I've struggled with Adrenal issues for many years (with many complicating factors such as liver problems) and I've experienced many "crashes" from which I've slowly worked my way back.
A few days ago, I had a HUGE crash and have been pretty much bedridden since then.
My question is..... when I'm really weak (like now) I've always noticed problems breathing.... like there is a weight on my chest and it's hard to breathe. This goes away as I get stronger. THIS time however, the breathing trouble is so bad that it makes it really hard to sleep. I'll sleep a little while and then my body will wake me up panicking and gasping for breath. As you can imagine, it's pretty hard to regain my strength when I can't sleep decently.
Has anyone experienced this and/or have any ideas for how to help my breathing?
Hi- according to the written material i got from my Lab here is some general info- they sent re dysfunctional adrenals:
"The symptoms associated with adrenal dysfunction are diverse and can involve
the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, as well as the brain and nervous systems."
I have a problem taking deep breaths wonder if anyone else on the forum has these same symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue affects the respiratory system in some people according to what I have read. Also you can have pain in the adrenals lower back if there are adrenal problems. So the best bet in my opinion is to have the 'saliva tests' done and find out what you need to do and go from there. Have you been tested?
Not saliva - not sure how easy this is to do in the UK? I had something called 'BEST' testing done which measures skin electrical conductivity and compares values to base data - its used predominatly for food allergies etc - but i had the hormonal profile run also and was tested below norm for adrenaline and testosterone (I'm female). Also, was low in minerals generally recommended for rebuilding adrenals such as magnesium.
I self diagnosed adrenal fatigue based on my symptoms and the above and have had some success by supplementing w vits and mins and with IsoCort.
In addition I go to acupuncture and physio for my lower back - I have some structural problems which in fact might have been a contributing factor to the adrenal fatigue...
Hi again, I RE-READ your post. Your breathing or interruption of breathing when you sleep, sounds like "sleep apnea"--which is/could be dangerous. (dont want to alarm you).
If I were you, I would check my thyroid. Hypo thyroid (hashimoto's thyroiditis) brought on my symptoms of sleep apnea, and the thyroid meds cleared up the apnea. when you DO lab work for the thyroid, make sure you get the TSH- Free T-3 and FREE t-4 these numbers will give you a clear picture of where you stand.TSH alone never tells you anything and is a waste of money and time.