I first wrote the main body of this blog as a comment, earlier today, then thought it might be more appropriate as a blog.
Over many years I have begged my GP for such tests, to no avail.
I have been long convinced that adrenal function is closely linked to thyroid levels but I have never been in the situation where I could act on proving this. I have no medical qualification, just a knowlege of how my body reacts to situations, and some ability to read and study those medical articles available on the internet.
I have often thought of having such tests done privately but when you are in the situation of having only enough energy to survive, of knowing which tasks are musts, then adding the task of organising another blood test to the mix which is such a simple task for 'normals' becomes too much.
Yesterday, my daughter asked me to make an appointment for her with her doctor. Her reasons for seeing him were very important. But when it came to arranging which day. Well! Other chores related to family which should be much lower on her list of priorities, but were 'must do s' for her, made it virtually impossible.
Anyway, I believe that all the hormones are connected, like gear wheels. Each responds to the levels of the others. There is an ebb and flow in each one related to the state of the body at any given time. When one of the hormones is fixed artificially, it no longer 'ebbs and flows', the other hormones react accordingly.
Daily life for my daughter, is made up of repeatedly having to use energy she hasn't got, then crashing. It used to be for me, and still is when I have to do too much. A prime example is over the T3 shortage: too many phone calls, too many visits and jumping on buses. I couldn't do anything for days after.
I must admit my main aim is to secure more help for my daughter, so apart from not knowing how to access an adrenal function test privately, help here please, I do wonder if there is an optimal time when to have the test within the cycle of energy expenditure-crashing-burning. Any thoughts?