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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Finally, I have a confirmed diagnosis....severe adrenal fatigue. I have always suspected it, but my MD doctor in Jan 2013 laughed in my face when I suggested it and asked for testing.

Instead, he tested me for sleep apnea which showed I had a mild case and was resolved with dental appliances. I was tested for thyroid and I had low thyroid... which was another fiasco trying to get the right dosage. I have since stopped seeing him, and on the third MD doctor which I like. She finally got my thyroid dosage right.

Last Fall I went to a naturopath doctor. He was pretty sure I had adrenal fatigue and put me on some supplements for it, but since my thyroid wasn't optimized he wanted to make sure that was okay first before testing the adrenals. Well, after months and finally getting the right dosage, I was still exhausted and dragging through the day. I could sleep 8-10 hours and still wake up tired.

The beginning of July I did the 24 hour saliva test. I got the results yesterday...my adrenals are shot. Basically I am flatlined through out the day. Also, my DHEA level is extremely low. He is putting my on an aggressive supplementation protocol and says it could take 6-12 months before I feel normal again. But, he also said I should see some improvement within a month.

He also said no vigorous cardio just easy walks and strength training twice a week for 20 minutes until I begin to heal.

Part of the reason my adrenals became fatigued was because of some very stressful (good and bad) years plus extreme exercising along with dieting. I have learned that more exercise and less food puts a lot of stress on the body. And my body rebelled against it and I hit the wall and was unable to lose and began to put on weight especially around my middle no matter what I did.

I also went to a nutritionist (she works with my naturopath doctor) at the end of June and she gave me some good advice. I will be doing a 2 week elimination diet beginning of August.

I am glad to see that there is now light at the end of the tunnel. I know it will take awhile, but now there is hope where before I was discouraged and felt like this was the way things were going to be with no hope for getting better and losing weight.

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    Glad you have found someone that is listening to you.
    1871 days ago
    At least you now know what the problem is....
    A good book to read in Adrenal fatigue by James L Wilson.....helped me a lot
    1892 days ago
    Lots of good advise here!! Thanks for sharing all that you have learned!! I believe (although I don't always act like it) that too much exercise & not enough food can be hard on certain people's bodies! I know its that was for me.
    I hope you are feeling more like yourself again soon!!
    1913 days ago
    I hope you see good results quickly. My DIL's life was saved by a naturopathic doctor after years of misdiagnoses from conventional doctors.
    1915 days ago
    Hey - Good news!
    Sounds like there is definitely a plan ahead
    1917 days ago
    I am so happy for you Carrie. It can be so frustrating when you know something is wrong but no idea just what/why things are like they are. ((HUGS))
    1918 days ago
    That's great that you finally have an answer. How frustrating it must have been to have a doctor completely dismiss your thoughts. Here's to feeling better soon!
    1918 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    Thanks for that information. It's helpful to all of us Sparkers to deal with the temptation of not enough food when we exercise, though the "experts" tell us that all the time.

    I've never heard of adrenal fatigue before. I hope you share some of what the nutritionist tells you, just as a check on our own diets. Sounds like they're checking you for allergies, too.

    So glad you're finally getting the right information and can see concrete steps to follow. I know that must be a huge relief to you.



    1919 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad you are on a path to improved health. I will continue to pray for you... keep your SparkSpirt up sweetie emoticon
    1919 days ago
    Carrie, I am so glad you are finally getting some answers and some solutions!!! You've been through so much!! Best of all for you, my friend!! Never give up! It's all clearing up !! (((HUGS)))
    1919 days ago
    WOW! This is wonderful news. Thank God for the light at the end of the tunnel
    1919 days ago
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