Have you ever heard of the condition Blepharospasm? My dad has it and has been twitching for a week. Im wondering if you know of any alternative treatment. Ive read that its chronic and gets worse. What are your thought? DO you think that acupuncture may help?
Blepharospasm is the twitching of the eye lid. In most of the cases I’ve seen, reducing stress and caffeine alone took care of it. Outside of that, I think a calcium/magnesium/Vitamin D3 supplement could help too.
Your write up on adrenal insufficiently and the symptoms has been the best one i have read. i am definitely in stage 3 and I’m struggling with everyday life even though I’m prescribed prenisone. Any suggestions? I was thinking of asking my doctor for a stimulant just to make it through my days. I’m a single mom of 2.
No on the stimulants. You’ll just burn out faster. I’d like to see your responses to my long intake form, a weeks worth of my diet/symptom/activity/sleep diary, your results from a 4-Sample Salivary Adrenal Stress Index test, some thyroid tests, and a CBC. You can can call or email me to set up a phone, online or in-person consultation on this and other important health matters.
No doctor i have been to is taking me seriously. I live in Fl and im desperate for answers. My heart races my Bp is elevated from time to time i have all the symtoms of adrenal fatigue stage 3 and im confused why they cant test me acurately and give me a diagnosis? Ive been told i am bi polar and everything else in between and other doctors say im not. I need help. Please
Sandra/All: A racing heart rate and elevated BP can be from anxiety or a defect in the conduction system in your heart. Either, plus stress from life or a psychological condition (and I am NOT suggesting that you have one or not) can cause deep fatigue and adrenal weakness. Regular MDs are not going to know what to do with you. They just don’t have the training, courage or curiosity to figure this out. You need to see a good (4-year medial school graduated and licensed) ND or a Functional Medicine MD that has received advanced training from the “Institute of Functional Medicine”. Any other doc may give you a woo-woo run around, and it sounds like you really dont need that. First off, consider seeing a cardiologist and have an EKG and/or stress test done. Then, if your heart checks out, have a 4 sample salivary adrenal stress index test run to assess your adrenals.
Hello. I had blood work done for a check up. Results included a cortisol of 1.1 of which the lab listed as low. Blood was drawn at 11:15 am. Since this level was low, a second blood sample was drawn for cortisol only at 9:15am, and this one was reported to me as normal. This puzzles me. Should I investigate this further. The symptoms I read sound like what has been happening to me. Your opinion and or advice is greatly appreciated.
Hi Bobbye. That low cortisol could be a concern, or it could be nothing. What is the stated normal range for the 11AM cortisol? Any why were they looking at cortisol at all in your case? There is very little I can do online, because most patients can’t guess what I need to know to make an accurate assessment. I’d like to see your responses to my long intake form, and with a low late morning cortisol I’d like to see the results of a 4-Sample Salivary Adrenal test. You can can call or email me to set up a phone, online or in-person consultation on this and other important health matters.
Hi, I am new to this message board thing, so forgive me if I’m doing it wrong. I am a 43 year-old male who has been diagnosed with ADD since childhood. I have been on and off of stimulant medications and anti-depressants for many primarily the last ten years. This very last year I came off of the medications (Vyvanse 70mg & Lexapro 20mg). I also stopped alcohol and caffeine all together, have been eating extremely healthy (fruits, veggies, nuts, only healthy essential fatty acids, vitamins, probiotics), and exercising daily. Despite of this rather extreme effort: During this last year, I have been EXTREMELY TIRED, irritable (couldn’t really even stand myself), and basically not animated to an extreme. Prior to this last year and after an extremely stressful year, I have been having digestion issues (acid reflux at bedtime), trouble sleeping (staying asleep), unrelenting acne, and very big decrease in my sex drive. I have just recently started taking the Vyvanse again in an attempt to survive, but I am concerned that this will only compound the problem. Oh ya, I lost my job due to the recession and currently do not have any medical insurance. Any suggestions are welcome.
I’m an 18 year old who out alot a pressure on myself with sports until this year I just stopped enjoying it and very tired. Currently take adderall vyvanse lexapro and coffee and still could lay in bed and do nothing all day. I hadn’t taken anything until this summer noticed I was really tired so started caffeine pills and then moved on to adhd pills, then lexapro, then combining it with coffee. And it just hardly does a thing for me anymore! Also my ferritin level is 35 and thyroid is fine!
Does this sound like adrenal fatigue?
You probably are experiencing some adrenal fatigue, but all of your symptoms could also be explained by the development of “tolerance” to or “dependance” on the various stimulants you have been taking. Our bodies always have a response to being pushed around by stimulants in order to decrease the effects. The response starts with tolerance (where you need stronger doses to get the same effect) and can evolve into dependance and even addiction. Like anyone taking stimulants, you’ll have to pay the piper for all that borrowed energy sometime. I suggest you bite the bullet and begin to steadily wean yourself off ALL of the stimulants (including dietary caffeine) and then see how you feel. It will take time (perhaps 1-2 months), and you can expect to feel tired and need a lot of rest. Because you are on prescription medications, you should do this under a doctors supervision. High quality food (e.g. mostly protein, vegetables, whole fruit, and healthy fats) and regular mild-moderate exercise would probably help too.
Really interested in your information and knowledge on adrenal fatigue/exhaustion. I am in between stg 3 and 4…I am an ED provider, sick father, professor, single, own my own house, and I am everyones “rock.” I need help…I feel if I dont get it soon I could end up dead…
I am late stage 3 almost ended up dead about 7 months ago, please quit trying to be every ones rock or you’ll not be there for anyone, I am driven as well and expect a lot of myself, I have realized everyone will have to do without me if I don’t get some down time. Adrenal issues are so hard for people to understand, looking at you they just think your are fine because you look fine. I am told at this late of a stage it will take me 2 – 3 years to heal. if you are not sleeping, nutmeg about 1 – 3 tsp. about 5:00 pm for a bedtime of 9:00 which you should be hitting the bed at that time with your condition will make you sleep better than any medication, however if you take too much you will be stoned in the morning. your adrenals rest from 10pm till 1am, and if you aren’t sleeping they won’t get rest. eat lots of good protein, try juicing at least once a day with raw veggies, don’t eat refined sugar, DO NOT drink coffee or take any natural or unnatural stimulants, you probably need to find a Naturopath. Massages are good and help the muscle, I have to do magnesium and vitamin C by I.V. cause my digestion cant handle it, Glutagenics by Metagenics is awesome for healing the digestive lining and getting rid of diarrhea which you probably have in this late stage, and you need to get rid of the diarrhea or you won’t be able to absorb any nutrition, I take apple cider vinegar pills every time I eat anything because my adrenals are so gone they my body won’t make the acid needed to digest. Massage on your liver and digestion area helps and need to walk every day for 20 minutes at least, also get sun about 20 minutes a day, or lay in tan bed 8 minutes a few days a week to build your vitamin D as your immune is weak and UV is much needed at this point, I have to take amino acids because my muscle has been depleted, my joints hurt all the time and my bones are very sensitive. Try to be happy, watch comedies, listen to inspiring music, be around positive people and people you know need to read this websites information on what stage 3 does to you so they understand where you are. I have had kidney problems, digestion problems, liver problems, you name it, severe organ pain inside your body happens as well, I found some relief from that by drinking liquid cayenne in water about 1/2 tsp. You can get high blood sugar and low blood sugar on a dime cause your body is hypersensitive and that will make you feel horrible, so exercise and water helps get rid of high blood sugar and eating an apple will get rid of low blood sugar, get a blood sugar tester and use it when you feel bad, also at this point I got high blood pressure with edema (swelling in hands and feet) bad for your arteries, I use bloat away which gets the water weight down, this can be an indication of kidney issues onset from adrenal fatigue….. hair falls out at this point too, and is caused by stress and can be from lack of amino acids as well. Hope this helps somebody, I have been through a lot and would at least like to help others so they don’t have to suffer so much.
Hi Jenny. I’m sending you an intake form to fill out so we can start the consultation process.
Hi, I suspect I have adrenal fatigue. I was recently told I have a thyroid imbalance, (low t3) and have extreme fatigue everyday. I am taking Naturethroid and began an adrenal supplement. Do you have any ideas for treating the adrenals? Supplement recommendations? The fatigue is very bad and this is hard as I am only in my 20s. Do you know how long it takes for the adrenals to heal? Thank you for your time and help.
If you haven’t already, I’d recommend that you get your thyroid antibodies and RT3 tested and also get a 4 sample salivary cortisol assay (or at least a serum AM cortisol). That way, we’d have a better idea of what your adrenal and thyroid function actually is, and we’d be able to track your recovery. Thyroid and adrenal supplements can help, but in order to heal, the most important factor in recovery is how well you reduce and otherwise address the source of your stress.
Thank you so much for gettin back to me so quickly. I will look into these tests and also I have been working on eliminating the stressors in my life: work and relationships. I have been gluten free and dairy free for 6 months. I hope both thyroid and adrenals improve. Thank you.
Hello dr Morris, i am 54 and pretty much have always been healthy until the last 5 or so years. I have been dealing with thyroid issues been on iodoral and nature thyroid been vit d deficient and have a nodule now 5 cm. I had hoped to shrink it with proper help supplements herbs etc . There were times it almost seemed to have shrunk giving me hope. Now I’ve been diagnosed with hashimotos, seems like the next epidemic . I have a store for women and I am astounded at how many have or are about to have their thyroids removed! I have been to an endocrinologist who raised me nature thyroid from 60 – 97.5 makes me feel hyper before that I tried another nature path and the supplement I was given made me feel anxious and swollen or inflamed in my throat below the collar bone. I did not want to have my thyroid removed. But now I’m so tired and worn down thinking of all this. Would you refer an endo or thyroid surgeon if you don’t have other advice at this point ? I appreciate it very much. Thank you
You may have a “hot nodule” on your thyroid gland that needs to be treated or removed. With a large nodule involved, I think you should probably see the endocrinologist. The iodoral iodine may be feeding that nodule. I am not a fan of wither iodine or dessicated thyroid (nature-thyrpoid, armour thyroid) for hashimotos. The iodine can drive you to produce too much thyroid hormone, and the dessicated thyroid can easily make your thyroid-antibody levels go up (worse). Instead, I suggest straight T4 (synthroid) and T3 (cytomel), with no extra iodine. Adrenal fatigue/insufficiency should be checked out with a serum AM & PM cortisol, and DHEA test (or a 4 sample salivary cortisol test). Food sensitivity testing IgG may also be a good idea to help settle your immune system down further if you want to avoid a complete thyroidectomy. You can consult with me for more details and if you want me to follow your case and make recommendations. May we all be well.
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