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    @graemeb9803 why dont you do some home tests to check if you have any adrenal issues?

    In Dr. Wilson's book, Adrenal Fatigue , he lists 3 tests you can do at home to help determine if you have Adrenal Fatigue (or Burned Out Adrenals, as Dr. S calls it). This might be helpful for those who can't afford a Cortisol test.

    Test #1: Iris Contraction Test
    Equipment required: chair, small flashlight, mirror, a watch (with a second hand), and a dark room.

    In a darkened room, sit in a chair in front of a mirror. Holding the flashlight at the side of your head, shine it across one eye (not into the eye). Watch what happens in the mirror.

    You should see your pupil contract immediately after the light hits the eye. The pupil will normally stay contracted, but if you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil won't be able to hold its contraction and will dilate. This dilation will take place within 2 minutes and last for about 30-45 seconds before it contracts again. Time how long the dilation lasts and record it along with the date. Retest monthly as it serves as an indicator of recovery.

    Test #2: Blood Pressure Test

    If your blood pressure drops when you stand up from a lying position, this almost always indicates low adrenals. This can be measured with a blood pressure gauge (a sphygmomanometer), which you can buy at a drug store. Make sure to purchase the type that doesn't require a stethoscope to take your blood pressure.

    Make sure to do this test when you are well hydrated or it could give you a false positive. Lie down quietly for about 10 minutes, then take your blood pressure (while still lying down). Then stand up and measure your blood pressure immediately upon standing. Normally blood pressure will rise 10-20mmHg from standing up. If your blood pressure drops, you likely have adrenal fatigue. The more severe the drop, the more severe the adrenal fatigue.

    Test #3: Sergent's White Line

    This is only present in about 40% of people with Adrenal Fatigue, but if the test is positive, it's a "slam dunk" confirmation.

    With a ballpoint pen, take the cap end of the pen and lightly stroke the skin on your abdomen, making a mark about 6" long. Within a few seconds, a line should appear. In a normal reaction, the mark is initially white, but reddens within a few seconds. If you have Adrenal Fatigue, the line will stay white for about 2 minutes and will also widen.

    Test #4: Walking Test

    Stand up straight and try putting one of your foot infront of other in such a way that it's heel touchs the toes of other foot. Try taking a few steps in this way to see if you get off balance. Dr. Peatfield did this test for me and I couldn't walk in straight line without falling on sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilber View Post
    You are not alone @indigorush But what makes you think you have adrenal fatigue?
    I had an adrenal test (by saliva) with my nutritionist and it showed my cortisol was low throughout all 4 readings.
    Search FireYourDoctor (my channel name) on Youtube. I have made videos on there about my progress (or lack of) and why I'm like this.
    I can't link yet because I have to post more than 20 times and only set-up on here yesterday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by graemeb9803 View Post
    Hi Wilber

    What do you mean by adrenals? I have been struggling in terms of my thyroxine working for about 4 weeks then back to feeling rubbish! Could it be this?
    Adrenals are glands that sit upon your kidneys. They're small but responsible for a lot.
    They produce hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which help to get you going in the morning and give you energy throughout the day.

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    Wilber will give it a try. so much for your advise

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    @indigorush I've change the settings so users can post links after 5 posts. Sorry this feature was implemented to stop spammers postings rubbish links.

    Great video channel, have watched a couple of your videos. Well done!

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    If you have low adrenals and thyroid issues, and are ALREADY ON thyroid medication and it isn't working, what do you do? Stop the thryoid medication that appears to be pooling and treat the adrenals???

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    Quote Originally Posted by zugora View Post
    If you have low adrenals and thyroid issues, and are ALREADY ON thyroid medication and it isn't working, what do you do? Stop the thryoid medication that appears to be pooling and treat the adrenals???
    Depends on thyroid medication to be honest. I read a book The Thyroid Scandal where it was suggested to stop medication for a week or so before you start treating adrenals. I think the idea is as you support your adrenals, your existing hormones will start getting used making you feel hyper and you want to avoid it. From personal experience, it didnt happen to me. I felt slight hyper symptoms but nothing to worry about.

 

 

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