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Adrenal Gland!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 12, 2009
  • 09:44 PM

My doctor (well actually the receptionist) told me that I have an adrenal gland level of 985. I have to get a dexamethasone test, and I did some research on my own and figured out that they're testing me for Cushing's. I never got to talk to the doctor, so I just want to know if anyone knows how high this level is, or what adrenal gland levels should be???

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  • Ask at www.cushings-help.com . Alot of people there have been thru testing and will be helpful. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you have symptoms of Cushing's disease?I can't tell you what that level means because I don't know what the normal range is for that lab.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Okay, are you referring to the Adrenal Stess Index? This is sort of a nuvo-holistic tool that tests cortisol and DHEA through saliva samples. I would ask whether your doctor is a holistic practitioner or naturopath? Several hormones are produced by the adrenal glands, so an adrenal gland level of any number would not be consistent with normal values related to this type of testing. Obtaining medical information via the receptionist is analagous to responding to stock information via a newspaper ad. Reliability is short-sighted in both instances. I would ask you to please describe the symptoms which led you to your doctor for testing. From that standpoint, we can probably offer better direction or enlightenment. Realize that cortisol levels are extremely dynamic and are highest upon first awakening in the morning and lowest at night before retiring. Also, please offer any information relative to medications, ie steroids etc. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies Flag this Response
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