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   Posted 10/27/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
After taking taking a course of prednisone for asthma I began having periodic episodes of fatigue so extreme that I could hardly walk. I would recover, and then perhaps a month later the same thing would happen. I believe I have been suffering from adrenal fatigue. I looked up supplements and diets today and will try those out. Has anyone ever heard of this condition being episodic? By the way I also have an underactive thyroid. I would appreciate any information.

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   Posted 10/28/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor thought I might have adrenal fatigue because I had a bunch of the symptoms. They did a test where they gave me in an injection every 15 minutes or so, and took a blood sample each time. Turns out I didn't have it. I'd look into getting that test before starting on any special diets and supplements. No need to waste your time and money if you have something else instead. Especially since you have an underactive thyroid. Your thyroid might be intermittently slacking off and then spurting back to life, which could be a reason for your episodes of extreme fatigue.

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   Posted 10/28/2008 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Welcome to Healing Well glad you have joined us .As far as supplements most of us take a viatamin, and some take B-12 and calcium . Some of us have chosen to go for different diets as well . As Spookhurst said get your blood tested to see what is going on with you. You will find lots of info and support here. lol gail
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, but it was not episodic. I had been tapering off of Prednisone after a course of several months of steroid treatment. The conclusions that I remember from the situation were thus: I had been on steroids too long, my body had forgotten how to function without them, and tapering off by 5mg a week was too quick. We switched my taper to 2.5mg decreases and the symptoms went away. I don't know a lot about adrenal fatigue, just that when it was at its worst I could barely CRAWL from the bed to the bathroom. But again, it was only bad until I slowed down the taper... and after that I had no reoccurring issues. I would definitely get some blood tests before you go spend a bunch of money on supplements... make sure you're on the right track.
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   Posted 10/28/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had this happen before after I tapered too quickly from prednisone that I was taking to treat crohns. You're body produces something similar to prednisone naturally and that shuts down when you take a high enough dose of the artificial form. If you taper too quickly your adrenal gland doesn't have enough time to kick back in. Try tapering slower and see if that helps. I've read somewhere that your body naturally produces the equivalent of 20mg of prednisone, so I might start from there and then taper.
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