Thank you for sharing all of that with me. No wonder you steer clear of convention. I guess the only thing I would suggest to you is to maybe see a rheumatologist...just to have the bloodwork to rule out things that should be treated differently.
Ok, I'm off my soap box.
I think when stressful things occur with little break, it causes a cascade of events inside the body. I think the signals get confused and eventually, out bodies respond to stimuli differently than before we had the stress. It's like we get rewired. You are right about the adrenals. They seem to hold the key to the health of the other glands.
Hopefully we can all put our heads together to come up with a solution.