You say, I add:
>>> I think that a lot of the problems I have been having are due to the fact that I have essentially "isolated" my adrenals in treatment in the last year or so. Everything I have done has been to build them up, to the point where they now respond to everything, and each time they respond, I feel like it is a roller coaster making me worse. <<<
You know those big inflated 'ball thing' at the county fairs (where you get in and bounce around?), ever try to sit still in one when everything's bouncing around? Can't be done. 'Try to think clearly or stop being excited on a roller coaster? Impossible. If the terrain of your body and the environment you live in is a 'bouncing ball roller coaster' and your adrenals are your weak spot...they don't have a chance until you balance & calm their world.
>>> I mentioned supplements before, but it is even to the point where if I eat vegetables with vitamin C in them, or have too much salt, that I am ramping them up too much. I have a minor high that might last for an hour or so, and then a period of downtime where I feel pretty weak <<<
Let's call that hyperactive & hyper-reactive adrenals. Pretend they're a child or a skittish animal, where's the most likely place to address & heal their hyperactivity (no matter how many 'downers' you give them)? A casino in Vegas? Six Flags? Or a nice calmly lit room with soft music (add a bit of incense for me, please:) The terrain of your body COUNTS - it counts a LOT.
>>> I like the idea of using ashwangandha to balance them, but I feel, and I may be wrong, as if I need to get them stable before introducing anything further because most things I introduce at this point just give me those heart palpitations. I don't know if this is happening because my adrenals are so weak or because of this sensitivity. <<<
Listening to your own 'doctor within' is a VERY good thing (good for you!)...but we need to be sure our inner voice has all the information it needs to make the right decision. Heart palps are scary (no matter what the cause), and that's important to address. food reactions
are almost always "liver" (no matter what the reaction). Here's the thing - you likely can't get "them" 'cured stable', until you stabilize the terrain they live in a bit, but Ashwagandha is a very safe (gentle!) bandaid that just may give you the relief you need while you address the cause and 'go for the cure'. It sounds like perhaps you need a bit more information on Ashwagandha and the class of adaptogenic herbs (???) so you & your 'doctor within' can make a good decision.
* The term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body's resistance to stress, trauma ...
* adaptogen - Any natural herbal substance (such as ginseng) that is supposed to help the body adapt to stress, and to exert a normalizing effect upon body ...
* Helping the human organism adapt to stressful conditions.
* adaptogen - Increases the body's ability to adapt to internal or external stress.
* adaptogen - A term for a substance, usually an herb, that produces suitable adjustment in the body. Adaptogens tend to normalize body function and are eliminated when the job is complete without side effects.
* adaptogen - A substance that helps the body to "adapt" to a new stress or strain by stimulating the body's own defensive mechanism.
* adaptogen - (action) helps the body to adapt to stress or change from any source.
* adaptogens - Herbs that help us adapt to stress by supporting the adrenal glands, the endocrine system, and the whole person. ...
* adaptogen - An agent that reduces reaction to various stressors, which subsequently helps to restore and maintain normal balance.
* adaptogen - an agent, such as an herb, that allows the body to adapt to various conditions, bringing the body back toward a state of normalcy or homeostasis. ...
And a quality cayenne tincture will stop heart palps & arrhythmia (I got your email, and when I respond I'll send you some cayenne literature for reading). If there's actually a true heart issue in there, Hawthorn berry will heal it (but it takes a couple of weeks to actually 'feel' anything with Hawthorn).
>>> Even worse, when my adrenals get ramped up even a little, there is a pain that comes from my liver. Again, even when I was drinking five nights or so a week in college enjoying myself I never had any liver distress.<<<
Liver again, eh? 'Sounds like you definitely needs some work there (as does virtually everbody over 12 years old). Seeings that all the blood in your body goes completely through the liver every 3 minutes, this is something that needs to be addressed...stressed liver = stressed everything else. But also, the massive amount of chemicals and poisons that are in your colon (through which all your food/water goes through, as it heads to your liver) is something we also need to address to be able to cleanse & restore the liver.
'No liver problems while you were damaging your liver with all the poisons? Typical, when you think abou itt. No body ever feels like they're getting lung cancer or has breathing issues for the first few years they smoke. Side effects from drugs sometimes take years to manifest (to the point we can see/feel them)...but that doesn't mean there's not damage being done.
Also, I'm assuming you saw the post below about Trazodone being an antiadrenergic...the Trazodone is really gonna have to go. But please do some Googling on "Trazodone withdrawal" and take it slow. I did 15 years on Trazodone - you might find you'll be amazed at how much more energy you have and how much better you feel (especially when you first wake up). Also, one of the side-effects of Trazodone is insomnia. I know that's nutty, because one of it's main effects is to induce sleep...but that doesn't mean a sound-sleep.
>>>I don't know if this means that my adrenals really are weaker now, or if they are just overstimulated. I essentially have not been treating them for a couple weeks now, but even so I still get these roller coaster rides when ingesting some healthy foods, even those with a very small amount of nutrition that would aid the adrenals. Are my adrenals just that weak right now, or are they completely overstimulated? Either way it is not the most fun place I have been in. <<<
I'm a LONG way from convinced this is all your adrenals. Healthy foods don't stress the adrenals. I've helped quite a few people through these kinds of issues, and when we started getting the whole body issues addressed, the "adrenal issues" went away without any specific treatment. (We used some Ashwagandha for starters or Dr. Christopher's Adrenal Formula or his Glandular formula to get some symptom relief...but NONE of these are anything but adaptogenic in nature, and simply provide basic "nutrition" for the adrenal glands).
You've a history with Lexapro & Trazodone that I know of, but I'm suspecting past Antibiotic
usage (???) might be a main contributor. Check out this list of fluoridated Antibiotics
(these are insidious, and responsible for throwing adrenal/endocrine/thyroids out of balance for months/years, due to the high fluoride in each). http://www.slweb.org/ftrcfluorinatedpharm.html
In fact, check out all the classes of drugs (not just the Antibiotics
) and see if you've taken any in the last few years.
>>> Cutting my adrenals off and beating them to death seems a more enjoyable task by the day.<<< I understand THAT sentiment, for sure and for certain. How 'bout we take that energy and turn it into healing!?
There's a logical, specific order to restoring the body to vibrant health, a necessary diet change and continuing maintenance required. Focusing only upon the organs/systems that are symptomatic isn't how it works ("medicine" has proved that QUITE completely). If shortcuts & magic bullets worked, we'd all be reading 100's/1000's of "I'm cured!" testimonies.
You can do it - the absolute best thing you can do right now is start asking for more information to research while ditching every poison and chemical you possibly can...and start normalizing your body by using the IF#1/IF#2 to 'suck up toxin' (or at the very least, take several tablespoons of activated charcoal daily), and start cleaning out & restoring the 'main tube'.