Adrenal insuffiency is more than just lack of cortisol if it gets to the point of cortisol insufficiency. If the adrenals cant make cortisol odds are its because of a lack of precursors (it can be other things and there are many causes for a lack of precursors, most common in this camp is that they are just plain tired and wore out). Which means, if that is the case, they cant make any other hormones that your entire body relies on to function properly. Just supplementing cortisol at this point will create an imbalance within which your body cannot operate properly in any way and generally wont leave you with a much of a sense of well being. I personally test low in every adrenal hormone we’ve checked and consequently testosterone as well. The two major adrenal hormones are dhea and cortisol. They are both very important and have a very yin/yang relationship with each other. Unless you know you are only deficient in one it is unwise to take one without the other as you are only filling one side of the hole and creating further imbalance in the process. I take both of these. Many people believe that hormone replacement is not the right way to treat the adrenals, and for many people, they are right. But if being adrenally insufficient is causing you enough problems to prevent their own recovery, then supplementation can be the best way out. I do plan on seeing someone shortly with good knowledge in this arena as I feel this might not be the best approach for me as I am low in pregnenolone, which is the precursor to both hormones (all adrenal and steroidal hormones really) and think there is probably a better way. So, we’ll see, but that that will probably change. But it is a key treatment for me, as well as anyone under long term stress and that is sick. It needs to be handled properly or no progress will be made or one can even digress in their overall treatment.
Keep in mind that every person and there physical problems are different. I personally do not manufacture enough coq10 or carnitine, so I supplement with both of these. And boy do I need them. My ocd is caused by glutamate hyperactivity. With the exception of lithium orotate (the mineral, not the prescription) I have stopped supplementing for the time being for this because as long as I stay away from excitotoxins, keep my blood sugar, hormones, and frame of mind of stable and have any infections under control, it mellows right out on its own. I could probably feel a little better with something else, but the brain is capable of rebalancing itself given the right conditions and I would much rather it rely on itself for balance than me taking a supplement. This and some other things point in the direction of methylation problems, which is something that I have only begun to investigate. I’m going to keep digging for the root cause. And do a heavy metal detox. Other than that, idk, glutamine helped alot with muscle soreness and spasm, but might not be necessary anymore for that. I will keep taking it for my gut though. It always feels good to ditch band aid therapies because you dont need them anymore:)
Just understand the point that it takes all things together to get good results. Just be patient and persistent and learn as much as you can. Dont believe everything you read and dont get to caught up in any one area. All but very few are ignorant or full of shit to some degree in this field, and no one person or source has all the answers or best ideas for you.