My DD(16) is scheduled to have it tomorrow. She has been online this a.m. and just came out saying uh-uh, no way, she's read all these horror stories about it and she's not having it done (of course it's scheduled for 8 a.m.!).
My feeling is that generally the negative is wildly overrepresented online. The test was almost represented by the endocrinologist as not urgent.
Let me throw the whole story out there: the situation that drove us to the endocrinologist was blood work that showed all her hormone stuff in the normal range, except her DHEA was really high...like 896 (if I remember correctly, the normal range topped around 400, =/-50). When the endocrinologist ordered labs, she ordered DHEA-S (a different thing), and it came back normal. However, the question remained, 'why the greatly elevated DHEA?'
DD has been going to doctors all summer...gyno, endo, ortho, rheumatologist...symptoms of joint pain and fatigue on top of longer-standing depression and anxiety.
I'd be worried about her generally, but I'm concerned about her senior year of HS (she's taking rigorous courses and is hellbent on going to a top-tier school), her college aspirations, career aspirations, etc. Currently most worried about what to expect with the ACTH stim test...any reassuring words?
Thanks in advance, and thanks for reading through all this!