- October 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm #13318
Ive been told by my doctor that I have adrenal fatigue after a saliva cortisol/dhea test. it came back showing cortisol and dhea were high morning, 2pm and night, i thought that would mean that my adrenals are overactive but not exhausted otherwise they should technically be low not high. I had a major crash after getting viral vertigo 8 weeks ago, it made me so stressed to be dizzy all day and feel really sick that I have not been able to bounce back. I like to keep fit and active so it’s depressing i cant work out in the gym and when i do try the next day i feel terrible. I now have trouble with even a small stress causing me to get anxiety for days. I can’t distinguish whether anxiety is causing me to be sick and fatigued or adrenal fatigue (if i have it) is causing the anxiety. Anyone had similar issues with persistent anxiety from adrenal fatigue? and if so what worked to quell the anxiety? I really don’t want to take prescription drugs like valium, anti depressants or beta blockers if i can avoid it, i tried them and the side effects were not pleasant.October 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm #13319
I totally get what you are saying about the stress –> anxiety or anxiety –> stress etc. When I was at my worst part of AF, I was a hot mess in every way. Won’t go into details, but I know exactly what you are talking about.
Are you getting good sleep? That is what seemed to make the difference with me. I don’t know how viral vertigo exacerbates everything, but at least as far as the AF goes, I took Unisom sleep aid to make sure I maxed out my sleep. I used eyemask (better sleep quality, I totally recommend) and sleep relaxtion music till I started falling asleep then pulled earplugs…but for me, ensuring you get a great sleep seems to me the most effective and quickest way to recovery. I also quit coffee which was not easy, and only walked for exercise. I feel you frustration there too, I normally lift and do kettlebell (what got me in this mess to begin with, as I over trained to the point of frying my adrenals).
Hang in there, let us know how you are doing with updates.October 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm #13324
Thanks for the response. I think I am getting enough sleep but I tend to cycle between anxiety causing insomnia or fatigue causing me to need to sleep for long periods of time and not being refreshed afterwards. The virus I had put me in bed for a week hardly being able to get up for more than 2 hours and then last week I had some kind of relapse after too much stress. I suppose the hardest thing for me is the unpredictable nature of this illness, one day brings so many different ups and downs. The only thing that worked out of everything I tried to reduce anxiety was beta blockers, that finally calmed me down enough to feel some relief.October 8, 2017 at 10:12 am #13331
Also recommend magnesium and zinc, and staying hydration. Hang in there.October 20, 2017 at 7:14 pm #13434
Im perplexed about that myself. I dont know if my anxiety is physical or mental. I feel like our threshold for anxiety symptoms is MUCH lower than a regular persons because we cannot handle stress as well. I was having blurry vision, tinnitus, and lightheadedness which i thought was due to impending death or something but when I calmed down by meditating, my symptoms went away.December 23, 2017 at 10:58 am #13886
I don’t with severe vertigo myself and I can tell you that the tinnitus can cause the vertigo you might still have some residual from the virus in your inner ear and not realize it
The lightheadedness all of that can still be caused from the virus you had and that virus is a stress on the body which can weekend the adrenals and make you feel tired
I think we are just used to getting over things quickly when we were kids but it doesn’t always work like that as we get older
Anxiety and stress obviously can make you feel lightheaded and all of those symptoms and the only thing you can do is just try to be patient and keep incorporating what you know to be right which is sleeping well and when you have stress find a way to get away from it and close your eyes and try to relax and do meditation and unfortunately that’s all we can do aside from taking a strong medication to just dope us out
The only other advice I can give to people as a human being who has gone through it not as a doctor of course is to refrain from going on steroids no matter how natural or Bio-identical Compounded Steroids the cause they ruined my life and just be thankful you’re not on those because honestly they helped me for the first few months but then all of a sudden they give me all the side effects and now I can’t get off of them but being on them is just as much a nightmare
Find a way to relax do these lifestyle changes and stay away from steroids and sometimes you just have to be patient and realize they could take a couple of years for your body to completely repair that is not going to happen overnight
Best of luck and God bless
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