I'm a 24yo male,
I've had "adrenal fatigue" for 4 years now, and I'm at the very edge of total incapacity.
It started out feeling like a big jetlag (probably caused by the pot smoking in 2006-07), then I had to stop university, got a job and have been living with my parents since 2008 now.
Right now, it's like this monstrous, opaque fog in my mind - IMPOSSIBLE to wake up in the morning - even talking takes up soooooooooo much energy I feel like I shouldn't be talking. Extreme spaciness, sensitivity to lights, movements, sound...it feels like I'm dreaming when I drive my car, I feel like it's not me driving (as if in a video game or a dream).
I tried loads of medication. All the vitamins(A B C E), homeopathy, elements water (manganese, germanium etc...)...sports, waking up early and sleeping early...
Sound diet off refined carbs, sugar; eating loads of green, whole grains and high protein.
Tried Dr. Hulda Clark 's zapper and kidney/heart/liver cleanse, old Amich dewormer...
latest thing is kombucha tea (since December 25th 2010) and
NOTHING has ever helped even a tiny bit.
It keeps on getting worse and worse and worse.
I know my adrenals are overdriving because a doctor has shown it by study: through TMA (tissue mineral analysis), with some hair from the back of my head.
I work part-time from 1pm to 5:30pm, even that absolutely ANNIHILATES me. My mind is a complete blank, and I can't stop working because my dad just doesn't see the intensity of the fatigue and won't understand.
I've GOT to do something, I'm at the very edge of collapsing.
Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase, someone, give me a hand. Please, please, please.
Also: my anxiety has gotten way worse now. My mouth and throat get all dried up, difficulty to talk, throat narrowing, sweaty hands.....when stressed.
My horrible migraines have stopped since this condition occured. (so summer 2006).
I've even been thinking, miserably, of ending it permanently...
thank you SO MUCH for reading,
God Bless you all...
24 hr saliva test is the first thing to be done. It's cool to get it done at least 4 times a year if you can afford it. Don't use Diagnose techs, they have inaccurate results lately. ZRT is cool. This is the base as to see were you are.
Yoe91. I usually don't post much at all these days, but I felt the calling to do so today. I recommend these below. Maybe something will resonate with you. I also had adrenal fatigue. Blessings..
1. The modality called 'Neurolink NIS (Neurological integration system)'. It can increase and fix seratonin and all other hormones automatically in the brain. Anything else in the body that is out of whack, too. This was my saving grace.
2. Buy organic Beef bones. Alternate with organic Chicken bones. They are cheap. Make a broth out of them.
Fill a a big pot with clean water, add beef bones with 2 splashes of apple cider vinegar. This helps draw the minerals out of the bones. Add lots of garlic, onions, parsley. Carrots and celery, too if you like. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 hours. Take meat off bones, cut carrots and put back in soup. Don't miss the marrow. Drink at least 1-2 cups of this everyday. It is so good tasting and it will give you strength.
3. Green Pasture's Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter oil.
Take 1/2 teaspoon 3X, with your meals everyday.
9. Good Adrenal Article to read: http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/treat1.php
"Therefore adrenal malfunction is a fat deficiency. So the first step is simple and logical: eat more fat, especially cholesterol–rich fats contained in animal meats, eggs, fish, especially butter, which also contain all of fat soluble vitamins A, D and E. The adrenals cannot make adrenal hormones out of cholesterol without vitamin A."
wow thanks a loooooooot all you people, I wasn't waiting for a response at least til tomorrow for sure !
And well, God bless you for that calling today haha...
There's so much research YET AGAIN to be done, and I'm nowhere near as positive or enthusiastic about them as just 2 months ago, but I still MUST...I can't give up now.
You say you "had adrenal fatigue"; you're actually back 100% ?! How long had you had it, and how long did it take for you to get better ?
Prescriptions ? nope, I just drink kombucha, and take loads of vitamins...
Has anyone heard of UT (urine therapy) ? Apparently it's healed some totally hopeless cases...yes, you...drink your own urine. Look into it though, it's my latest find...
I live in Doha (Qatar, Middle East), and the losers here DON'T HAVE 24h saliva tests, or at least are super hard to find...
And out of the tests, all I could find in the blood is my DHEAS level higher than average...
THANKS ILL CITIZENS OF THE WEB, you might very well save me !!
I've got to many stories to write, songs to record and philosophers to read to give up now...
I do urine therapy. If you apply it to your skin it helps boost your cortisol. I feel a nice calm after applying it and use it only when I'm getting ready to croak. I did drink it and my adrenals became dependent which wasn't good because I ended up in a crisis.
I have no tests to prove it but have been in enough major crashes to know when something boosts my cortisol levels.
I have drank it many times before without my adrenals becoming dependent, so you may do just fine. Just start out small and slow. As a matter of fact too much doesn't help but something like a shot glass full or 2 seems to be much really helpful.
Yes, my adrenals literally crashed in May 2007. I thought I would die. I was later diagnosed with PTSD in 2008. It has been a long painful battle back. I tried so many supplements and all the natural neurotransmitters, but nothing helped me. I saw 4 naturopaths, 2 homeopaths and 2 psychologists in all..
It wasn't until I started eating the whole foods in my list, and of course other good foods. The Neurolink NIS was really what gave me the breakthrough, and transported me in light speed time toward healing. The reason why it works so fast is because of the direct work on the brain. The brain controlls the whole body and body functions. My brain started making all the neurotransmitters on it's own, and my hormones became balanced. This only happened in July 2010. The meditation helped me learn new skills for dealing with stress which I cannot say enough of. Getting fat soluable Vitamins A and D were also key, as I was highly deficient. So, in all, all of those things helped me collectively get better within 4 months and it just slowly keeps getting better. It's pretty amazing, still to me.
I would not declare I am 100%, as I think that goal is too high for anyone.. What I can say is that I am functioning more and more like I did before my PTSD. Although I am far from perfect and still learning, the meditation helps me to learn to handle stress much better..not be so emotional and more objective, and know how to not let people suck energy from me(adrenals=energy). This is important for helping me never go backwards again. My moods are better too, AND.. I was able to go back to work after 4+ years of disability! I never thought that would ever happen. It still feels surreal.
Never stop believing that you can get well. This is also very key. Your body has an amazing abilility to regenerate itself given the right things. Also if you can, try not to resent or fight your illness.. It will work against you. Believe me. I learned some very valuable lessons and grew quite a lot from my illness. I would never have changed otherwise. Easy to say, for sure, when it's almost all over, but it really had it's purpose. So is this life..
By the way, I also tried Urine Therapy. I think that was in 2007. I did it for about 2-3 months,but never saw any results. I'm not sure how key it would be to cure your Adrenal Fatigue vs. taking Vitamins A and D.
I do take a good high quality digestive enzyme that helps digest fats and proteins. I've heard of some enzymes with a bile enzyme in it. Alternatively, you can also try lemon juice or a little apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before a meal, to help prepare the stomach.
Liver cleansing is great. I took homeopathic remedies for that and had no side effects. It was very gentle.
Sorry,I think you may have misunderstood me in parts, or maybe I have, so I'll try to be a bit clearer.
The digestive enzymes alone, don't cure anything, but when you are eating the good fats,oils and proteins (like the foods/products on my list )these enzymes help you to digest the fats/oils/proteins better, and absorb the nutrients.
A lot of people do not have enough stomach acid.
It's possible that the enzymes you were taking, were not compatible with your body. There are so many brands out there. I've tried quite a few, but have stuck to one brand namely, because all they do is make enzymes, and also because their enzymes are the highest potency I have seen.
I buy mine from the Whole Foods store.
This is the brand: http://www.iherb.com/Enzymedica-Digest-Gold-120-Capsules/3612?at=0
I also take my lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in water,
alternatively. Perhaps this is something that might work for you. You could give it a try.. it's a cheap one.
The NIS is a modality or technique that is done on the brain (very pleasant and non invasive) by a practitioner . There are no supplements involved.. But unfortunately, there aren't any in Saudi Arabia. They actually are not even that widespread in North America. It is a deep shame, because I know what it can do.
I hope this helps better.
2 last thoughts:
1. It may help you a lot if you eliminate all grains and carbohydrates. It might help your anxiety level and blood sugar.
2. You don't have to mention it, but just something to think about.. But could there have been some kind of trauma that occured to you, that you haven't dealt with and made peace with? These type of repressions can make and keep one sick. If so, you may have to add some kind of emotional work to your healing plan.
I live in Qatar lol, but yeah they def. don't have this here I'm sure...
I understood the digestive enzymes were only complementary, I was just saying all the ones I tried never helped - and yes, I've got terrible stomach acids, it's proven.
Ohhhhh, for the NIS that is terrible news. I thought they were medicine I could just order...
Thank you so much for all the info, you've shed a whole lot of light on my situation...
No worries, and I've thought deeply about it but, nope, nothing psychologically traumatizing. Just pot smoking that most prob. triggered my gargantuan fatigue in mid 2006.
Could I just ask you to expand a little bit on the actual techniques ? What does the guy do to you in fact ?
I know I can read about it, but you're the real deal; it's much more insightful...
Terribly sorry I'm sucking your knowledge dry on here !
Dear Anonymous (wish there was a name I could call you hah !),
terribly sorry to bother even more but,
I'm thinking of going to a country that has NIS practitioners...
could I just ask you how much it cost, at least aprox., and how long it took you ?
How many times did you have to go, and was it over a short period (a week ?) ?
I realize I'm a nuisance here, but this could mean my resurrection...this info would really help a whole lot right now.
It is so exciting to hear from folks all over the globe and have the inestimable privledge of helping them on the road to abundant and joyous life! Thank you for posting.
The broth idea is a good one.
However, fresh top quality locally grown veg and kelp are more important than bones in such a broth. Very little animal food has sufficient nutritional quality to be effective at healing these days. May be diff where you are, if U can get free-range animals to use the meat and bones of. Even so, be sure to have the veg and sea weed be primary ingredients for an adrenal broth.
Here is a link for seaweed. They ship internationally, AFAIK:
Wow, I am very sorry to hear about your condition. The symptoms you're describing (adrenal exhaustion, anxiety, extreme spaciness) are what I think of extreme anxiety or panic attacks. Especially the not feeling like you are real when you are driving your car. That is one of the more interesting symptoms of a panic attack, feeling detached or not real.
Have you tried amino acids? The book The Mood Cure? I think maybe you would do well to look into amino acids like GABA and adrenal help with Holy Basil.
But you see, a panic attack is articulated in one specific interval of time. What I have, I have constantly and continuously. There's never any break from it, ever, ever, ever. And when I wake up the next day, it feels the same or worse. It's been like that for 4.5 years....