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How Long Should It Take to See Improvements?

Monday, May 13, 2019

So, I've been engaged in supporting the HPA (hypothalamus - pituitary - adrenal) axis for 10 weeks now. And, as the nutritionist has stated, energy levels will be fragile. So, take it easy and do not over do it.

I was doing some reading last night and came across an article [1] regarding adrenal insufficiency that specifically shared the following:

"While there isn’t necessarily one tried-and-true way to recover from adrenal problems, here’s what you can expect in terms of timing:

6 – 9 months for minor adrenal issues
12 – 18 months for moderate adrenal insufficiency
Up to 24 months for severe adrenal insufficiency"

I mentioned to the nutritionist earlier today that I keep reminding myself that she's told me to take it easy, this is going to take time, and energy levels will be fragile. Then, I let her know that I'd read an article last night that specifically mentioned timelines.

She immediately responded with the following:

6 – 12 months for minor to moderate adrenal insufficiency
12 – 24 months for moderate to severe adrenal insufficiency

Her timelines essentially concur with what was read in the article. Patience, Jeanne. Patience. It's been 10 weeks. Haven't even reached the half way mark for the most optimistic resolution time of 6 months. I kind of doubt that I'm contending with a minor adrenal issue. I hope so. But. I'm not holding my breath.

Looking at these timelines and flashing back on the words of the physical therapy pelvic specialist, "I know you're not going to want to hear this. But, expect it to take 2 years before any semblance of normal returns." She was right. I didn't want to hear it. She was right on the second count too. It took 2 years.

So, I've done it before. I can do it again. It took me 2 years to recover following the non-traumatic pelvic fracture. It may be 2 years recovering from the adrenal fatigue.

And, as far as exercise goes:

"Move your body in ways that you enjoy, but also give yourself rest when needed, allow for adequate muscle recovery, and listen to your body for signs of fatigue or injury. Not doing any exercise at all can leave you stagnant, moody and tired, but pushing yourself too hard is also a major stressor and ultimately winds up backfiring." [1]

The nutritionist has stressed that I need to be extremely cautious about returning to exercise. And, the adrenal issue is not the only factor. I have the gynecological diagnosis to contend with that is being aggravated by movement and causing tissue damage.
On Saturday, dear hubby and I began working the Beginner Walking Workouts shared in a Spark article. [2] Saturday went well. I'm not too sure about today. I've been feeling pretty agitated which is an indication that my energy stores have been tapped to the max. Not a good sign.

Many have encouraged me to get out and walk. The exercise will help, they say. I know folks mean well; but, truth is exercise does not always help. And, even a gentle walk can be equated with pushing yourself too hard.

The fact that asking so little of my body physically, appears to tax it that much is another indication that I could be in for another lengthy haul. It was over a year following the pelvic fracture diagnosis before I was able to return to consistent walking … 16 months actually … closer to a year-and-a-half. And, it took 6 months for me to build a tolerance to 60 minutes of walking.

So, the Beginners Walking Workouts may be too much too soon for me. I need to remind myself that it has only been 10 weeks. Again, patience, Jeanne. Patience.

[1] draxe.com/adrenal

[2] www.sparkpeople.c

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