Do you have symptoms indicating you have adrenal fatigue? Insomnia, afternoon fatigue, all day fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, multiple allergies, chronic upper back pain… you can find longer list of symptoms in What is Adrenal Fatigue article
In addition to checking your symptoms, you can easily perform these tests at home.
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1. Check Your Blood Pressure
A postural low blood pressure (postural hypotension) can indicate that you have adrenal fatigue. This is an easy test you can perform at home. All you need is a blood pressure monitor. I have had a Life Source blood pressure monitor for over a decade and it still works like a charm.
Make sure you are well hydrated. Lie down for 5-10 minutes. Don’t read, move around or anything, just rest. Measure your blood pressure while lying down. (You may want to have the cuff already in place when you lie down so you don’t need to move around to put it on. Or have someone else to check you pressure.)
Stand up and measure the blood pressure again right away. Normally, the blood pressure would go up or at least stay the same. If it goes down, you could have adrenal fatigue. The more it drops the more advanced your adrenal exhaustion.
This was the first test my naturopathic MD did on me.
2. Perform Iris Contraction Test
Dr. Arroyo discovered that weak iris contraction indicates adrenal exhaustion.
You need a small flashlight, a mirror and a watch. And a dark room.
Sit (or stand) in a dark room in front of a mirror. Hold a flashlight on the side of your head. Shine the light across one eye. (Do not shine it directly in the eye.) Look in the mirror with the other. You will see the pupil contract.
If it stays contracted when exposed to light. Excellent. But if it does not hold its contraction and dilates (even though light is still shining across) you might have adrenal fatigue.
If you have weak adrenals the iris could also go back and forth from contracted to dilated. The longer it stays dilated the more advanced your fatigue. In mild adrenal fatigue the iris might not be effected.
One way to keep eye on your recovery progress is to perform this test on a regular basis and record how your iris reacts.
3. Do the Sergent’s White Line Test
This test is named after Dr. Sergent. It is a simple test you can do at home. You only need a dull thing like a spoon, ball point pen (or your finger). Draw (stroke, light scratch) a line across your abdomen.
Normally, the mark is white at first and then reddens in matter of seconds. If the line stays white for a couple of minutes, you very likely have adrenal fatigue.
I have read that this test shows positive results for about 40% of adrenal fatigue patients. So getting a red line does not necessarily rule out adrenal fatigue.
4. Do the Saliva Cortisol Test
With this one you need a saliva cortisol test. It gives you a good picture of your cortisol levels and how they vary during the day. Saliva test shows your body’s active cortisol level.
I posted a graph of one of my results in My Adrenal Fatigue Story.
If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue, look for a doctor who knows about treating it. I recovered from a severe (bedridden most of the day) adrenal fatigue by following this Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Plan.