Hi, I saw my new pituitary specialist on Friday who surprisingly offered me a Short Synathcen Test for suspected low cortisol.
I had a cortisol test recently and it was normal.
I have just realised that fasting for the test was not recommended, and I had had no coffee or food overnight.
Before my morning coffee I can barely function or even string a sentence together, dreadful headache- I have to drink it in bed. Before food I am woozy and clumsy. I felt really unwell.
I was also incredibly stressed with a high heart rate as I have a needle phobia, and became overwhelmed and tearful straight after the test (as usual).
So I am now wondering whether my normal result was skewed by the stress.
I am also seeing that stress affects the Short Synathcen Test too.
It seems like there may be other alternatives which include the Glucagon test, ACTH and the insulin stress test, or am I barking up wrong trees?
Do the NHS readily offer alternatives?