Adrenal fatigue is often hard to diagnose as blood tests don’t always show conclusive results. Learn 3 simple tests, which you can do in the privacy of your home that can tell you whether or not you are at risk for adrenal fatigue.
One of the biggest challenges facing those who suffer from any sort of adrenal overload is the fact that many in the medical community simply refuse to acknowledge the ailment as a legitimate condition. Often times, patients who consult with their physicians when they notice the first symptoms of this syndrome end up without any clear diagnosis.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that patients can attempt to self-diagnose their conditions. While these tests are not all one hundred percent proof positive that this ailment is present, they can be useful tools for those people who are unable to obtain any help from the medical profession. Most experts agree that there are three main home tests for adrenal fatigue:
1. THE PUPIL TEST
One of the most potent tests is also among the simplest. It involves testing the pupil’s response to light stimuli to see if it contracts normally. The test requires only a penlight, darkness, a timepiece, and either a mirror or a second person to monitor the pupil’s reaction. The process is simple. You simply sit down in a dark area and shine the light on your eye. Be sure to do it from an angle, rather than shining it directly on the pupil.
Normal pupil reaction involves the pupil contracting in response to the light. The pupil continues in that state for as long as the light is applied. If, however, the pupil starts to contract and then dilates again, it can be a sign that adrenal fatigue is present at either a moderate or more advanced stage. The one weakness in this test is that it usually is ineffective in discovering milder cases.
2. SERGENT’S WHITE LINE
Emile Sergent developed this test nearly a century ago, and it remains a useful tool for detecting adrenal fatigue. All you have to do is use the round end of a ballpoint to trace a six inch line across your stomach. For healthy people, that line starts out white but turns slightly red seconds after it is made. For adrenal fatigue sufferers, however, it will continue to be white for a couple minutes, and can expand in width.
While the test can miss some cases, when it test positive, it is always accurate.
3. BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK FOR ADRENAL FATIGUE
With the blood pressure test, all you need is a testing gauge of the sort that you can find at any drug store. Make sure you are properly hydrated and then lie down on the floor and remain there for ten minutes or so. Now measure your blood pressure, and then stand up. From the standing position, retake the blood pressure measurement and note any differences. Healthy adults will see their pressure rise slightly when they stand up like this. A drop in pressure can indicate the presence of the condition.
Experts recommend that you perform all three tests to get a better understanding of your condition and more accurately confirm the presence of the syndrome. If the tests indicate that you are likely suffering from adrenal fatigue, you then have the option of asking your doctor for a laboratory test to further confirm the self-diagnosis, or simply pursue your own course of therapy to begin to address the ailment.