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Tzu,

Thanks for your reply! Although I have yet to approach a mainstream medical doctor with what I KNOW is adrenal insufficiency, I have heard many stories about how hard it is to get a doctor to understand. I used to have a big problem with Candida overgrowth, and now have it about 70% under control with diet, but I actually had a doctor laugh hysterically in my face and tell me that Candida overgrowth only exists in patients with HIV/AIDS. It's so frustrating when you know your own body and have a good idea where the problem lies and doctors you rely on to help you turn their backs. The only doctor that "believed" me was a naturopath, who I can unfortunately no longer afford to see. I tried Licorice Root for my adrenals, but I really didn't feel any results whatsoever. See, what I'm worried about is that my adrenals may already be too far "gone", despite my young age. I had IMMENSE stress and some trauma almost my entire life, and no matter how much I have changed my diet, rested, reduced stress, relaxed, quit smoking a couple of years ago, etc., I seem to be worsening with every passing day. It started off as very mild and has just progressed rapidly in the last year to where most days I'm worried that I might just actually have an adrenal crisis since I feel so sick. I have to admit, I haven't been very good with staying away from the sugars lately, but I absolutely do avoid caffeine and all stimulants. It seemed like my adrenal problems plummeted downhill when I got a Paragard Copper IUD placed in my uterus about 5 months ago. I have read that an IUD can stress the adrenals, but I don't really plan on getting it removed because it's pretty much the most effective form of birth control and I also cannot deal with the physical stress and pain of the removal at this time. I shutter thinking about it :)
I do realize that getting diagnosed pretty much results in getting a prescription for Cortisone, and I also realize this is a dangerous drug, but I might have no choice. I don't want to be on steroids, but others have said that a REPLACEMENT dosage, replacing what your body is missing is not as harmful as taking a high dose of steroids. I really hope this is true. Although I am totally against succumbing to the use of drugs due to side effects, as a 20 yr. old that is almost non-functional, I want my life back. It kills me to see my friends partying and drinking coffee and...even working. I wish so badly that I could do those things. BUT, don't get me wrong, on my good days, I am the happiest, most optimistic person in the World; I have hope that I will someday recover from this! I'm curious- what supplements are you taking? Do they help? Are you by any chance taking adrenal glandulars from a bovine or porcine source? I've considered that option by am actually a little afraid to go for it. By the way, I also think I have thyroid problems related to my illness since I have an extremely low body temperature, a million and one other symptoms, and a very high incidence of thyroid problems in my family. Anyway, thanks for your response:)
~Katalina
[QUOTE=Solstice1221]Tzu,

Thanks for your reply! Although I have yet to approach a mainstream medical doctor with what I KNOW is adrenal insufficiency, I have heard many stories about how hard it is to get a doctor to understand. I used to have a big problem with Candida overgrowth, and now have it about 70% under control with diet, but I actually had a doctor laugh hysterically in my face and tell me that Candida overgrowth only exists in patients with HIV/AIDS. It's so frustrating when you know your own body and have a good idea where the problem lies and doctors you rely on to help you turn their backs. The only doctor that "believed" me was a naturopath, who I can unfortunately no longer afford to see. I tried Licorice Root for my adrenals, but I really didn't feel any results whatsoever. See, what I'm worried about is that my adrenals may already be too far "gone", despite my young age. I had IMMENSE stress and some trauma almost my entire life, and no matter how much I have changed my diet, rested, reduced stress, relaxed, quit smoking a couple of years ago, etc., I seem to be worsening with every passing day. It started off as very mild and has just progressed rapidly in the last year to where most days I'm worried that I might just actually have an adrenal crisis since I feel so sick. I have to admit, I haven't been very good with staying away from the sugars lately, but I absolutely do avoid caffeine and all stimulants. It seemed like my adrenal problems plummeted downhill when I got a Paragard Copper IUD placed in my uterus about 5 months ago. I have read that an IUD can stress the adrenals, but I don't really plan on getting it removed because it's pretty much the most effective form of birth control and I also cannot deal with the physical stress and pain of the removal at this time. I shutter thinking about it :)
I do realize that getting diagnosed pretty much results in getting a prescription for Cortisone, and I also realize this is a dangerous drug, but I might have no choice. I don't want to be on steroids, but others have said that a REPLACEMENT dosage, replacing what your body is missing is not as harmful as taking a high dose of steroids. I really hope this is true. Although I am totally against succumbing to the use of drugs due to side effects, as a 20 yr. old that is almost non-functional, I want my life back. It kills me to see my friends partying and drinking coffee and...even working. I wish so badly that I could do those things. BUT, don't get me wrong, on my good days, I am the happiest, most optimistic person in the World; I have hope that I will someday recover from this! I'm curious- what supplements are you taking? Do they help? Are you by any chance taking adrenal glandulars from a bovine or porcine source? I've considered that option by am actually a little afraid to go for it. By the way, I also think I have thyroid problems related to my illness since I have an extremely low body temperature, a million and one other symptoms, and a very high incidence of thyroid problems in my family. Anyway, thanks for your response:)
~Katalina[/QUOTE]

Hi Katrina ... Gosh you sound just like me ... I think I have also ended up this way from excessive stress in the past and perhaps the way my personality dealt with it.

The supplements I take are just vitimins .. I have been using a mega dose one of slow release vit B complex .. and also try to always take an antioxidant supplement. I have thought of trying the natural gland extracts ... but so far have not.

I have been referred to see an endocrinologist for my thyroid as I have a small nodule on it and have thyroiditis. That would be the specialist who would also deal with adrenal problems ... so I intend to ask him if he can check my adrenal gland too. But I am going through the NHS in the UK and will have a bit of a wait for that .. which is fine as I have lived so long already like this ... I'm just glad for the opportunity to see a specialist in this field.

I feel if you could find an understanding doctor who would recognise that you could very well have tired adrenals and perhaps try you on a little treatment ... it would be worth it ... I can fully udnerstand ur frutsration at not being able to keep up with ur friends. U need to pester the doctors until u get results. As they say ... the squealing hinge gets the oil ... thats what I have been doing and as I said ... have now been referred. Keep in touch here with ur progress ... I hope in time you get well again ;)





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