I've been doing an adrenal protocal for 10 months now and my recent saliva test, now shows my cortisol levels are within norms.
Yet I'm still super weak and have some anxiety.
I've learned to that the adrenals and thyroid can pull from each other. With that in mind, I just had a full thyroid panel test done for hypothyroid.
If my thyroid is low, could the impairment of this gland be causing excess stress on my adrenals?
This is the big question. ( to why I may still be having some anxiety, from my thyroid.
I wanted to tell you that I had to back off of the armour due to my adrenals not being strong enough to handle it, even a dose as low as 1/8 grain. I am now in worse shape than when I started the armour around 3 1/2 weeks ago. The only positive is I lost the 10 pounds and my edema is gone. I am also following a strict diet and have been treating parasites off and on all month. I was on thyroid in July and had to go off because my adrenals got too weak and so I worked on my adrenals for months and thought they would be srtong enough this time but I was mistaken. I am really depressed because I thought this was the answer and felt so good the first week or so of the thyroid meds. I was prescribed hydrocortisone shots by my doctor but was unable to handle that (too sensitive) and cannot tollerate cortef (pill form of hydrocortisone) or DHEA, isocort, or Progesterone cream. I do not tollerate hormones of any kind as well as iodine. I have Hashimoto's with underlying adrenal fatigue. I researched my symptoms and I think my main problem is that I have low seretonin so I am trying a anti-depressant (I also have anxiety and OCD). I have tried treating all of these with herbs and vitamins and amino acids first but when not enough progress is being made I resort to drugs. Right now my main problem is the depression so I am hoping that the SSRI will pull me out of this mess like it did 5 years ago. SSRI's work wonders for fatigue and muscle aches and pains sometimes...look up symptoms of low seretonin if you would like, you may feel that you fit into that category.
Oh Meg. What a mess. So sorry to here that. How long have you dealt with your adrenal problems? have they ever gotten up to par?
Amazing, even at 1/8 of Armour it still effects those darn adrenal glands.
Is there another, more gentler option for treating the thyroid, I wonder? Is Armour on the strong side?
I'm afraid now, when my test results come back and my dr. mentioned "treating with Armour." I'm scared.
This is why I'm doing all the research I can now. There must be a much more gentler way to help the thyroid without putting much stress on the adrenals. I have been taking 100mcg. of Selenium and a Co-enzyme B complex just in the past week and have noticed a little difference in how I feel ( a little better) but one week is not enough time to tell for any long term results. I wonder if taking non-prescription thyroid stuff would help, like Bovine thyroid you can get at the health food store. Or taking seaweed kelp in it's purest form? ?
It's such a struggle isn't it. Sometimes I just pray and wished Christ would come now and take me to Heaven, and some day that will come, but in the meantime, suffering and induring, huh.
Please keep in touch Meg.
have you tried a chiropractor/nutritionist? I was on a product from mine called Desicated Adrenal made from bovine adrenal (glandular) by the brand Standard Process and it was my saving grace when I used to work doing sales and marketing/ I couldn't have done it without that. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue 5 years ago and thats when I went on the zoloft and sleeping pills and took supplements to treat my adrenals. I did pull out of it and was able to live a normal life for a long time but just had another episode a little over a year ago and have had trouble pulling out of it. I now have bad allergies and candida too, though I had candida then as well. I know I can pull out of this as well and I also have learned that I need to live a low stress lifestyle so no more sales jobs for me!
I too am really sorry to hear about your problems. I remember looking at some of your previous posts and it seemed that you were doing well, on the right track. I too have had to resort back to SSRIs. Not for depression, but severe anxiety. I got off Lexapro a few months ago, because I thought I could handle it. Apparently not as my anxiety continued worse than before I started the Lexapro. Unfortunately I seem to be hitting every side effect this time. I sincerely hope that you can figure all of this out.
I tried Lexapro in the past and it gave me anxiety too. Zoloft worked wonders for me but a common side effect when you first start taking an anti-depressant is anxiety and sometimes it goes away when your body adjusts to the drug. It's weird, while your body is adjusting to a drug the side effects are the symptoms you are taking it for but to a greater degree...makes a lot of people go off the drugs before they have had their chance to work their magic. I never wanted to be back on drugs but I have no choice. I have ocd and it is very hard to live with. I have been too depressed without it. I went to a new doctor today, my grandmas doctor and he wants me to come in tomorrow and do some blood work to check my piyuitary, hormones, etc. I think this will be good. I want to get to the bottom of this. I know it's not always accurate but it's worth a shot. I have to zoloft and sleeping pills but am a little scared to try the zoloft again, not sure how my body will react. I feel like it needs some time to get that thyroid out of my system. I was on the slow release T3 and then switched to the nature thyroid (armour) and they just really messed me up. I will keep you posted on what the results say. They should be back on friday or Monday. I will be praying for you girls!
Hi Meg. Say, how did you do on the slow release T3, for Wilson's syndrome? Did you find a doctor well knowledge and in treating Wilson's?
And why did you switch to Armour?
Thanks, I may have asked this prior, but my memory is bad with my adrenal and thyroid issues. Still waiting test results. PS> please see newest post on Vitamin D.
I did the wilsons thing in 03' and it messed me up. I had a doctor in California who did the protocal for my mother and I and we both did not do well on it in the long run. I felt better for a while, a few months but would get unsteady a lot and went to hyperthyroid. I was then diagnosed with Hashimoto's by a different doctor who put me on Armour and I did not tollerate it so she switched me to T4 (sythroid) and I did even worse and went off thyroid all together for years until June of 08'. I was able to manage my thyroid by diet and yoga. It's not EXTREMELY low or anything, I think my TSH is 2.8 or something. I am getting it done again tomorow and will keep you posted. when do you get your results??? If your thyroid comes out ok I would perhaps take some natural thyroid glandular? Or you could take tyrosine? Or selemium? I just started selenium. I think these antidepressants should help me tremendously. I have all of the symptoms of depression and have for a long time.
I have tried Tyrosine in the past...can't remember the outcome...I think it helped. I just now started selenium and I also make sure to avoid foods that surpress thyroid function like soy and brussel sprouts and califlower, etc. I was eating them a lot and noticed it to seem worse during that time.