I saw a natural med guy/chiro here who let me know about
this and tried to put me on DHEA, Pregnenolone, and a few other things. I kind of chickened out and let it fall through. Look up "Hypoadrenia," I even bought a book that seems pretty thorough called "Adrenal Fatigue" by J. Wilson. Bought it on Amazon.
I do think there is something to this. For me, I fairly doubt it is a causative factor behind my UC, but I wouldn't be surprised if it interacts with something that is a causative factor. You bring up a good point, I think the adrenals, or is it cortisol, that acts as an anti-inflammatory like a steroid. I am more interested in how the HPA axis interacts with hormones like prolactin, but I get in over my head quick with the information. Growing up and in college, especially when hungover, I KNOW I am hypoadrenic. I can actually feel the sensation in my kidneys, black out when standing up etc. Well, I had discovered long before I had/knew I had UC, that taking an OTC cold pill made me feel WAY better, very QUICKLY. Also, eating spicy foods and other things that increase adrenaline I assume.
Sometimes with UC, even without drinking, I get the same sensation. I know it is hypoadrenic. So I have started doing things like drinking more vitamin C - I think it helps the adrenals (got that from the book I mentioned). The naturopath also wants me to start eating something for breakfast (besides my cigarettes and Mountain Dew - hey I'm really fatigued you guys know how this is).
Thanks for posting and I hope we get some contributors to the thread - I really believe there is something to this. And I mean even something more than the fact that anyone living with a chronic illness is likely to be hypoadrenic, as chronic illness is a major stressor on the body, hence the stress hormones.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit