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Hi\I am a 24 year old male and I have been sick for 8 months. I am a Police Officer and now my Career is about to be put on hold. In October 2006 my life started to go upside down. I was standing on a domestic call at work when I suddenly became very dizzy. I began to feel like I couldnt breath very well and had to go home. when I got home I began to get tremors and shake. I went to the emergancy room where I was tested and sent home with no relief. I have been to the Emergancy room a total of 9 times since that night, and has had every test known to man conducted. CT of brain, heart, lungs, ETC. all came back normal. I had the following symptoms: Light headed, dizzyness, shortness of breath, tremors, extreme exhaustion, always tired, heart palpatations, anxiety, and more. I had to take a medical leave from work due to the fact it was unsafe for me and I couldnt function. In a 3 month period I lost 30 pounds! One day I was drinking some tea with honey, I suddenly began to feel light headed and dizzy. My brother, who has a diabetic son mention I looked as if I was going "high." I bought a glucose monitor and found my sugars hitting 195 and 200 off a cup of Mountain Dew! this was rare b/c I would drink soda like water when on Grave yard shift. I went to a Endo who tested me and agreed that my sugar was abnormally high, but my A1C was normal so he said "I believe your becoming a diabetic, come back when your full blown and hitting 200 all the time" I was shocked and very frustrated.

I went to a second Endo who said that was nonsense and started me from scratch. They found some interesting things. Yes my sugars were high, but why? they stated they thought it was due to something else. Well it turns out My Cortisol is low, on two different 8:00 AM test it read at 2.3, they stated it should be 5 or higher. Also they found my testosterone was low as well at 199, they stated it should be 400 or higher. They stated due to low Cortisol, and testosterone, this would explain why my insuline is not breaking the sugars in my body down thus causing it to go high. So great now what??? I have taken a Cortisol stim test to see if I have Addisons but I suspect it will come back stating "normal" so I must figure out the best form of treatment. I tried Andro Gel and Andro derm for the testosterone problem, but those medications made me sick. I went to a Certain "famous" clinic in Scottsdale and saw a Doctor who said "your levels are fine, you have Anxiety" I asked him well if i have Anxiety, couldnt it be a biproduct of another condition? he stated "no" I found this hard to believe and reasearched on my own. I found exstensive creditable sites with very acredited doctors on the subject of Adrenal exhaustion, and its symptoms, which I had almost all of them. one symptom most sites listed was Anxiety! I am very Frustrated and dont know where to turn for help. has any one else had these problems? or heard of such a thing?
thanks
[QUOTE=DIAL;3623152]Hi\I am a 24 year old male and I have been sick for 8 months. I am a Police Officer and now my Career is about to be put on hold. In October 2006 my life started to go upside down. I was standing on a domestic call at work when I suddenly became very dizzy. I began to feel like I couldnt breath very well and had to go home. when I got home I began to get tremors and shake. I went to the emergancy room where I was tested and sent home with no relief.

So great now what??? I have taken a Cortisol stim test to see if I have Addisons but I suspect it will come back stating "normal" so I must figure out the best form of treatment. I tried Andro Gel and Andro derm for the testosterone problem, but those medications made me sick. I went to a Certain "famous" clinic in Scottsdale and saw a Doctor who said "your levels are fine, you have Anxiety" I asked him well if i have Anxiety, couldnt it be a biproduct of another condition? he stated "no"
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Hi Dial,

Just my opinion on the police call above you described above. You were placed in a stressful situation, but you have essentially no testosterone to limit the stress to your adrenals. Your adrenals are toast from doing this month after month, they have little left to give. They are barely just keeping you on your feet and there is little left from you doing a face plant right on the sidewalk (Addisonian crisis). I have been there, not with a uniform and a gun, but at my work been there standing there listening to someone talk and just knowing any second I am going to collapse on the ground.

From my experience endo's only understand and recognize severe Addisonian crisis or coma, even then it's only a 50/50 bet if they figure it out before you die (you can die quick if you get to that point). They mostly treat diabetes (and IMO they do a poor job and "manage" these poor diabetes into the grave). They so rarely see acute Addisonion crisis because most people with borderline Addison's just shuffle along and limit stress they best they can, or retire and stay at home. They are usually pumped full of Prozac so they forget how good they used to feel.

You could try this. You can buy over the over-the-counter hydro cortisone cream. You can measure out like a quarter teaspoon and every morning at 6am rub some into your inner arm. Be sure to measure it out exactly the same. Try that for a few days and see how you feel. If it starts to help you could try a smaller amount in the afternoon as well. Since HC is one of the first hormones you need to correct, you will start on the road to treatment. I would also start doing the oral temperature test as well to see how your thyroid is doing. You should know that you should start out slow, you may have thyroid "pooled" in your blood that is not getting into the cells because of your adrenal problems. Too much HC will allow suddenly too much thyroid to become "free" at once, and you may get a fast pulse. So go slow at first to make sure.

Adrenal status is so critical you need to take steps first to correct this. I don't believe you were allergic to the testosterone gel that was prescribed to you, you just were not ready to handle it. Testosterone is "bio-identical" and to say you are allergic to it means you are allergic to your private parts! Naw....you just need to start with your adrenals for a few weeks first.

I would also buy some B-100 complex tabs, fish oil, and oil based vitamin D3. These would be good for starters along with a good multi. Take 2 of the fish oil morning and 2 at night, this will help with triglycerides and sugar. My triglycerides were close to 200, now they test at 63. The vitamin D3 is a steroid pro hormone that can help with blood pressure, the best way is to get blood tested (25-hydrox-D) test, but it would be safe to start with 2,000iu a day at first.

But one things for sure, you cannot ignore this. Testosterone is heart protective for men (just like sex hormones are protective for women). Testosterone will help you keep your muscle, prevent anemia, keep you calm, and keep you from having a heart attack at 46 like I did!

Neil





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