Has anyone had a bad reaction to the ACTH stimulation test? I need to have it done and I have trypanophobia (fear of injections) amongst a slew of other phobias. I think my endocrinologist uses 250mcg of cosyntropin.
Sorry that you experienced that. I'm not sure what would've caused the fainting. Had you been diagnosed with AI or Addison's prior to the test?
I forgot to mention my results:
Time ACTH Cortisol
0 min 16.4 4.4
30 mins 20.8
60 mins 24.1
My endocrinologist did not give me a diagnosis of Addison's because I reacted to the cosyntropin, but I was told by someone in a group that I belong to, that I failed the test before I started it. My baseline cortisol was very low and after the injection I produced what a normal healthy person produces before the injection.
You were below range - but your adrenals did react to the *stress* of the agent so technically, you are ok.
If though you have low sodium readings and consistent low cortisol readings, I hope the doc keeps an eye on you - as this may change in the future... that can happen (or like me, I was always low in the morning and high at night - I had the opposite disease!).
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