Addressing Adrenal Gland Fatigue Helped Me

I'm never sick I have not even had the flu in 20 plus years, however I became very ill a year ago, I went to 7 doctors and checked into the emergency room 3 times to be told I needed anti depressants. I could not move, eat, I became allergic to medications, foods; I had severe vaginal dryness, Brain fog, memory loss.

I got to the point that I did not care if I lived. The Doctors ran every test you can imagine and found nothing. I have always been a person who thrived on Stress. This was after a period in my life that I had been bombarded with Stress.

I did not want to leave the house. I was finally sent to a doctor due to finding high levels of inflammation in my body; he is the top Rheumatologist/Internist in town. He found extremely low Vitamin D Level and gave me prednisone.

It seemed to be a mystery to him as well. I finally started to pull out of the condition but still feel tired all the time. I ran into my childhood friend that is a retired nurse and she told me about Adrenal Gland Fatigue. I started to read about it and I’m convinced that this is what happened to me.

I have been taking supplements every day for about 3 weeks and I’m starting to feel stronger every day.

Why is this not recognized by doctors and hospitals? Is there anything else I can do to improve my health? I never want to go through that again, believe me I had never felt so bad in my life.

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Glad you figured it out..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I'm so glad that you figured this out before you ended up with thyroid problems and before you got

diagnosed with some nonsensical diagnosis that doctors don't do anything about like Symptoms of Fibromyalgia or 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'- which has a HUGE component of Adrenal Gland Fatigue!!

Why doctors don't recognize this is a mystery to me. The past few years doctors have begun doing a 'Cortisol Stimulation Test' for people with severe sepsis who are in the intensive care unit. When they are practically comatose and on death's door, they will check their cortisol level. If it's low, then they will support them with injectable cortisol while they are in the ICU AND they have super low blood pressure.

But doctors must believe that somehow the adrenal glands magically start working at their optimal level as soon as the person can manage to keep up their own blood pressure.

So, their theory is: If you have a blood pressure, then your adrenals must be working OK!!

While shortsighted and incorrect, they persist in this belief that is hurting people like you.

So, keeping from having that happen again. While taking supplements is great, and reducing stress is great, what have you done to change what got you into this situation in the first place- because it's MORE than just stress.

For one thing, your low vitamin d level makes me believe that you are probably not getting enough exercise.

This IS a generalization and if you are going to the gym and working out 5 days a week- then ignore this. But if the 'not enough exercise' resonates with you, then that would be something that you can work on.

DIET: Nearly without fail, EVERY one of my clients tells me that they eat 'Good'. But unless you are eating less than 5% processed food, virtually no sugar, are eating only grass fed or wild animal products and are eating fresh vegetables at least 2 meals per day- then it's likely that you could use some improvement in that area.

So, my recommendation? Take a look at The Healthy Urban Kitchen to maximize your nutrition and start REALLY eating right!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

by: Kathie

I found it very interesting, and if I am reading your reply right, Adrenal Gland Fatigue could be the cause of thyroid problems?


ANSWER: YES!! Adrenal Fatigue can be the cause of many thyroid problems. See my page on Pregnenolone Steal to see the mechanism by which this happens)


I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, instead of being high in the a.m. then low in the p.m. my levels went in a "Z" pattern and was given Isocort by my ND. Isocort made me very jittery so Doc told me to stop taking it. Could this have stopped my thyroid from going bonkers?

I am glad to hear you are doing so well, please post and let us know how you're doing.

adrenal gland and A F
by: Anonymous

A year ago my husband had arrhythmia.He was tested with ecg,holter,cardiac stress test and everything was good.His potassium level was a bit low. the dr said.After 3 months he had another episode of A F.

DR sent him for city scan of adrenal glands and it came normal.dr said his adrenal glands are over active and are taking away his potassium.on 25 oct his potassium was4.32and on 2 nov.was he is on slow k;aldactone;aspirin;and tambacor.Could it be adrenal gland fatigue that is causing AF?He is worried that he might have a heart attack.

Professor suggested I was depressed
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I have found your website! I was recently given the synacthan test for low cortisol levels.

Firstly, I explained in detail all the symptoms I'd been experiencing to my doc, thinking it was an underactive thyroid, gaining some weight despite having previously maintained for 2 years on a low carb diet which I still maintain, my bloods all came back normal apart from very low cortisol level 176 nmol/L. So suggested I have them done again a month later. Again, bloods good, cortisol level slightly better at 253 nmol/L. Doc asked if I was depressed and suggested medication which I refused point blank, asking to see an endocrynologist instead, who did the synacthen test (at 2pm - I thought it should be done early morning??), results came back
0 = 121.6
30 = 503.5
60 = 616.7
He said my results were normal, but when I asked him why I was constantly tired - sleeping 2-3 hours in the afternoon as well as usual night time sleep and my hair falling out, expanding waistline and very down - he suggested I was depressed and should lose weight and I would feel better!!
I am 168cm high and 76kg certainly not obese, cholesterol 4.6, Vit D spot on.
I am not going back to see him again and am trying to get back on track with plenty of rest and sticking to my low carb, no sugar diet. I have started using magnesium too and think it might be helping me.
If you could shed any light on the synacthen test and a solution to my hair loss I would be so grateful. Thanks for such an informative site!

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