So I read this book, and finally I understand what JB's been all on about! Dear Jelly Belly has been beating the Adrenal Fatigue drum since for ages now, but I think it took reading about it for me to really get it. (and I like to read books).
I have some outstanding symptoms of adrenal fatigue. And I seem to be worse lately. I think this has to do with my early-morning shakiness - it is hypoglycemia brought on by (or worsened by) adrenal fatigue. Oh ho! My doc was heading down the path of heart investigations, which is nonsense and a waste of time/money.
I scored a low-moderate. Even more interesting, as I was reading the book, I was like "this is for sure my Auntie Em", so when I was at her house this weekend, I gave her the quiz, and she scored moderate-severe. Auntie Em needs her adrenals refreshed. She is much worse off than me. But as we're family and all, I could be her in a few years! Yikes. (Despite a super healthy diet, she is quite tired and overwhelmed lots of the time, has many chemical/food sensitives, it gets worse and worse)
A few things struck me in particular:
- I've lately been getting an AF that seems to stop at day 3-4, then spotting starts up again. WTIF! Well, makes perfect sense with Adrenal Fatigue. It's all there in the book.
- Increasing PMS symptoms
- My energy patterns seem to follow adrenal fatigue classic examples (with low thyroid)
- In the past I've felt a million times better on vacation, and not shaky at all
It feels kinda good to maybe know why I am feeling tired so often, and why it is linked to stress at work (which now seems like, DUH, but before seemed quite mysterious). And hopefully this is actually it, and it can be fixed, Hoorah! Imagine - living a life with vitality, not just dragging through it! I want that. :) (and then babies will magically fall out of my tummy, I am sure)
This even sort of makes sense if you think of it in TCM terms - you are using up your Qi with stress and bad diet (and bad teeth!).
So, I recommend the book. It's a bit poorly organised, but otherwise very informative. I'm going to try and live the "daily program for Adrenal Recovery", see if it helps. But I think I need supplements, and I'd like to talk to Dr Nora. Perhaps I'm cracked in the head, and it isn't this at all!