Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Candidly Vixxen. Sorry I wasn’t able to catch up with you this last week. I had to take some time to write a settlement demand letter to my insurance company for an accident I was involved in back in October. Unfortunately it took a bit of time to get it written out, finalized and put together all of the records. Everything is essentially done now, i’m just waiting for one more set of records before I send it off. If you ever need to know what to do in the event of an accident, hit me up! I know everything there is to know.
So, this week I was going to sit down and write about exercise and adrenal fatigue. I had come across a good post from another blogger on this very thing the other day and found a lot of the things she discussed to be very informative. Earlier today (Friday) I got a text reminding me about my appointment with my FMP on Monday. I sent him an email saying we should push the appointment if he hadn’t received the results of my saliva test yet. He wrote back and let me know that he had gotten the results and included the report for me to review. Now I know I said that I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that I was in fact experiencing adrenal fatigue. I think a lot of people say that sort of thing when they pretty much know what to expect. I can definitely say I wasn’t surprised by what I knew in general. What I will say is that I was surprised by the actual results. I hope that makes sense. As you can see from my test results, the green line indicates low levels of cortisol. The red line indicates high levels of cortisol. The orange line indicates where your levels fall in comparison to those ranges. When I read the results the first thing that popped into my mind is that I am literally a version of the “walking dead.” How am I even functioning?
When I got the results, I sent them over to a friend of mine who also gives these tests to clients to see what he thought of them. He got back to me and told me that he was taught whenever they get someone with a total score below a 10, they were to refer them to a doctor. He’s only seen one other person than me with a score below a 10. Hearing this did not leave me feeling good about things. He also went on to explain that my Cortisol:DHEA ratio means that my adrenals are wiped out. His last words to me were, recovery takes years, but you can do it! I wish I could say that I felt better about it, but the idea of it taking years to recover has me feeling a bit defeated.
So what are the stages of adrenal fatigue?
Your adrenal levels are generally high and you are under a lot of stress.
Your cortisol have remained high and now your cortisol levels are starting to fail. You start to gain weight, experience poor sleep quality and have a decreased sex drive.
Your adrenals have burned out, meaning your cortisol levels are constantly low and you are unable to recover from rest and care.
If you do your research, you will also see a stage 4 or even 7 stages of adrenal fatigue. Either way, there are several stages of adrenal fatigue that explain the progression of the condition and how it effects the body.
On Monday I will be talking to my FMP about the results. I am definitely interested to hear what he has to say and how we plan to treat this. I just feel like I am in for the battle of my life here.
Fast forward to Monday – day of appointment with FMP. So I get on the phone and discuss the results of the cortisol test. He explained to me that he has had about a dozen patients with a score like mine. While it’s not good, I at least have a a rhythm in the morning. Normally he would go on to discuss diet with me, but we already know that I have that dialed in. So we skipped to the supplements. As for the supplements, he wants me to try a Pure Omega (Trygliceride form), an adaptogen blend, a mitochondria energy supplement and a vitamin c tonic. The Pure Omega will be used to help support hormone balance. The Adapt is a blend of adaptogenic herbs and vitamins to support cortisol levels and adrenal health. The Mito Energy has something called PQQ and Rhodiola to support mitochondrial function while boosting mood and energy levels. The Vitamin C Tonic is a high quality Vitamin C drink to support adrenal health. So as soon as I get my next paycheck I will get my supplements and begin the road to recovering from adrenal fatigue. My one hope now is that I respond well to the supplements along with my diet and that recovery will be quicker rather than just progressive if you know what I mean.
One of the things I mentioned to my FMP during our phone call was my unhappiness with my job and the other things that I have coming up. When I mentioned this, he told me that I am most likely going to have a long recovery the longer I remain in this job. And he’s right! Unhappiness and stress from things like a job while having adrenal fatigue are not a great combination. So something amazing happened today. I went in for an interview with a Functional Medicine Clinic that recently opened up here in Walnut Creek. I sent a personal email along with my resume about two weeks ago. I didn’t hear back right away so I didn’t think I would hear from them. But I did! This morning I went in for an interview with the two practitioners and had a wonderful time talking with them. I get in to work and send the follow-up email telling them how much I enjoyed talking with them and that I would love the opportunity to work with them. I get a response telling me “We are SO ready for you,” and a list of references to check while they’re at it. So I gave them probably 8 references they could call to ask about me. By the end of the day, I got a call asking me to come work with them. You have no idea how ever the moon I am about this. I finally get to leave the legal field behind and work in a practice focusing on health and nutrition, everything that I am passionate about. On top of all that, I think I am going to have a much better chance at recovering from this condition and getting my life back all at the same time. So here’s to new beginnings!
With that I will leave you and say see you next week. Please leave comments and questions below. And make sure to follow me on Facebook and instagram. TTFN and ta ta for now 🙂