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Test bloods for serotonin, dopamine etc?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by fibrodude84, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. fibrodude84

    fibrodude84 Senior Member

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    Has anyone had a blood test to measure serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine etc? I don't know if they exist, are reliable or not but I'm wondering if this may be a deficiency in CFS that we can help with the right dosage in anti-depressant whether we are depressed or not?
     
  2. A.B.

    A.B. Senior Member

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    These tests are not useful to determine the right dosage or type of antidepressant.

    In my opinion, if you're mildly depressed try some 5-htp before an antidepressant. 5-htp has a more beneficial side effect profile. If the depression is serious you should see a professional.
     
  3. fibrodude84

    fibrodude84 Senior Member

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    I'm on antidepressant but no psych ever checked for this and I know some of these can play a significant role in fatigue.
     
  4. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

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    I've had a 24 hour urine test to measure epinephrine/norepinephrine/dopamine levels. My epinephrine levels were nil and norepinephrine levels were bordering on low.

    HDRI has a catecholamine in platelets blood test that looks interesting. It's $365 though if you want the full panel (epinephrine/norepinephrine/dopamine/serotonin/histamine/acetylcholine), or $85 for each individual analyte.
     
  5. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Unfortunately, the amount of seretonine, dopamine in your blood and urine does not necessari.ly correlate with what is happening in your brain. It's not the amount that makes a difference but how efficiently your brain's ability to access the seretonine in your brain.

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    http://www.webmd.com/depression/how-different-antidepressants-work

    There are so many things we don't know about the brain. Some say space will be the new frontier of knowledge but sometimes I wonder if it is the brain.

    It's a fascinating subject.

    Barb
     
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    Valentijn Senior Member

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    I've had them tested once via urine and twice via blood platelets. My norepinephrine was low in each test, and taking an NRI helped with my OI problems. I don't have any issues with depression.
     
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