Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

I found out recently that on top of my other chronic issues, I also have adrenal fatigue. That was so helpful to me, because I could not figure out why my fatigue was so bad. The fatigue is severe enough to keep me in bed at least 90 percent of my day. My doctor had ordered an adrenal test that consisted of putting a sponge-type material under my tongue; once in the morning and again eight hours later. The interesting thing is that the directions were to keep it under your tongue for two minutes, then place it in a sterile tube. Because I have very dry mouth, I had to leave it under my tongue for 10 minutes just to get enough saliva!

The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and produce the hormone cortisol. It’s only one of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol helps to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, among other things. It also helps to protect our cells and keep our body systems in balance.

I’m sure by now you’re wondering what the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are. Bethany Sharp, Mrs. Tennessee 2012, shares her symptoms in a video. It causes fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, waking in the middle of the night, difficulty getting back to sleep, lethargy, decreased ability to handle stress, low body temperature, muscle weakness, and hair loss, to name a few. Dr. Jill Carnahan has a brief quiz on her website to see if you might possibly be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

Dr. James Wilson outlines a diet for adrenal fatigue on his site that includes how to combine foods, when to eat, and what fruits to avoid. He has also written a book, “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.”

My life is utterly exhausting. I’m working with my functional medicine doctor to find the best course of treatment for me. It’s my understanding that most doctors won’t test for adrenal fatigue. For that reason, I highly recommend searching out a functional medicine doctor in your area, even if you have to travel an hour or more to get to one. Perhaps you could show this article to your doctor. I know we often attribute all our symptoms to our current illness, but there are other symptoms that may need separate diagnosis and treatment.


Keeping It Real

Life is not fair. Chronic illness sucks. Adventure is a distant memory. God seems far off.

Do you feel like that? I am mostly house and bed bound due to the various illnesses that I have. I used to love going to the mall, playing mini golf, actually eating at a restaurant instead of getting taking out, driving…anywhere, cleaning my home, and making bread. All of those things are in my distant past unless God chooses to heal me. Its not that I don’t look forward to whats ahead, I just really miss what I left behind.

Joy seems elusive during these dreary and cold winter months. My heart is longing for Spring and the warm breezes that come with all the newly awakened world. As I get older I find the winters to become increasingly intolerable. I’ve toyed with the idea of moving to Arizona, but I’d miss my kids too much. They’re only 45 minutes away now and i don’t see them as much as I’d like.

I’m a tad sorry that this post is a bit on the feeling sorry-for-myself side, but that’s how I’m feeling these days. I’m usually good at keeping a positive outlook and not dwelling overmuch on my circumstances.

I am aware that I’m in good company with heroes of the faith, such as David. He had no problem unburdening his heart to God, but he always came back around to worshipping the God who knows his heart like no other. Never feel that you can’t come to God with your heavy heart and talk to Him about your body, that no longer wants to cooperate. He is ever ready to listen and comfort, guide and direct, and just hold you close. Feel free to climb up in his lap and let Him father you.

Who Am I – Casting Crowns Let this video minister to you today.

What are you struggling with these days? Feel free to leave any comments. I read them all.