1) Serum progesterone and estradiol P+3, +5, +7, +9, +11: I thought my luteal phase was fine but I have many days of spotting before my period actually starts so I wasn't charting it correctly and it had to go in the post-peak phase not pre-peak.
2) Thyroid: Free T3 and T4, Total T3 and T4, rT3 and TSH
3) AM Serum Cortisol
4) Vitamin D3
Dr. LaSalle who I saw a few weeks ago (she's not Napro, she's an MD with a background in endocrinology and integrative medicine) ordered some similar tests so now I'm trying to figure out what next steps to take. I'm definitely doing all of the above tests. I'm not so sure about Dr. LaSalle's. My main question is about the cortisol. Dr. LaSalle ordered a saliva test taken 4 times a day. I've done that one twice before. My main questions are:
Which is a better test: saliva or blood? If you think saliva, what lab would you recommend?
The two in the past were done by Diagnostecs and this one is ZRT. I'm asking because I know a doctor in town that does the adrenals with Diagnostecs and I could just go to her instead of driving 4 hours to Dr. LaSalle.
Dr. LaSalle also ordered allergy testing for basically everything. I'm pretty sure it's RAST testing. NaPro doc said she wouldn't order it- I had to go to primary doc for that. Again, I'm thinking my in town doctor can do the RAST test. My question about allergy testing is:
Are there different ways to test for allergies from a blood test? If so, which test would you recommend.
It seems from Dr. Google that there is only one type of blood test for allergies which is RAST. But, you know Dr. Google....you guys know lots more!!!!!
There is a part of me that feels so selfish for going through all of this. I don't have any huge medical problems. Fatigue and infertility are my main problems. There was this little voice inside my head yesterday telling me that it's not that bad. That I shouldn't be there talking about myself for 2 hours, spending tons of my family's money and resources on this 'invisible' problem. I keep giving it to God every time I think of it. He keeps reminding me that this is not selfish, it's another way I can give to my family by being healthy and hopefully adding a new life along the way.
Thanks to you all for being there, for reminding me I'm not alone and for sharing your journey. God Bless!