I have Adrenal Fatigue – Who Knew?

The last couple of years as you all know we have been going through Fertility treatments. I have also been going to the Chiropractor for awhile now and it has been really great. I have noticed changes in my body in many different aspects! I love it! 2016-05-03 22.01.50

So last night I went into to my normal Chiro appointment and there was a sign up on their board that gave off a bunch of symptoms and said ‘if you have these let’s test your adrenals’

Most of the symptoms that were listed I had…so I felt compelled to check it out. I mean you never know right? So I went in and they did this Postural Low Blood Pressure test…sure enough my adrenals aren’t working. She said I was burned out basically. Adrenal Fatigue. At first I was kind of shocked and also like ‘what the hell is Adrenal Fatigue?? Amirite?! haha

Then it then dawned on me…now I get why I have been feeling the way I do!  For the past about 3-4 years I have not been ME. I have had just problems, depression, weight gain, constant feeling of tired and so on.  I found out that I have been dealing with a lot of emotional stress, so much so that it affected my adrenal glands. They then got burned out.  Well adrenal glands are very important to your health! I actually didn’t know anything about what they were until last night! ha ha! Well they are vital to your wellbeing. They play a HUGE important role in producing hormones that we really need! (Especially during times of stress)

So to give you a very much summarized portion of what Adrenal Glands do here it is…They produce DHEA & other sex hormones, cortisol (controls sleep/waking cycle, suppress inflammation, help generate energy from non-carb foods). Now all of those are produced within the ‘Cortex’ of the Adrenal Gland. Inside the Cortex is the Medulla and that helps manage our response to stress. It secretes Stress Hormones basically and helps us stay alive under moments of trauma and danger. It also helps slow down our digestion, increase awareness and divert blood flow to important areas in your body like our brain and muscles. So needless to say..your Adrenal Glands are SUPER important for your body!

(Info from http://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/)

Moving on…it was time to take action! The Chiro recommended I take a supplement for the next month and then we test again to see how my levels are looking. It consists of Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc and a Proprietary Blend. It is this chewable supplement that totally reminds me of Flinstone Chewables! Ha ha Remember those?

As I got home from the Chiro…I started to wonder what were all the symptoms to Adrenal Fatigue? I ended up finding this amazing website: https://www.drlam.com/blog/75-signs-adrenal-fatigue-syndrome/1970/

This shows a bunch of signs you get when you have it…let me just jump into this. Below are the symptoms Dr. Lam tells us for Adrenal Fatigue..I seriously was SHOCKED at how many I had…

  1. Unable to fall asleep despite being tired – YUP!
  2. Wake up in the middle of the night for no reason – YUP!
  3. Heart palpitations at night or when stressed – YUP!
  4. Low Blood pressure consistently
  5. Low libido and lack of sex drive – YUP!
  6. Low thyroid function, often despite thyroid medications
  7. Feeling of hypoglycemia though laboratory values are normal
  8. Depression, often unresolved after anti-depressant – YUP!
  9. Endometriosis
  10. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  11. Uterine fibroids
  12. Fibrocystic breast disease
  13. Hair falling off for no reason – YUP!
  14. Irritable under stress – YUP!
  15. Anxiety – YUP!
  16. Panic attacks – YUP!
  17. Feeling “wired” and unable to relax – YUP!
  18. Feeling of adrenaline rushes in the body – YUP!
  19. Fogging thinking – YUP!
  20. Inability to handle stress – YUP!
  21. Waking up feeling tired in the morning after night’s sleep
  22. Feeling tired in the afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 pm
  23. Inability to take in simple carbohydrate
  24. Coffee needed to get going in the morning and throughout the day – YUP!
  25. Coffee, tea or energy drinks triggering adrenaline rush and adrenal crashes – YUP!
  26. Feeling tired between 9:00 and 10:00 PM, but resists going to bed – YUP!
  27. Craving for fatty food and food high in protein – YUP!
  28. Craving for salty food such as potato chips – YUP!
  29. Dry skin more than usual – YUP!
  30. Unexplained hair loss that is diffuse
  31. Exercise helps first, but then makes fatigue worse – YUP!
  32. Chemical sensitivities to paint, fingernail polish, plastics
  33. Electromagnetic force sensitivity, including cell phone and computer monitors
  34. Delay food sensitivity, especially to diary and gluten – YUP!
  35. Unable to get pregnant, requiring IVF – YUP!
  36. Post partum fatigue and depression
  37. Recurrent miscarriages during first trimester
  38. Abdominal fat accumulation for no apparent reason – YUP!
  39. Temperature intolerance, especially to heat or sunlight
  40. Dysmenorrhea advancing to amenorrhea
  41. Premature Menopause
  42. Constipation for no apparent reason – YUP!
  43. Joint pain of unknown origin – YUP!
  44. Muscle mass loss
  45. Muscle pain of unknown reason – YUP!
  46. Cold hands and feet – YUP!
  47. Premature aging skin
  48. Inability to concentrate or focus
  49. Psoriasis of no known reason
  50. Gastritis despite normal gastroscopy
  51. Low back pain with no history of trauma and normal examination – YUP!
  52. Dizziness for no known cause – YUP!
  53. Fructose mal-absorption
  54. Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) chronically
  55. Numbness and tingling in extremities bilaterally
  56. Mouth sores recurrent
  57. Short of breath even though breathing is fine
  58. Ovarian cyst
  59. Breast cancer associated with estrogen dominance
  60. Grave’s disease
  61. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  62. Legs that feel heavy at times
  63. Dark Circle under eyes that does not go away with rest
  64. Loss of healthy facial skin tone color
  65. Body feel tense all over and unable to relax
  66. Postural orthostatic tachycardia
  67. Irritable Bowl Syndrome, with more constipation then diarrhea – YUP!
  68. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome unimproved with medicine
  69. Fibromyalgia unresolved after conventional help
  70. Systemic Candida that gets worse when under stress
  71. Electrolyte imbalance despite normal laboratory values
  72. Irregular Menstrual Cycle that “stops and go”
  73. Lyme Disease but unable to fully recover after medication or intolerance to drugs
  74. H Pylori Infection in the past and was told resolved but never feel the same since
  75. Heavy metal and mineral toxicity may mimic Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

I was SHOCKED needless to say! As i looked more into I found what the #1 Cause is. EMOTIONAL STRESS. Well we all know I have been trying for a baby for about 3 years which is cause for tons of emotional stress. On top of that I have been dealing with some other issues within my life. It all came swooping at me. . .

So where do I go from here? Well time to get rid of that stress! Time to really take a hold of my life and focus.  I have been for so long getting stressed out about everything and really unable to really handle the stress itself.

There are 2015-11-16 20.53.39many things that I can do to get my adrenals back in working order..

  1. Supplements (already doing this – started today!)
  2. Be Cautious of Working Out – Don’t Overdo It!
  3. HYDRATE
  4. Eat Less Sugar – Eat Clean
  5. Meditate
  6. Yoga

It is so interesting…This past year I have had a tough time sticking with any program, basically getting burnt out. I didn’t understand why but it all makes sense. My body was trying to tell me something. I just need a little extra vitamins, some meditation and breathing to help get me back to 100%. I plan to keep on with my Shakeology and I will still be doing my Piyo workout as they mentioned Yoga was really good for this! Woo! Just have to get on track and things will be better!

Who else has this? How did you deal with it? I would love to hear about what you went through!

2 Comments on “I have Adrenal Fatigue – Who Knew?

  1. Wow so proud of you and happy you are on the road to recovery. I myself think I have a pinched nerver. I am in constant pain at work from my back, groin area, and feet. I finally found the slip from my doctor to get a blood twst and finish my physical. Im going to do that and then see about getting an MRI. I am trying to get out of Disney but lose all my energy due to the pain and I have been under a lot of emotinal stress as well. I think parr of my depressio is also that I dont have enough time with friends especially you and Sylvia. Love you sweetie. I wish I could be there for you but k iw I am thinking about you all the time.

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