Welcome to healingwell!! :)
I can tell you that you're with friends here. This website has really helped me through tough times when everyone else laughed at me and said that I was crazy, and when doctors told me I was crazy. I will tell you that I have given up on Western medicine (well... not completely). I still believe that it can help, but only if the doctors are willing to listen. I'm going to take this lab work, and request to be put on Cortef. It's a prescript
ion that can help adrenal fatigue.
I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling so bad. Remember that doctors only know what they've seen and read. After relizing this on my own, I started my own process of elimination. It has been long and hard to find, but with out it, I'd still be wondering when, and eating really bad
Your symptoms could be a number of things. The main thing that I've noticed with adrenal fatigue is that stress brings it on. Let me list my main stressors that happened to me all during the end of last year.
Car accident (Totalled)
Bought a house that I can barely afford, but couldn't pass it up
Got into financial trouble (mistake in paycheck, owed the IRS $4,000 last year)
I was also never getting any rest, or relaxation. I was working out everyday, pushing myself harder and harder towards my goal. I was in the best shape of my life. I lost over 90lbs, was running every other day, and lifting weights in between. I didn't smoke, do drugs, or drink. So why was I (this perfect picture of health, according to my doctors) feeling this bad?
I've done just about
every test that I could think of.
Tell me, how long has this been going on? Have you been on a vacation recently? Did you feel better at all (symptom relief) Have you been tested for Lyme disease? How's your diet? Do you crave sugar or sweets? I cannot say about
the being small has nothing to do with adrenal fatigue, but I will tell you to pick up a book called "adrenal fatigue.. the 21st century" It's by Dr. Jame Wilson. Look at how I was. I was 175lbs @ 5'8 when this started. I'm now 227lbs, but that's because I've been eating really bad. It's been a year since I've started feeling like this. It started off gradually, but progressivly got worse as the stress pilled on. I did take a vacation this past Feb, and felt 100% while being away. But after being back home for a little while, I felt bad again. I thought it was mold in my house/work (another thing you should check for), but was rulled out by living somewhere else for a week, and not feeling better.
I know how it feels to be thought of crazy. My friends all laugh at me, and tell me it's in my head. So does my family. I've been on Effexor, Paxil and Prozac. None of it did anything for me. I canceled my Endo appt because the office made me feel stupid when I placed the appt. When I said I was fatigued, they said "you know this is an Endo office, correct?" I said... does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza? Let's just say, the converstation when south after that.
Tru, the important part to remember is, this is your body, and no one knows it best better than you. DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THIS IS IN YOUR HEAD. I'm not going to say it's not possible, but I was told this for so long, I started to believe it was. That's when things got really bad for me. Do not give up on this. You will get better, and you will find what is wrong with you.
Best of luck to you Tru! :)