So back in October I was rear-ended by some unknown driver at about 50 mph. Needless to say I had some pretty severe soft tissue damage and other injuries as well. After four months of treatment with a chiropractor and a physical therapist I am finally ready to sit down and write my settlement demand letter. Part of writing a demand letter involves detailing your medical treatment as well as providing the records as an exhibit to the letter. While going through the 277 pages of records I came across a note from my endocrinologist to my general practitioner where he explains that they only practice evidence based medicine and that adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout is not a condition. I have to say that my first reaction was to laugh when I read this. I mean, I have done enough research and talked to enough people who practice holistic nutrition and functional medicine to know that adrenal fatigue really is a condition. At the same time I really wanted to smack these two doctors (especially the endocrinologist) upside the head and tell them to wake up. How ignorant can they be? Silly question, I know! Either way, I couldn’t help myself and had to take a picture of the record and sent it off to my FMP. It just so happened that my FMP was appearing as a guest on Jimmy Moore’s podcast, Living LaVida Low Carb that same day and asked if he could share it on the show. Of course I gave him permission, this sort of thing really needs to be discussed so more people can learn what they need to better help themselves when doctors my like my endocrinologist won’t help them.
When everything started to go downhill for me about 3 years ago, I did what I usually do which was research my symptoms. I started off reading Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure. Her book was set up really nice. In the beginning you would take a symptom survey and then calculate your scores. Your scores would then identify issues you are dealing with. Once you determined what your potential issues were you would then read the chapters in the book that corresponded with those issues. My biggest issue in the symptom survey was adrenal fatigue. The chapter that discussed adrenal fatigue had a list of supplements that you could try, and how they could possibly help. It was nice to have something to go on, however it was going to be trial and error to determine if it was really working. I tried some of the supplements but didn’t notice too much of a difference. I then came across Glen Depke of the Depke Wellness Center. Again, I took another survey that would indicate what level of adrenal fatigue I may be in. The survey indicated that I was experiencing severe adrenal burnout. Not surprising! His website also discussed supplements that could help in treating the issue. Some of the supplements suggested were different than what I had read about in Gottfried’s book. So I switched up the supplements and tried again. This time I started to feel a little better. Let me emphasize a little better. While I felt more awake, I still wasn’t functioning at the level I wanted to. At this point, this is all I could afford to do. I needed money to work with a functional medicine practitioner, and money is one thing I don’t have a lot of. Living in the bay area of California will do that to you.
Currently I am taking Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid (B1), B Complex Liquid, Ashwagandha, and Synthroid. I personally feel that the Pantothenic Acid and the B Complex are the two things that really make a difference for me so far. I honestly would not go a day without them. Prior to taking Synthroid for my thyroid condition, I was taking Armour. The hard part about Armour is that they can not prescribe it in as definitive of a dose as they can Synthroid. My recent blood work revealed that my TSH was actually too high, making me hyperthyroid. I made the decision to go back to Synthroid only because it’s easier to define the dosage. I would have rather stayed on the Armour if I could have.
I am hopeful though that things will begin to get better for me now that I am able to work with a functional medicine practitioner. There is nothing I want more than to be able to work out the way I did before and enjoy life to its fullest. So now I just have to wait for the results of my cortisol test so we can figure out exactly how to do that.
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