Here is a very short version of my background and buildup of symptoms:
Recently I found out I have had chronic GI-inflammation due to bad chewing since I was a kid. This lead to food intolerances that further increased the GI-inflammation.
When I started high-school, I started to get very dry eyes, dry mouth (low saliva was a problem when I was a kid too). I also didn't feel like myself, I had decreased mood, lower energy, decreased motivation, handled stress and social situations worse, stumbled to find words etc. At the same time I was playing soccer on a high level, exercising and playing matches every day. My symptoms got gradually worse, and I felt like I had this constant brain-fog. I also got a hip-injury due to prolonged stress on my hip. No one could figure out what it was, but I'm now pretty sure it's chronic inflammation in my hip. When I couldn't play soccer anymore, I began heavy weight training up to 5 times a week and began working as a construction worker. I started to eat huge amounts of food, and chew them worse than ever and flushed it down with water or milk. I had good progress in my training, and gained 10 kilos in 1.5 years, where the last 6 month was 5 hard workouts/week + hard days at work. Then, I crashed. After floating on this high of never-ending stress of working and exercising, I experienced extreme fatigue, extreme mental fogginess, completely unable to focus, palpitations, high pulse from nothing. I took some days off work and a few weeks of exercising, but the symptoms was still present to a small degree, and whenever I pushed it I would crash again.
It has now been 3 years since I crashed. I completed 1 year on college, but had to take this year off to sort out my health problems. I have addressed my digestion-problems, and GI-inflammation is kept to a minimum. However, when I couldn't workout anymore, I filled the void with online video-games. These games stressed me out a lot, (I get 150+ pulse in pressured situations and my body fires up all cylinders even though I'm sitting still in my chair trying to relax) and if I play for a prolonged time I feel bad for hours or days later. Stupid as I am, I ignored this and kept playing which probably halted my progress a lot.
The symptoms I'm currently stuck with at rest, are mainly: Clumsy, Brain fog, Can't concentrate, Restlessness even when tired, Bad memory, Confusion, Dizziness, Fatigue, Feeling better after 8 pm, Heart palpitations,
Hypoglycemia (not a problem after I started to eat ketogenic), Inability to focus, Blurry vision, Bad night vision, Inability to handle stress, Inability to interact with others, Irritable, Rage or sudden angry outburst, Overreacting, Paranoid, No patience, Worsening of symptoms after hard exercise (although I feel really good during and the first 2-3 hours after, then I crash), Worsening of symptoms after psychological stress, high and pounding heart-rate from small stress like walking up the stairs.
Symptoms during stress: high heart-rate, pounding heartbeat, "heavy-head", irritable, outbursts. However, I get better memory and clearer head, less clumsy and so on.
Symptoms after some hours after stress: Worsening of the symptoms at rest plus elevated HR and "heavy-headed"..
Other symptoms: Dark circles under eyes, Bags under eyes, Inflammation that doesn't go away, pale skin etc.
When do I feel better: Sometimes before bed (20.00-24.00) I can feel really good, more or less symptom-free. Also early in the morning, especially the first 30min-1hour.
The same happens sometimes during intense weight training, and 3 hours after. During this time I feel like its much easier to interact with others. I don't stumble to find words and I enjoy making conversations, something I normally don't do anymore.
3 hours after this good feeling, I get brain-fog, increased HR and pounding heart from low stress, fatigue, irritability and many other symptoms listed above.
I have done a lot lifestyle-changes and have made tons of progress (I have mainly completely eliminated the fatigue), but the last months I have been stuck with no progress.
The thing is, when I do no mistakes (no GI-flareup, no hard exercise, no mental stress), I get increased brain-fog, worse concentration, irritability and so on. But when I do mistakes, I usually get better mental alert
ness and better concentration, but I also get fatigue and more of a "heavy-head" feeling, increased HR, stressed out tec.
I have made a chart that explains the vicious cycle and the complexity of my symptoms. Im not saying cortisol is my problem, Im
open for anything. Some days ago, I studied my daily logs and arranged all my symptoms, the order of my symptoms and how they appear according to each other. I then tried to find the "X" (its like an equation with constants and an unkown factor). The only thing I can put into this "equation" to make it work, is cortisol. VIEW IMAGE
My theory is that when I do no mistakes, I get low cortisol because my body stores cortisol for emergencies only. When I do mistakes, my body secretes cortisol. Most of the low-cortisol symptoms goes away, but I get other symptoms related to GI-flareup, stress, sympathetic activation etc. And then, after some time I would end up with low-cortisol symptoms again.
I have experimented with licorice-root. It has improved my symptoms sometimes, but I often get side effects like pain behind my eyes (high blood-pressure caused by licorice?) and also feeling very warm.
The last 2 days I have tried 20g hydro-cortisone 1% creme taken 10g,5g,2.5g,2.5g. I felt like it helped, but the effect seemed to only last for about
30 minutes and it took 40-60 minutes after application before I felt it. 20g creme contains 200 mg hydro-cortisone, but I have no idea how much of this actually gets into my bloodstream. I know bodybuilders and other crazy people eat this cream, but I have no intension of trying that with my current GI-situation.
I have taken tons of blood-tests, and everything is fine. T4 18.9, T3 4.4, DHEA 9.3. However, when I tested my morning cortisol, it was 973 (norm 250-750). Before this test, I had a horrible 1h drive on snowy conditions which definitely stressed me out several times. When you slightly lose control of your car at 60-70 mph its hard to not get stressed out.
Does this descript
ion fit with adrenal fatigue? If so, stage 1, 2 or 3?
I have never seen direct proof that my cortisol is low, but according to all I have read on the internet, my current symptoms at rest fit low cortisol. However, when I was a kid and before my symptoms developed, I would actually say I had signs that could indicate high cortisol, probably caused by chronic GI-inflammation.
What do you guys think? Is this classic AF? I've considered tons of options, like depression, hyperventilation syndrome, candida, leaky gut, allergy, diseases etc etc, but the only thing I can put into the equation to make it right and can explain my situation is cortisol. The only thing I can think of that maybe dosent support low cortisol, is that Im almost never sick. Im actaully much less sick now, then when I was younger. I've had 1 cold in 4 or 5 years, and sore throat maybe 1-2 times in the same period. On the other hand, high cortisol supresses immune function, and low cortisol makes your immune system overactive. My guess is that my immuneystem is in overdrive catching everything before it gets a chance to develop.
I tried to keep it as short as possible, but that I can now see I failed... :P
Thanks for all replies in advance.
Post Edited (Fismen) : 6/4/2013 1:56:38 PM (GMT-6)