Does anyone here either have or have experience with Adrenal Faigue?
I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue, Leaky Gut and Hypothyroid in Feb. this yr.
Have lots of food sesnativities and since cutting those out the IBS type symptoms have diminished almost completely. For 10 yrs I was under the impression I had Fibromyalgia, come to find that is not the case. Also that most of the time, those with Fibro. have these things I listed above.
Anyway, I am trying the raw lifestyle to heal these things. Changing my diet to whole foods, no sugar or processed foods helped tremendously, and am hoping raw can do even more.
I would love to hear any experiences you have had, any encouragement would be so great!
I have seen people post on here about that but I do not know if the threads were deleted. I am sorry but I am weary of searching for threads for people and then finding out that they are gone and I don't know why this would be. I have suffered adrenal problems, namely Cushing's disease and Addison's disease but this adrenal fatigue is something I don't quite understand. Hope a search is fruitful for you.
There are still quite a few threads that have this topic in them if you use the search bar. The first 2 that come up are dedicated to adrenal fatigue.
Last edited by luckitri; 08-19-2007 at 10:53 PM.
I have adrenal fatigue and am trying to work through it with raw foods.
What were/are your symptoms?
i have adrenal exhaustion as well. i developed multiple food allergies. the guy i am working with was surprised i am able to get out of bed in the morning with them basically not functioning. i attribute that to high raw food living. i am taking vitamins though and working on building my body up since raw alone for me was not taking care of it, now that could be also due to great marital stress (that is when i really noticed they crashed), 3 pregnancies in the last 6 years. nursing for 3 1/2 years of the last 6. my body has not had much time to recover. i am personally cutting out the night nursing for my daughter now as i was told that adrenals can not heal if you dont get proper rest at night. good luck to you. i do attribute my being able to do all i do to raw living. i really believe it helps!
Forgive my exhaustion - the first 2 threads were yours!
I know it is tedious going through all those old threads but I know that the majority of them have been deleted which is a real shame because there was some good help on those threads. This is a topic that comes up every few months on here and I really don't know about it because I had the Cushings and Addisons and they are a different type of adrenal problem.
I am actually waiting right now for blood test results including adrenal function... Will probably have results by Thursday.
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4forme, who made those diagnoses, and were they credible?
Wow, thanks for the replies, I haven't been on here in a few days because my computer wasn't working.
Luckitri- Yes, I actually posted this one twice as well and didn't realize it. I can understand that some of the same questions come up alot and it can get tedious. Thanks for replying anyway.
daisyduke- My symptoms were extreme fatigue, fibromyalgia, food intolerances, hypothyroid, heart palp and tachycardia during prenancy #4. Most of the other "minor" symptoms come under fibro, so won't bother to list them, as it seems endless.
arielle- I have been in a similar situation. Had 3 children in 4 yrs., husband traveling and in school as well. Multiple food sensativities undetected for yrs. Taking many, many pain killers for the fibro. pain. Many factors attributed to my getting sick. I have just had baby # 4, who is 9 mo. and still waking several times to nurse. I tried to get her to stop, and we got it down to once a night, which was do-able. But now she is teething, 3 teeth at once, and I can't make her go through that without some comfort. So, after these teeth are through we will work on night weaning again. So tired! Plus I homeschool 2 of my children. And my husband has just gotten back from a 2 week bussiness/school trip and will be on another 2 week trip next mo. Talk about stress! My Dr. tells me to sleep and not get stressed. Yeah right!
I am taking many supplements, and just informed my Dr I am going raw to help heal. Surprisingly he is supportive, only he wants me to eat fish twice a week. He was upset with me for not taking my thyroid meds. as he wants me to get better so he can take me off. I am very happy with this Dr., he seems to know what he's doing. He actually knows a Naturopath who went raw for healing. he stayed that way for 1 yr and felt much better, but started toi decline, so added a sm amt of cooked food back and it doing 100% better. It is also a bit harder being here because the variety of organic produce is limited, so I am unsure I will be able to get enough of the things I need. One day at a time though.
exerb- Yes, I believe my Dr. is credible, why do you ask? He did a blood test, my estrogen was a bit high, progesterone-rock bottom, testosterone-rock bottom, DHEA-rock bottom, T3 and T4 very low. Think that's it, would have to check. He also did a "Leaky Gut" test, this was unbeleiveable! With .1-.6 being normal, mine was 8.6! He said, worst he's ever seen.
I realize the saliva test is more conclusive and accurate but we can't do that here (in asia), they send all the tests to a lab in the states.
bunnybunny- Did you get your results yet?
i look forward to heaing some of the things you guys are able to do to bring you closer to health. I am so sick of being so tired all the time!
I have adrenal fatigue, I heard Maca would be great for this, so I plan to order some.
I don't know much about maca. Was just about to go look about it actually. Is it hard to find? Expensive?
Do you exercise to combat the fatigue? This is one of my biggest problems! I am losing so much muscle from no exercise because I am so tired!
Be careful who you get it from. We bought some from what we considered a reliable source and could see no difference from it at all.
I sure hope you get a break. Maybe cut back on some of what you expect of yourself?
It's best to be in bed by 10:00 every night I think between 11:00pm and 1:00am the adrenals start to rebuild themselves and if we tend to stay up to late we are not allowing this to happen.
Also you need to stay away from stressful situations if at all possible, I know we all will encounter stress even when we don't know it but whatever way we can avoid it woudl be great.
Before Raw my nautralpath gave me medicine that did help a great deal but I had to stop taking them. Since Going Raw I have had so much more energy and I've found that the earlier I go to bed the better I feel the next morning.
Do you have Low Cortisol or Hight Cortisol? I have Low Cortisol.
this is what i am doing and seem to be slowly recovering. it has been 1 1/2 months roughly since being diagnosed through saliva test and bloodwork.
brazil nut (for thyroid - guess it can not function without selenium which the brazil nut supplies LOTS of)
b6 - 2 times daily
b5 - 2 times daily
vit c timed released - 2 times daily
multivitamins - 2 times daily
greens first (mix of greens)
hemp protein powder
also taking cortisol
i think that is it. it is really helping. also meditating - trying daily. yoga. getting some sun and trying to night wean my daughter so i can get a full nights rest!!
i also cut back a little on the cardio workouts. they said weights and yoga and pilates are ok but cardio is stressful for the adrenals.
HTH! good luck!! :)
I don't know wether my cortisol is high or low, he tested it and said it was fine. But according to another website I was researching on, it was quite low for the morning levels. And that was bloodtest not saliva. I wish I could get a saliva test done, but cannot here.
Yes, I know getting to bed by 10 is best. It's so difficult when I am so tired all day then am wide awake after 9 or 10pm. Then not tired at all. Such is life with adrenal fatigue I guess, which is the cortisol levels being messed up.
Plus, my daughter who is 9mo. still wakes at all hours of the night to nurse. She is very strong and stubborn, and night weaning is a long process.
Ariella, you are taking cortisol? Is this from your DR.? It is safe for b'feeding? I had wondered about that.
I am taking:
Selenium and Vit. E
Adrenal Cortex (2/day)
Eltroxin for Thyroid
Thyrosil (herbal thyroid support) (2/day)
Bioidentical Progesterone cream
I have been taking these things for 5mo. and see very little improvement. Maybe it's becuase I don't get alot of sleep. Stressful situations make me exhausted as well, leading me to beleive my cortisol is low vs high, not being able to "fight" during stress.
So, you do exercise? Do you think that is helpful? It is so difficult to get out and exercise, as any free moment I have I am trying to sleep, or rest. With my sleep issues and my daughters lack of sleep/nursing, I only get about 6 hours of sleep by the time my other 3 children wake and I start school with them.
Thanks for all the advice. I know it will be a long road of recovery, it's just nice there are others who understand. My husband just doesn't get it sometimes.
My naturalopath had me taking.
MG Taurine Forte
And it did help, alot of my problems had gotten better but then after a month or 2 I could no longer take the medicine I started having problems with my throat.