Wow. You sound EXACTLY like me. I could’ve wrote your last post. The fatigue and not being able to sleep from not eating, or in our case even if you do eat but go to long without carbs, is hypoglycemia. Adrenal hormones play a large part in stabilizing blood sugar. And post exertion recovery.
And some random website that decently explains what adrenal fatigue (AF) is. One thing about it, if you do determine you have it, is that there are a million different people with a million different things to say about it and ways to treat it. Kinda like candida. Some things are best avoided, others are absolutely necessary, some of them are outright bunk, and every individual and case is different. I am being very vague intentionally. Its quite the maze to sort through.
And dont forget that stress can come in the form of multiple things, from worry to sickness to freezing your butt off for a while to working out like a maniac. YOU stabilizing your blood sugar plays a large part in reducing your stress load and recovering both from adrenal fatigue and candida. Your entire body in fact suffers, including your immune system which is obviously crucial in beating candida. The bottom line is its pretty darn hard to beat an infection and deal with inflammation with adrenal fatigue.
I feel really out of it, weak and heavy, and irritable as well when my blood sugar crashes. I find it amazing how much better I feel when I sleep in, lay in bed for an hour before I get up, then do some easy tasks like drive around or something. If I wake up early and hit it right away I definitely feel terrible. Before cfs and candida totally overcame me, I wouldn’t really even feel awake and energized until about 5 in the evening.
As far as the test goes I ordered mine from here:
Stopthethyroidmadness is a decent site btw. Most doctors choose not to recognize adrenal fatigue, at least not until its in a desperate stage that they labeled as Addisons Disease. But some are starting to. Even fewer really know anything worthwhile about treating it. Most endocrinologists dont know much thats worthwhile for that matter when it comes to AF. It is quite complex. It helps alot to chase down any other physical causes/ contributors to the problem, on top of the front line treatments, in both your hormonal system and the rest of your body. A GOOD endo is worth traveling long distance for. I’m trying to make my way through it with just research and my integrative doctors help for now, but I do have an all star endo’s phone number if it gets to that point.
For initial treatment, I am reluctant to tell someone else what to do, but am more than willing to repeat what I’ve read and talk about I am doing. Which first started off with a hypoglycemia diet, which I practice by stretching out my meals to fill in the gaps in between and making sure I get enough steady varied calories. Then I took care of my sleep schedule in the manner I described above. The more sleep, the better. 9 o’clock bedtimes are preached to anyone with AF. I am pretty lazy outside of work and I dont get myself wrapped up in anything that is taxing in any way. I try to relax, stay calm, and let things go. I’m supplementing with a small amount of cortisol to help take a slight load off my adrenals, reduce inflammation, and to help reset my diurnal rhythm. I was WAY past being helped by anything herbal, which I was on for 5 months without any results, sometimes even felt worse. I’m knocking out candida (well trying to at the moment 🙂 and testing for any other infections/ toxins. And as of tuesday I’m going through the hormone tests.
My best advice is to learn as much about the adrenals and the hpa axis and everything that effects them, then do the best you can to locate any problem areas via tests and treat by first removing stress from the afflicted organs as much as possible and supplementing wisely only where necessary. Research, research, research. If you have any questions I’ll be around. Drop me a line anytime.