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Tina,

Hi! My goodness, you must be feeling awful. I'm so sorry for everything you're going through.

Alas, I am not one of the experts on here, so hopefully they'll chime in, but your symptoms definitely would definitely make me suspicious of adrenal fatigue or even Addison's.

I have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, and my main complaints before meds were hypoglycemia and suicidal depression. I started Cortef about a month ago, and oh, what relief!!! I am not exaggerating when I say that the Cortef probably saved my life.

My hypoglycemia, like yours, started out with infrequent episodes about 15 years ago, but by the time I got into the right doctor about 3 months ago, the episodes were everyday, sometimes several times a day. It was almost as if there was nothing I could eat that would make me feel good. Even my "emergency" food--orange juice, just like you--wasn't working anymore. I got to where I was having anxiety over simply eating because it was pretty much "damned if I do, damned if I don't". It was really awful. And all the doctors ever told me about it was "you need to eat every two hours". Argh!!! :mad:

I also have low progesterone. One reason I mention this is because progesterone also affects your blood sugar. And with you having had "female issues", one thing I would wonder about is your hormone levels.

Something that really helped me with the hypoglycemia is raw adrenal glandulars. The Cortef is working well for that now, but some afternoons I still have to take the glandulars for a little help with the hypo. I know some people have differing opinions on glandulars, but I'm just mentioning this because I was absolutely desperate to get some relief from the hypoglycemia, and this was the only supplement that helped.

Some of your other symptoms sound like thyroid. Do you have any results that you could post on the thyroid board? They're so helpful over there. Sometimes what a doctor considers "normal" results can actually be abnormal for a person and make a person symptomatic.

With the IBS, something that I just thought I'd mention...I too had IBS in my twenties (I'm 32 now). For me, though, once I cut the sugar (not that I avoid it completely, but it's way down from where it once was!) and overeating, the IBS all but disappeared. For example, anytime I head to Macaroni Grill and uh, overindulge, in their bread and pasta, I can pretty much guarantee an IBS episode. :nono: I'm not saying this is what's causing your symptoms, but I just thought it might be worth mentioning.

Have you had your cortisol checked? Your hormones? I would think this would be something that would be top priority for your docs?

I live in Houston, so I could definitely recommend my doctor. She's not an endocrinologist, "just" a family doctor, but she is the first doctor who has actually listened to me and been willing to work [I]with[/I] me (instead of wanting to quickly write a prescription for Prozac!!!! Yes, I've been there too!!!! :mad: ).

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Well, I'm sure this post is all over the place! That's one thing the Cortef hasn't completely cured--brain fog!!! I think my thyroid meds need adjusting (have been on thyroid since the birth of my second son)!

Please keep posting and looking for answers. This is a great place to come for help.

Christy





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