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Adrenal Testing

Today is the day, I've been waiting for this test since learning about adrenal function last summer when I was taking the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute's Fibromyalgia Advisor program. I was doing some research and I came across this article about adrenal fatigue and I believe that I have issues with adrenal function, not necessarily fatigue but they are not functioning properly.

  1. You’re a “night person” (you have trouble getting up in the morning and you have trouble falling asleep at night, even when you’re exhausted) ✓

  2. Your blood pressure is either above 120/80 or below 105/70 ✓

  3. You get a headache after exercising ✓

  4. You clench or grind your teeth

  5. You get dizzy when you stand up quickly ✓

  6. You crave salty foods ✓

  7. You perspire easily, regardless of the temperature

  8. You’re always tired ✓

  9. You need to wear sunglasses outside during the day ✓

  10. You don’t stay asleep at night ✓

I got 8/10 in that questionnaire. According to the article: "If two or more of these describe you, you most likely have some degree of adrenal dysregulation." I spoke to my new naturopathic doctor about my issues and she agreed that we should get the tests done. I had to pay out of payment for this testing, but I believe that it will be worth knowing if I have issues with adrenal functions and steer my treatments and dietary changes to meet any of those needs from the adrenals working overtime. Next up in my testing is a new set of blood work and looking at factors that were overlooked when I was working with GP. I am still without a family physician and I hope that I can see the college clinic doctor for things that can be covered by OHIP and be easy on my pocket book. I am grateful I can put some money towards naturopathic treatments. If you suspect that you may have issues with adrenal functions, please get in touch with your general practioner for a discussion and possible testing.

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