Adrenal Fatigue Question

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ksp56, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    I've had thyroid tests, showing I'm in the 'normal' range. Still don't know if I believe it. Have too many symptoms. Will, hopefully, be seeing a holistic MD soon.

    BUT... I wanted to know if I could take something for Adrenal Glands without having any type of test? I am exhausted and very, very stressed with the holidays, and several family issues.

    Any advice is welcomed!

  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Like Jam, I've had very good results with adrenal glandular products. Two I've tried are by Standard Process: Drenamin and Drenatrophin PMG, also Cytozyme AD by Biotics Research.

    What helped me most with my adrenals was a chiropractor who was very skilled at muscle testing. I had gone to my regular doctor feeling quite weak, he just prescribed an antidpressant which I couldn't tolerate. Then I saw the chiro who immediately found my weak adrenals with muscle testing and gave me Drenatrophin. Initially I had to take about 3 times the regular dose for a week or so, and then continued taking it for a couple of more months, but my energy started to pick up within a couple of days. Also, a good B vitamin complex and extra pantothenic acid are very important. Pantothenic is crucial for adrenal health and helps support the adrenals in times of stress.

    You still may need thyroid support as well, even if your tests are "normal".

    Also, I'm sure you know that sugar, caffeine and alcohol are all very hard on the adrenals, so go easy on them.

    Good luck!

  3. nleer

    nleer Member

    I am back on board and was reading your post about some glandulars for adrenals and Vit. B complex and the pantothenic Acid.
    I have had fibro for 20 years and it has progressively gotten worse. I am now in bed 95% of the time, but I have a cortisol insuf. and my cortisol levels aren't even registering, they come back below normal. When my cortisol levels aren't up then my thyroid doesn't work even when taking thyroid meds.
    I know it is all connected and I am seeing an integrative specialist after the first of the year. Has anyone else you know been bedridden with this disorder and I can't drive sometimes. I get too weak and lightheaded and I don't want to drive like that. You sound very educated about Fibro and if you can help me I would certainly appreciate it.
  4. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I have CFS, not fibro - I don't have any pain. My chief symptom is "post-exertional malaise" - delayed onset exhaustion which hits some 24 hours after exertion, and lasts for a couple of days, plus a weak immune system, also general lack of stamina.

    Having said that, the weakness and lightedness sound very familiar - that's how I felt when my adrenals were wiped out.

    What I have recommended to people many times and still recommend is to find a good chiropractor who knows muscle testing. It's relatively cheap compared to a doctor, and this testing has helped me several times when the docs just didn't know what was going on, and their tests showed nothing. But then I would have the muscle testing done, and bam! (like Emeril :)) the problem would show up, and much of the time the chiro was able to help me.

    I can't say enough good things about the adrenal glandulars. When my house flooded I thought I was dealing with things just fine till about mid-week when I felt this bone-deep weariness and discovered the stress had done a number on me, again I got help from the chiropractor and an adrenal glandular.

    One way to find one who does the muscle testing is to call the Standard Process customer service line (google them), and they will give you the name(s) of practitioners in your area who buy their products, and these people invariably do muscle testing. It may sound voodoo to some people but I don't care - I was desperate when I first saw the chiropractor and I didn't care what anyone thought - it was cheap and if he could help me, great, and if not, not much lost - and I am eternally grateful that I found him.

    Best wishes -

  5. nleer

    nleer Member

    Thank you Mary for your response. Although they say I have fibro it is mostly my hormones that are off. After taking prednisone for over 40 years it has damaged the HPA Axis my pituitary doesn't function correctly, adrenal cortex is shot, thyroid is off, and I too have an immune system disorder(agammaglobulimia) which means I can't fight off infection(due to weak adrenals). I am on antibiotics all the time plus I take IV's once a month for the immune disorder. I have to find a dr that treats hormones. I think I have found someone so we will see if she knows what to do. I wish I could wave a magic wand and cure everyone from all this!! It is so debilitating and I am in bed 95% of the time. Here's wishing you well and have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  6. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I wish you well too! I really hope your new doc is able to help you. You definitely need one who treats hormones. If she can't do it or you're unhappy with her, you might try a naturopath. (and don't rule out the chiro!)

    Best wishes,