Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Adrenal Fatigue - Question from a reader

After years of being on prednisone, I've been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue - believe me I have all the symptoms. I'm in the process of reading Dr. Wilson's book which seems wonderful so far; except for all the foods he states you have to totally give up. Luckily, I'm working with a doctor that addresses adrenal fatigue, he has given me 5 different vitamin supplements to take - I've been on them for 3 weeks now and see no help. My main concerns are muscle loss and crashing at about 6:00pm, then up restless with crazy thoughts all night long. I'm changing my diet as best I could, based on Dr. Wilson's book. One question is if you know anything about vinegar or licorice root as a support or hindrance to this condition (I've googled pros and cons). Another question is has to do with what supplements have helped "real" people and which have shown no help. I thank you for your time and look forward to your response.


Dear Nan,

First of all ... Congratulations! You're aware that you have a problem and you are taking action! You are one of the lucky ones. Too many women stay stuck in denial or avoidance, focused on caring for every other body, but not their own.

Next, thank you for your note. Whew! There is a lot here! I will do my best to share some “lay woman” experience with you.

First of all, Dr. Wilson’s book is excellent. It was one of the many self-help and self-health books I poured through during my own recovery. I can’t remember all the things he says to give up … Recovery is a process where you change a little here and integrate a little there and suddenly one day you notice how much better you are caring for yourself and how fabulous you feel. Wuuu Huuu!

You’ve been on “5 different vitamin supplements - I've been on them for 3 weeks now and see no help.” It has taken you years to get this run down. It can easily take more than 3 weeks to notice a difference. And, supplements alone won't do it.

Besides the supplements --- what lifestyle changes have you made? Are you getting more rest and sleeping into 9 a.m. whenever possible? Have you upped your water intake? Are you eating an awesome breakfast before 10:00 a.m. and are you in bed resting by 10 p.m. so that you are zzzzzzing when your adrenals need to be re-charging? Are you taking an easier, more peaceful approach to life? (Dr. Wilson talks about the personality types that “catch” adrenal fatigue.) Is your recovery your #1 priority? Right now, it needs to be.

I wonder if you have determined the emotional trigger for your fatigue? Do you have help coming to peace with your past? (Adrenal Fatigue is often launched by a major event like the death of a loved one, moving to a new state, having a baby, divorce, broken-heart, bankruptcy …)

Finally, there is A LOT to this. I made it as simple and step-by-step as possible when I pulled together the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide.

Fatigue is a dis-ease of the mind, body and spirit. All have to be nourished back to health. This may sound overwhelming, especially to someone who is tired, but trust me – I’ve been and done that. Because I know just how you feel I did my best to make it as easy as possible for you to feel better – FAST. Click here for more …

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I know EXACTLY how Nan feels. Thanks for input. Hope is a boost.