Patient: The fatigue I am suffering with is from my thyroid, my doctor told me nothing is wrong with my adrenals or My “other” hormones.
If you are on thyroid medications and are still suffering with fatigue, weight gain, stomach problems, immune system problems, insomnia, mental sluggishness, or if you continue to require more and more thyroid medications to sustain the same energy level, you should be on the alert for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue can have very similar symptoms and unless proper testing is done to determine if one or both of these problems exist at the same time, a person will never get better.
With that being said, It is not important whether your fatigue is stemming from your Adrenals or your fatigue is stemming from poor thyroid function. What is important is that both the Adrenals and the Thyroid are evaluated together. These two glands are intimately connected through the neuroendocrine system.
That brings us to proper testing for these organs and conventional medicine fails miserably at the evaluation of both.
I have discussed the proper testing needed for both proper Adrenal evaluation and proper Thyroid testing in another article, you can find that information Adrenal Testing here and forThyroid Testing here.
Regular thyroid laboratory tests miss 90% of thyroid problems.
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Restoring adrenal health often leads to improved thyroid health and reduction in thyroid medications. Increasing thyroid medication will only aid primary thyroid dysfunction. If low thyroid function is secondary or due to Adrenal Fatigue, increasing thyroid medication to enhance energy and reduce fatigue only puts the adrenal glands on overdrive at a time when it needs rest. With time, this will often lead to worsened adrenal function and increased adrenal crashes.
I have tried everything so far and nothing works. My Adrenal Fatigue can’t be cured and I am going to have to live with this forever.
This is not true!
The difference between winners and losers is that winners get back up and continue to fight, losers stay on the ground. Many people suffering with chronic fatigue achieve full recovery. Your body is designed to heal and has a built in healing system. The natural progression of Adrenal Fatigue, if nothing is done, is continual worsening of symptoms over time. The majority of do it yourself programs and many professionally guided programs fail due to the lack of training or experience. The key is not to give up but to continue your search for a qualified physician specializing in metabolic problems such as Adrenal Fatigue. That is the single most important key to your recovery. I recommend you set up a phone consultation and interview process with the doctor you “hire.” Make sure you ask them about their approach and how they go about evaluating the Thyroid and how they evaluate the adrenal system.
Adrenal Fatigue represents a mind-body condition where the stress-controlling center of the body is breaking down due to stress. Stress can be physical, emotional, or mental. Emotional stress and toxic relationships are the leading stressors of Adrenal Fatigue. The resulting dysfunction has both a physical dysfunction and a psychological component, both of which are biochemically mediated thought hormones. Recovery needs to incorporate a total mind-body approach. Both emotional healing and body chemistry rebuilding are required. Adrenal Fatigue affects every area of life. However, friends, family and employers are usually unaware of this, thus making the situation worse by their lack of understanding. Educating those who are not aware is the key.
Most in Adrenal Fatigue are holding full time jobs and are very active. While they look good on the outside, they are often stressed on the inside. The majority of those in Adrenal Fatigue are in Stages 1 and 2, where symptoms of low energy are intermittent in nature and can be compensated with a sugar fix, rest, or coffee. Those in advanced Adrenal Fatigue (Stages 3 and 4) are very physically drained of energy, though many are still able to hold down a job. Common symptoms include hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, and insomnia. Only those in late Stages 3 and 4 are generally bedridden.
While the use of steroids (such as hydrocortisone) can be useful under proper circumstances, widespread use of powerful hormones as a way to help Adrenal Fatigue has many drawbacks, including many well-known side effects. Many people recover from Adrenal Fatigue without steroids. They use proper and gentle nutrients to nurture the body, which allows the body to heal itself. This nurturing process should be considered the first line of defense before embarking on steroids, as it is a far gentler approach Those who are sensitive or have weak constitutions may actually do worse on steroids.
While certain herbs and glandulars can be beneficial to help adrenal function during early stages of Adrenal Fatigue, they can backfire and in fact make the condition worse over time if the dosage is not modulated and adjusted professionally. One of the triggers of adrenal crashes is in fact improper use of such natural compounds.
Due to individual variations and degrees of Adrenal Fatigue, nutrients that are fitting for one person can actually be toxic for another. The more advanced the Adrenal Fatigue, the more important it is to understand this as the more frequently this occurs. This is applicable even to some of the most basic nutrients such as vitamin C. Inappropriate administering of nutrients without careful consideration of the intrinsic constitution of the body and the stage of Adrenal Fatigue is a common cause of recovery failure.
Unfortunately, most conventionally trained western medical physicians are not trained in Adrenal Fatigue. This lack of training results in wide-spread practice of prescribing anti-depressants as well as thyroid hormones as a way to suppress symptoms of fatigue by stimulating the adrenals and increasing energy without consideration of the root cause. This often is a failed strategy and will eventually lead to adrenal crashes once the maximum stimulatory tolerance is reached. A physician who does not understand this is unlikely to help you.