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Welcome to healing well.
Reading your tests and your story, almost makes me feel like I'm looking into a mirror. I too don't have sore throats, headaches. The only pains I have is a stiff neck, that seems to always be there. It worse in the morning, and get's better throughout the day. My fatigue is just like you described. I wake, and after about twenty minutes, I feel like my eyes become heavy, and I crash. I stay like this the rest of the day. I too use to be extremely healthy. Eating 6 meals a day, working out every day. However, just like you, I was EXTREMELY stressed!!!!
I'm coming along alright. My illness (adrenal fatigue) is a long process that has up's and downs. It can take a while for people to recover from this, however step on in recovery for me was finally seeing that it's not in my head, that it's not depression, that something truely is going on in my body.
My suggestion to you, is to pickup Dr. Wilson's book "Adrenal Fatigue... the 21st century stress" and also look into getting a saliva test done. It's $150, but it's pricessless when you truely know that's going on. Here is the link for the adrenal test kit....http://www.salivatest.com/Page.aspx?nid=12&action=view&category=2
You want the kit that does 5 tests. 4 saliva tests (morning, noon, evening and before bed) and one DHEA-S test.
I had mine rushed shipped, so I could do it right away. The tests came back in 2 weeks and were very detailed. They had a complete write up from a doctors on what they found on your test. I broke down in tears with happieness once I saw my results. If you would like to see my post with the results, look at my post called "Finally"
Please keep me up to data as much as you can, and provide me with as much detail as possible. I'm on here daily (almost all day long), just have been busy the past 2 weeks and haven't had much time to reply.
God.. you sound just like me. I wish for so long that it was something bad, so people would stop making fun of me, and understand my pain. For so long, I just wanted to be understood. Now, granted, this start 1 year ago for me, but go worse because my diet really sucked. I was having so many bad cravings for sugar and carbs, it was crazy. Do you have these cravings? Like really bad sweet cravings, or really bad salt cravings?
How's your diet? I cannot stress enough, and you'll read about this in Dr. Wilson book how important this is.
Your recover will be based on these things
-Diet- (no sugar, caffeine, white flour products) Whole foods (veggies, proteins, fats, and complex carbs... brown rice, whole wheat bread, and oats).
-Supplements- Vitamins and minierals, as well as some adrenal stuff to help you out.
-Gentel exercise- I walk for 2-3 miles every morning, even if I feel like complete crap.
-Sleep/rest/relaxation- Get plently of sleep. They say you should be in bed before 10, and sleep til 9 if possible (yeah... did this guy work???? ;-) ) Rest as much as possible. Don't over do yourself. Try to do something relaxing. Enjoy yourself.
-Good state of mind- Even though this sucks, you have to remember to remain positive. Stress comes in all forms. Stressing about getting better can make you worse.
Remember, this is a long road. If you truely do suffer form adrenal fatigue, you will need to know, this won't happen over night, and will probably take alittle over a year to feel fully recovered, depending on your severity.
Remember, we're here for you. We know what's it's like to be fatigued. When I first came here, HippiMom2 was a great friend (Still is ) I don't know what I would have done without someone to talk to or vent to. My Wife is great, and she too has some health issue, but doesn't feel the way I feel. It helps when you can relate to others. It helps when you're not alone. You're not crazy, and the doctors are!
Well, I feel over all week. Like picking up a 10lb weight and carrying would feel like 100lbs. I also feel tired around my eyes. If I push myself too much, I get bags around my eyes (red), turn pale, and break out into cold sweats.
I too have cold hands every once in a while. I haven't been able to link it to anything. I'm usually a warm/ hot person. I also sweat very heavily. I use to have bad night sweats, but they have seem to gone away. No matter what climate I'm in, my under arms are always wet, to the point you can see it through my shirt. I've always been like this, but it's gotten worse over the past year. When I sweat, I really sweat.
My other symptoms are a stiff neck. It seems to be getting better, but is always stiffer in the mornings. I also have swollen nodes under my jaw line. They have been gone for the past 3 weeks. I'm taking this as a sign that my immune system is getting stronger, because I haven't gotten a cold or sick after working out, or doing yard work...like I have in the past.
But just because you have more or less symptoms than I do doesn't mean we both don't have the same thing. Stress can effect people in different way. When this first started for me, I could feel my neck starting to hurt. I thought it was from doing heavy squats with barbells, but it never got better after the muscle soreness went away. It got worse as the months came, and I came to realize this was a symptom. The same with my fatigue. It started with me feeling more and more tired throughout the weeks. I thought I had Mono and was awaiting my resutls when while I was on vacation. While in Florida for 4 days, The last day I started to feel better. For the next 5 days, I was myself again. I had my energy back, and my strenght. I couldn't explain it. That further proved that this was/is stress.
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A friend's wife gave me a copy of some pages from a medical book that talked about what nutrients and herbs to take for assisting adrenal recovery - so not strictly adrenal fatigue, but simply strengthening the adrenal glands. The following items were in it, some of I was already taking, some I'm now considering after I check some more.
For nutrients, it said the essential items were a B complex (100mg of each major B twice daily) and vitamin C (4,000-6,000mg daily in divided doses).
Items marked very important were Coenzyme A (which I've never heard of) and L-Tyrosine (500mg daily on empty stomach with water or juice - not with milk - take with 50mg of B6 and 100mg of C for better absorption).
Important items were raw adrenal glandular and raw adrenal cortex glandular. Huh.
Helpful items were multivitamin with at least the following: calcium 1500mg, magnesium 750mg, natural beta-carotene 15,000 IU, copper 3mg, potassium 200mg and zinc 50mg. In addition, Coenzyme Q10, chlorophyll, raw liver extract and SAMe (do not use SAMe if manic-depressive disorder or taking prescription antidepressants).
The recommendations it mentions are: fresh fruit and vegetables, especially green leafy ones, brewers yeast, brown rice, legumes, nuts, olive and saflower oils, seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.
Eat deep-water ocean fish, salmon or tuna a least 3x a week. Include in diet garlic, onions, craptake mushrooms, pearl barley (which contain germanium).
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco - which are highly toxic to the adrenal and other glands.
Stay away from fats, fried foods, ham, pork, highly processed foods, red meats, sodas, sugar and white flour. These put unnecessary stress on adrenal glands.
Get regular, moderate exercise.
As much as possible, avoid stress. Continuous and prolonged stressfrom marriage, job, illness and feelings of low self-esteem or loneliness can be detrimental to adrenal glands.
Anyways, much of which I kinda knew, but some new pieces I didn't know.