I was confirmed to have advanced adrenal fatigue by my ND about 6 months ago, and it's been quite a struggle trying to figure out what is causing it.
This is something I've been battling for the past 3-4 years or so, but recently it's advanced to a stage where I can't work or do much of anything physical at all. My symptoms include:
Headaches, Sleeplessness, Irratibility, Sore neck and neck muscles, Weakness, Dizziness, Blurred Vision, bloating (and many others) * note: strangely enough I have minimal amount of digestion issues besides gas/bloating *
I eat healthy and I don't have a very high amount of stress in my life at ALL at this point. My wife has been exceptionally sweet and patient, my family has been supportive and even work has been understanding.
I've been off Glueten, Fructose, and Dairy for weeks with no effect.
Recently I did The Master Cleanse (Lemonade with Cayenne Pepper and Maple Syrup) for 8 days until a fairly severe allergic reaction to something weakened my body so much that I had to stop. (sneezing, runny eyes, itchy nose etc)
The next day I eased out of the cleanse with orange juice and then soup because my body needed some real food. It wasn't 24 hours before I experienced what could only be described as severe withdrawal symptoms (being a former drug addict I know what they feel like). I had a fever for several hours and in the morning (which is today) I had a splitting headache.
All of this seemed to happen after I kept putting more and more cayenne pepper in my Lemonade. ( i was trying to put in the 1/10th teaspoon they recommended )
I have a few questions about this.
1) have you ever heard of someone having withdrawal symptoms after the Master cleanse?
2) Is it possible my severe adrenal fatigue is caused by a sensitivity to cayenne? (or nightshades which i do eat a lot of)
3) Considering how advanced my adrenal fatigue is and my age (29), what could be burdening my body this much if not food? I can't imagine any enviromental issues and I have an expensive air filtration system
I am just really discouraged and trying to keep my head up and figure this thing out. Something is slowly killing me and yet my blood work is absolutely perfect.
When one has adrenal fatigue we are usually undermethylated which means histamines can rise in the system very easily. Lemon and cayenne are both high histamine foods and this could cause the. Symtoms u describe. Have a look at carl pfieffers book on orthomolecular psyciatry at the condition of histadelia, it is related to biounavailable copper which is aa factor in AF.
What confuses me is the strong withdrawal symptoms I got after I stopped having the lemonade with cayenne. In retrospect it's like my body was crying out for more Cayenne, which has me wondering if it's a food sensitivity. I guess there is only one way to find out and that's to reintroduce it in a few weeks.
Wow, so sorry. I know what you are going through, believe me, I've been there.
The first thing you need to do it stop all juice and sugary foods, as most people with adrenal fatigue have issues with hypoglycemia and juice and Sugar will only make symptoms worse.
Also, in a severe state of AF ( which I've been in for 3 years now too) you really can't do any agressive cleanses, detox, it stresses the adrenals more.
For now, are you continuing seeing your naturopath?
Are you able to eat and keep food down?
I went through recently 2 weeks of hell, with like withdrawal symptoms from all natural sedatives and some valium, as had bad anxiety and nausia, headaches.
Luckily I had some prescription anti-nausea med, which helped some. I also did a very slow taper over a week from the valerium, passion flower, etc. BUt, too I had been trying to wean off a low dose of hydrocortisone and that made me worse too. Many factors going on besides my AF for my self personally.
You may want to try eating the hypoglycemic diet, 4 small meals a day, consisting of mainly protein and vegetables and smaller amounts of complex carbs, like whole grains, brown rice, fresh fruit.
Also, check out Dr. Micheal Lam's website, if you have not already. Loads of info there.
If you need to take something natural for anxiety relief and sleep Taurine and Glycine are helpful and magnesium and Sleepytime tea. Valerian and passion flower are good too ( please feel free to use this) I have just been on these off and on for a number of years and am so sensitive to develope a tolerance. For most all, it is safe.
Your body needs to relax now.
Are you taking any suppliments for AF support?
Take care, Paulette
Thanks for the reply it's appreciated. Yes, I've been on an extensive supplement regimen for months now, and in some ways the supplements have helped, but I still cannot work because my body is so weakened from whatever is burdening me.
I'm seeing my naturopath regularly, and I did think it was odd that she recommened The Master Cleanse despite knowing the risks. I did actually find my body was reacting well to the cleanse until the day I had too much Cayenne in my drink.
In the past my anxiety was so bad I though I would explode, but thankfully that is one symptom I don't have to deal with anymore. Depression, blood Sugar problems, digestive issues aren't a problem either and I have no trouble keeping my food down.
On the other hand, symptoms such as double vision, weakness seem to be getting worse...Double vision I've only noticed in the past two months.
My diet (before master cleanse) was fresh fruit, vegetables, brown rice, quoina, and many other healthy foods. I haven't had juice for months either. I even take Chlorella and found that it had very positive effects on my hypoglecimia and Sugar cravings (which are gone at this point).
Sleep is a problem 50% of the time I would say. Sometimes I can get into a rhythm of getting 4-5 good night sleeps in a row, but it's usually followed by 1-2 bad ones. I rotate gravol, melatonin and other sleep meds and they seem to get me to sleep okay.
I've heard from my local nutritionist that one should not cleanse while the body is weak with adrenal fatigue... as it is too stressful / hard on the system... and one should wait until you have recovered somewhat for cleanse programs.
It definitely sounds like you have a sensitivity to nightshades. To find out, simply stop all nightshades- peppers- including cayenne and paprika, potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant, for two weeks. Not a one. Not a bite.
I am about to start The Master Cleanse myself and I DO have a sensitivity to nightshades. I am going to try substituting ginger for the cayenne. I stopped eating nightshades about two years ago. When I stopped, the remaining inflammation in my body subsided within a week (had stopped dairy which had already made a huge difference for me) and the last bit of eczema that I couldn't get rid of disappeared. It only takes two weeks to be able to tell if you have a food sensitivity. If you are not sure after two weeks try reintroducing them. If however you are anything like me, within two weeks you will feel so much better that you will not consider reintroducing them!
Also, fyi, you may read online that nightshades include various types of squash and mushrooms- not so! Just the foods listed above. Also potatoes are part of the family of nightshades (Solanaceae) but sweet potatoes are not- they are in the morning glory family- so enjoy your sweet potatoes and yams!