency?

Hormones/it depends,: This can have many tests that are off, primarily hormones like cortisol and aldosterone. Others can be affected as well as sodium and potassium, due to the lack of aldosterone. If the cause is from the hypothalamus, then acth can also be off and this tests is often used in the diagnosis of the kind of adrenal insufficiency. It would be best to see your doctor for these tests to find the cause. ...Read more

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What is the best lab test to check adrenals?

What is the best lab test to check adrenals?

No single test: The adrenals make quite a few different hormones, so no single test can tell if everything is just right. And it gets even more complicated. One key adrenal hormone, cortisol, can vary a lot between normal people, and within the same person depending upon time of day, and whether they're feeling well or not, so that different tests are needed for suspected high or low cortisol levels. ...Read more

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If cortisol blood test came back normal, could salivary cortisol lab show diff? Dr is checking for adrenal fatigue.

If cortisol blood test came back normal, could salivary cortisol lab show diff? Dr is checking for adrenal fatigue.

It depends: This is serious business. The real question is, "Do you have Addison's disease?" A spot serum cortisol is often normal even in Addison's, making the diagnosis tricky. There are decision levels for the easy screens that your physician is aware of, but if there's any doubt, you'll probably get an ACTH stimulation test. Avoid "pop"/"fad" diagnoses like "HPA axis fatigue". Best wishes. ...Read more

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Seen numerous GPs cardiologist, endocrinologist allergist ER &psych /labs tests normal so far/all the symptoms of Hashimotos or adrenal fatigue.?

Seen numerous GPs cardiologist, endocrinologist allergist ER &psych /labs tests normal so far/all the symptoms of Hashimotos or adrenal fatigue.?

So: I don't believe you would find what you want here, you have seen all the doctors you need, and this limited space on that platform won't suffice, all I can tell you is the list is comprehensive for causes of fatigue, good that many organic causes are excluded, anxiety remains to be a cause, you need a doctor you can identify well with, who has the time to go over what you suffer from, take care ...Read more

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Should I get a second opinion? Been diagnosed overactive adrenal hyperaldosterone, 3mo. Later and 16 pills a day and still no improvements in the labs

Should I get a second opinion? Been diagnosed overactive adrenal hyperaldosterone, 3mo. Later and 16 pills a day and still no improvements in the labs

Depends: Are you seeing a specialist? You don't need 16 pills to treat primary hyperaldosteronism. How are you being treated now? If you worry about the current regimen, a second opinion is always your choice. Good physicians should have no problem allowing their patients to seek second opinion. ...Read more

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Tachycardia only an hour after sleep. EP said it is reentry tach or POTS. I am wondering if it is my adrenals. What labs do I need to ask for? Thanks

Tachycardia only an hour after sleep. EP said it is reentry tach or POTS. I am wondering if it is my adrenals. What labs do I need to ask for? Thanks

?Adrenal deficiency: Your doctor will know this answer. If you are worried about checking adrenal insufficiency, tests like random cortisol, AM cortisol or 24 hour cortisol can be ordered. Urine or serum metanephrines are initial tests for phaeochromocytoma. ...Read more

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Adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what to do?

Adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what to do?

Big picture: If you have self-diagnosed "adrenal axis disorder" based on something you read on the internet, but your acth stimulation test did not allow the diagnosis of addisonism, you're in no danger. Your life situation and perspectives may be making you feel this way and perhaps they can be adjusted. True addisonism is rare but does still get missed ; repeat testing in a few months may be in order. ...Read more

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I'm having adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what does this mean?

I'm having adrenal insufficiency symptoms but inconclusive lab results, what does this mean?

Symptoms: I agree with Dr Knecht that this is a very rare disease, but as a general rule if adrenal glands are not working you would have low BP-causing dizziness when you try to get up, fatigue, poor appetite, skin changes. But these same symptoms can also be seen in other states too. ...Read more

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Can an individual have adrenal cancer without a mass/tumor that is visible? All the lab results points to it.

Can an individual have adrenal cancer without a mass/tumor that is visible? All the lab results points to it.

Some as small as 2cm: Usually adrenal tumors are a bit larger, but they can be as small as 2 cm. Talk with your doctor about the lab and imagery results and your treatment options. Take care of yourself overall and be persistent about getting answers that you understand. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have lab results high neut low lymph. . High creatinine. . Bilobe adrenal lymphoma, also multiple splenic lesions. What are chances this is cancer?

Have lab results high neut low lymph. . High creatinine. . Bilobe adrenal lymphoma, also multiple splenic lesions.  What are chances this is cancer?

Lab results: It sounds as if you could have some problems. Rather than discuss them with physicians that are not familiar with your case, why don't you discuss them with the physician who ordered the tests? They know you best and can provide more informed answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had report of adrenal hyperplasia on CT urogram. All labs BP, normal. No symptoms. Is this a normal variant? Male age 62 ideal body weight.

Had report of adrenal hyperplasia on CT urogram.  All labs BP, normal.  No symptoms.  Is this a normal variant?  Male age 62 ideal body weight.

Here are some...: Most likely, the reported finding on CT Urogram is merely incidental and carries no clinical importance. As an F/U for a peace of mind, repeating a CT in a year is reasonable. Of course, the most logical timing of F/U should be deduced by working closely with your treating doc since she/he surely knows more pertinent information about you. ...Read more

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I have had recurring lightheadedness for over a year. All labs, ekg, BP normal. Naturopath suspected adrenal fatigue. Take supplement with no change.?

I have had recurring lightheadedness for over a year. All labs, ekg, BP normal. Naturopath suspected adrenal fatigue. Take supplement with no change.?

Surprised: I'm not. By definition, "alternative" is different from modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more

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Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred? Possible adrenal issue?

Normal lab results, hyper thyroid symptoms. (tachycardia/insomnia) is Synthroid (thyroxine) or armour preferred?  Possible adrenal issue?

Not for hyper: Adding thyroid hormone replacement to a hyperthyroid gland will exacerbate the problem. If there is underlying adrenal insufficiency, adrenal crisis is more likely to occur in someone with hyperthyroidism. Highly recommend endocrine evaluation if you have these issues. ...Read more

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Would standard process adrenal supplements (drenatrophin pmg and adrenal desiccated) affect labs – cmp, tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free t4?

Would standard process adrenal supplements (drenatrophin pmg and adrenal desiccated) affect labs – cmp, tsh, free t3, (liothyronine) free t4?

Adrenal supplements: 46F asks about lab effects of adrenal supplements on CMP, TSH,FT3 and Free T4. This has likely never been studied as there is no regulation of adrenal supplements & makers can put anything in them until a bunch gets sick & reported to FDA. I would avoid these unless you need to waste money. I would also avoid a Dr who prescribes them. But need more information. Consult with me. ...Read more

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What are the lab tests to be done to identify the renal function in early stages of chronic diabetes?

What are the lab tests to be done to identify the renal function in early stages of chronic diabetes?

Tests: Here is an article on what tests are useful:

http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/03/how-do-physicians-check-your-kidneys. Html. ...Read more

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I've got an elevated SGPT 75U/L in a routine test. What further lab tests should be performed now to check liver function/ other related condition?

I've got an elevated SGPT 75U/L in a routine test. What further lab tests should be performed now to check liver function/ other related condition?

My workup: Hepatitis B and C labs. Serum ferritin. Urinary copper for Wilson's. Anti-nuclear antibodies. Ultrasound to look for fat. Consider biopsy if it's now down. In the meantime, think about hitting the fitness circuit really hard and seeing what happens. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need to do a few lab tests ?

I need to do a few lab tests
 
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Lab test: That depends on which conditions you are testing for.

A healthtap doctor can help you. Consider a consult. ...Read more

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What are the best lab tests for anthrax?

What are the best lab tests for anthrax?

This is moot: Anthrax organisms grow on culture. However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back. ...Read more

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Lab tests ALT low is that a concern?

Lab tests ALT low is that a concern?

No: I have this myself and I have spoken with my local liver specialist. Labs are based on mean of population and few people will be outside the range. Low is not a problem. ...Read more

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Are there lab tests to diagnose prostatitis?

Are there lab tests to diagnose prostatitis?

Somewhat: There's no *absolute* test, but the diagnosis is supported by an abnormal urinalysis, irritative urinary symptoms, and a rectal exam with a tender prostate. ...Read more

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For a general check up What lab tests should be done?

For a general check up
What lab tests should be done?

Check up: At 19 maybe none. However, a reasonable general lab panel would be a blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile and UA ...Read more

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Are there lab tests to confirm the diagnosis of mumps?

Are there lab tests to confirm the diagnosis of mumps?

Yes: There is blood test to diagnose mumps, it can tell you if your are having mumps at present or you had it in the past. You get blood result in2 days ...Read more

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What causes blood to be dark, almost black when drawn for lab tests?

What causes blood to be dark, almost black when drawn for lab tests?

Deoxygenation: Blood is never black.it just looks deep red from venous circulation. When blood becomes oxygenated...it gets bright red...when deoxygenated....dark red/maroon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me 2 ex. of lab tests done on the patient and 2 ex. of the lab test done on material obtained from patient?

Can you tell me 2 ex. of lab tests done on the patient and 2 ex. of the lab test done on material obtained from patient?

Patient material: Almost all lab tests are done on blood, urine, sputum or other body fluid from a patient. Some examples are blood culture for infection, Presence of antibodies to HIV, other examples being thyroid function tests, Blood group of the patient, genetic tests for inherited disorders. Tests done on the whole patient are usually X-ray, CT scan and MRI. ...Read more

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Can you tell me 2 examples of lab tests done on the patient and 2 examples of the lab test done on material obtained from a patient?

Can you tell me 2 examples of lab tests done on the patient and 2 examples of the lab test done on material obtained from a patient?

2 examples: It's almost always materials obtained from patients like blood, urine, hair, tissue, feces. Lab tests are done to analyze or quantify something. Urinalysis and stool culture
There are imaging tests, and procedure test, not labs that are done on the patient like x-rays, stress tests etc. ...Read more

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What kind of lab tests do endocrinologists do?

What kind of lab tests do endocrinologists do?

Hormone levels: They do tests for various hormone levels. Thyroid, diabetes, adrenal and so on.... ...Read more

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Is there any lab tests to diagnose adhd/add?

Is there any lab tests to diagnose adhd/add?

No: Body fluids (i.e., urine or blood) are not tested to diagnose add/adhd. One gets history ; rating scales from the person and other sources (like parents/ teachers). Psychological and neuropsychological testing are another tool. Observation of the person is also important. Take care. ...Read more

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What are some names for lab tests when testing for toxins in your system?

What are some names for lab tests when testing for toxins in your system?

Toxins in the system: Test not needed. Without specific illness or medical problem, toxins in your system is NOT something that need test(s). Many companies sell their products in the name of purifications. ...Read more