ADRENAL FATIGUE SOLUTIONMY STORY
Hello, I’d like to introduce myself.
I live in Colorado and would classify myself as a type A workaholic. I saw my health decline and woke up in a panic that would not go away… little did I know, this was the beginning of my journey and managing a thing called adrenal fatigue I had never heard of before. I want to preface this story by letting you know that I am in better health than I have ever been!
I wanted to write this story to connect with some of you out in the world who need help. Those who may have sought out Western medicine, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, GPs, and more and have had no luck. You are not crazy. Please read my story and know you are not alone, and even better, there is a way to better health that won’t take years and years as I’ve read on the other forums. If you have any feedback, please contact me through this contact form. I’d love to hear your story!
Disclaimer: This, of course, is my summary. I don’t claim to be a doctor, nor am I giving medical advice. I simply wish to tell my story as it happened to me so that others may learn, relate, and find their health once more. It is raw, true, and unbiased.
Before the Crash
I started a new job working around radiation producing equipment. I was a regular coffee drinker and consumer of alcohol, all with moderation. As I went through training at a new job, I would have moments of mental brain fog. Strong waves of fogginess or haze would come and go. It was scary at the time, but I did not think anything of it as I returned back to normal.
One night I went to sleep, and the next morning when I woke up, I knew something had happened. Like a light switch, I felt really weird. Almost like being on pain medication after a large surgery. I could not think straight. It was frightening. I went on with my day and tried to clear up, drink coffee, take a nap, and do anything I could to feel normal.
The next day was the same. Coffee did not help. I knew this was a serious issue.
I started doing research online for brain fog and other similar symptoms which led me to adrenal forums where others shared the same experience. Frantic, brain fog, growing fear, and anxiousness… To be honest, the forums did nothing but kill my hope and create more fear. Many complained that they have had brain fog for 60+ years. Some said it never goes away. I was deflated.
This was, however, not as bad as how the doctors I saw made me feel. Some said it was MS, brain cancer, bipolar disorder, depression, and more. I felt that they were throwing darts at a board trying to guess. This along with my ridiculous self-diagnosis did nothing but hurt my state of mind. As I would learn later, stress is one of the worst things for adrenal issues next to caffeine; I was drowning in both. With all of the fear and growing loss of mental clarity, I had my significant other take me to the ER.
“Quick Encouragement Break: If you are reading this, please relax and smile. I am 110% better than I was before I had Adrenal issues. There is not only hope that you will get better,
Seeking Answers From Doctors of Every Kind
Work became more difficult, to say the least. Two weeks in, I finally got scheduled with a general practitioner who took basic blood tests, gave me a physical, and did a standard evaluation. He told me I was fine, nothing was wrong, and that my heart rate was a little low. I ended up doing more research on how your adrenals impact hormone production, specifically cortisol production which is responsible for almost everything that makes you “feel normal”.
Here is a short snippet from hormone.org,
“Because most bodily cells have cortisol receptors, it affects many different functions in the body. Cortisol can
It turns out, my GP was not cut out for this type of testing. I had to beg for a referral to an endocrinologist. Since this was now a “specialized” practice, I had to wait two more weeks for an appointment. In the interim, I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist, underwent an EEG, as well as an MRI; both tests came back normal. My neurologist said it was most likely bipolar disorder. I tried to reason with his diagnosis as I have literally felt normal my entire life before this incident. It was not effective. I quickly concluded from my experience that Western medicine taught most of the doctors I saw to label an unknown problem with a guess-diagnosis and throw medication at it. Knowing what I know now, this would have been putting a band-aid on a broken leg with the added bonus of feeling like a zombie. Please do research on naturopathic remedies and adrenal fatigue when deciding to start taking hormone replacements, SSRIs, or any other type of pharmaceuticals. Most doctors will not acknowledge adrenal fatigue as a condition.
Fortunately, one of my doctors did… the endocrinologist. She was nice, caring, and respectful of my condition and the way I was feeling. She interpreted my fear and symptoms after taking a short questionnaire. This test had me
“Quick Encouragement Break: Regarding the endocrinologist test, I would recommend taking a test like this if you can relate to my story as it will serve as a health diary you will be able to look back at and smile as you realize the symptoms you once recorded have disappeared! I will cover this later in my story…”
She conducted a stress response test as well as a hormonal analysis. Oddly, my adrenals seemed to spurt out cortisol, although low-levels, within the range of a person without an adrenal disease. This surprised me until I learned that my T and DHEA hormone production was extremely low, as well as my libido and overall excitement to be awake. The adrenals play a role in the production of these hormones as well. She asked me to come back in two weeks.
Naturopathic Doctor and Cortisol Response Testing
While waiting for in-between appointments, I went to church. This is not a pitch for going to church, but it did help me calm down, gain perspective, and feel less helpless. Praying helped as well. At church, I met a chiropractor who invited me to his office. I explained my issues and very bluntly communicated my fear that this would never get better. He was the first to clearly teach me about adrenal fatigue. This was honestly the first time I had learned about the full scope of what the adrenals are responsible for managing and producing in the body. He sent me home with a cortisol response test which was fairly easy to do on my own. It was a saliva-based test that I completed in one day, then mailed it in. This took 2 weeks to be returned.
When it came back, the chiropractor had me come in to review the results. Like the endocrinologist had seen, DHEA had dropped tremendously, and my cortisol was almost flatlined. My circadian rhythm was almost non-existent. I learned there are supposed to spike in cortisol, specifically, peaking in the morning, and then it is supposed to slowly decay throughout the day. This now explained my low hormonal levels, low libido, my brain fog, and all other concerns. My body was broken. My body had forced me to recognize my condition and would no longer agree to function in high-stress mode.
Since two weeks had passed, it was time to go back to the endocrinologist. I brought my tests in from the chiropractor and let her analyze them. To my surprise, she immediately agreed I had adrenal fatigue. If you get this news, I want you to know it is both good and bad news. It’s good because you do not yet have Addison’s diseases (adrenal failure). It was bad because Western medicine does not warrant cortisol prescriptions or other hormonal supplication for adrenal fatigue, only for complete failure. Basically, I was too sick to feel normal, but not sick enough to get a “quick fix” prescription. My journey continues.
“Quick Encouragement Break: I wouldn’t be telling the whole story if I did not mention my state of mind. Throughout this entire journey, I was a very angry and irritable person. I (by the grace of God) had my significant other and family by my side through the whole journey. I don’t know how they put up with me, but they did. At risk of sounding like a hippie, Love will help you on this journey so much more than you know. I’m hoping my story helps you shorten your journey. If I had read this when I was sick, it would have saved me 1,000+ hours of research, fear, doctor bills, and more. If I can help at least one person find the answer without going through the journey I did, this entire project is worth it! I am writing this
Mental Clarity and Education
My naturopathic doctor proceeded to educate me on the toxins in the world, the importance of eating healthy foods, lifestyle changes, eliminating caffeine which seemed dreadful considering I was already tired all the time, and the importance of meditation and prayer. I was told, pending on the stage of adrenal fatigue I was in, that it could take 3,6, or even 12+ months to heal. Although I was happy to hear I could heal from this, it was poor news for me given the amount of patience I would have to have. To be honest, I tried these things and applied them daily, but I am a quick fix person. I have a life to live, right? I did research, more research, and more research. I was obsessed. I became an expert in all things adrenal fatigue. I also became a hypochondriac and soon only focused on the way I felt. This was not healthy. I ended up learning more about smart drugs and nootropics.
This would be my first path to start getting better…
Disclaimer: this is my personal story and I am not providing medical advice or officially recommending you follow my advice. I am not advocating drug use of any kind.
Now that is clear, I went back to my neurologist. I asked for Modafinil as I was now not sleeping, nor was I awake. My sleep patterns were upside down, and my life felt the same. I learned that Modafinil is used to treat many types of bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and more. The DOD held the patient and the drug was originally used for fighter pilots. I also learned that the drug was classified as a “neuron exciter” and “smart drug” used by Wall Street folks. This is important because drugs like adrenal and others used to treat ADHD are stimulants, basically legal amphetamines; nothing will blow our your adrenals quicker than those drugs. I was prescribed these when I was a child, and often wonder if that played a role in these issues years later. He wrote me a prescription. I cut the pills in quarters to make them last longer. This was not a cheap temporary fix, especially without insurance. This was still the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken arm. This band-aid made me forget about the broken arm. I could now live a normal life and felt like I could finally
Now that I could think straight, I wanted to heal. Thinking straight and feeling awake was one of the biggest motivators for me to keep going strong and find a solution to this problem. What a relief it was to finally have mental clarity.
“Quick Encouragement Break: Did I mention this journey was 3 years long? It was. 3 years of hell, confusion, and doctors telling me “you are fine”. Your journey will not be a fraction mine since you can read my journey and skip a few years of research and self-discovery. Lucky you! The best part is yet to come…
I continued my journey and studies. I slowly learned about the importance of mineral absorption, how creating a vitamin-rich environment for your body and getting plenty of sleep accelerates healing. I also learned that when I was feeling foggy, food helped. As I did more research on supplements to help adrenal issues, I learn about naturopathic remedies like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Tribulus and more. I took these herbs but did not feel very different. I dug deeper. I eventually found a company called Quicksilver Scientific. They sold Quinton water and liposomal delivery supplements that would allow my body to take in as much as humanly possible short amount of time with a quick squirt taken orally. Quinton supported my adrenals with massive amounts of minerals I could not get in most foods, CBD and Gaba with L-Theanine helped me sleep like a baby without the 3 am panic interruptions, CBD also helped quickly curb my stress response (do research here at liposomal-CBD.com), I also learned that the supplements I was taking reduced inflammation and created a natural balance in my body again.
Today, I feel better now than before my adrenal issues. I feel like I was on a roller coaster that took me from okay health, too bad health, to better than where I was. I am not here to sell these products to you. I am here to tell you my raw unfiltered story in hopes that it will help you on your journey.
Thank you for reading and above all else, keep your faith and hope! I cannot legally say you WILL get better (but I want to). You’ve got this. Read this story as many times as you need to so you believe it. Stop focusing on the way you feel and fill your mind with knowledge, your body with vitamins and minerals, your heart with hope, and your time with people who love you. You can do this. You will come out of this stronger than you have ever been in your life, and perhaps use your story to help others as well!
Be strong. You are not alone.
– James from Denver, Colorado
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