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This test helps find out whether you adrenal glands are working properly or not.
A baseline blood draw for cortisol is done and then synacthen is given into the blood stream or the muscle.
30 minutes later a second blood draw for cortisol is done.
The purpose is to see that your adrenal glands are doing OK or not. ...Read more
Need more info: What was the result of the test? What do you mean by not feeling well? It could be the underlying reason that prompted the test. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and perhaps some lab tests. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more
Low and High:
To tough to answer in a short reponse.
The article I think is best is "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACTH-stimulation-test"
It will take some time to fully understand but the article is good and worth spending time on.
The short test is obviously the easiest.
I wish you well. ...Read more
Yes, but: It will not help your hep b. ...Read more
Is there an alternative to the short synacthen test to check for addison disease? I'm worried about the side effects of the cortisol. Thanks.
Don't worry: The cortisone produced will be your own and not significant enough to cause side effects even if your adrenal is normal. ...Read more
Had a flu vaccination today. How soon can I have a short synacthen test? I'm having mra with contrast in 4 weeks. This all safe to have within 4 weeks
Have a pituitary tumor. I refused a synacthen test because I had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago. I read this injection can cause veins to burst.
I had my brain aneurysm coiled 3 months ago. Worried about having a synacthen test incase the steroid injection causes a vessel to burst in my brain?
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: A h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regard to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more