October 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm #8896
I was wondering if any of you would like to share a helpful tip or success story? I’m really interested in learning what is “working” for other people. Food? Supplement? Medication? Ect.
Here’s a few things that I think have helped me:
Melatonin has helped me to keep me from waking in the middle of the night. This is huge for me bc as they say ” no major life problems get solved at 3am” and I was driving myself nuts.
Eating a high protein breakfast. This was not easy for me as I am not very hungry in the morning but now I drink a protein shake w blueberries to limit sugar and it’s been helpful.
Cut out caffeine. OMG this was the worst, but I am on day 10 and I think the worst is behind me.
I quit drinking. This straight up sucked and continues to do so. cheers
I still struggle with episodes of low blood sugar, they are getting better.
My problem now is…I’ve been so not myself for so long that I’m starting to get really depressed. I have started Sepia ( natural coddlefish ink) so we will see how that works. Does anyone have any experience with anti-depressants? I can’t imagine they are good for your adrenals. They are a last resort, but some days I feel like I’m at my last resort.
Any suggestions and hopeful bits are much appreciated!October 17, 2016 at 9:55 am #8903
I sounds like you’re doing lots of good things for your health. Congratulations! In the long run, your body will definitely thank you 🙂
Have you considered that you might still be suffering from withdrawal effects from the caffeine (and possibly the alcohol too)? It can take up to 3 weeks for all the effects of caffeine withdrawal to pass. That might explain why you are still feeling under the weather.
You didn’t mention exercise in your post. That’s one of the best antidepressants there is. If you can get up and out of the house for a walk every morning, that would be a huge help I’m sure.
I suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, and I'm here to help as many people as I can! (Note that I'm not a doctor!)October 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm #8916
I have been on anti depressants most of my adult life ( I am almost 50 now) I am terrified of coming off them though as my last breakdown was horrible and I could not cope with that again, or put my family through caring for me again with that. I know I need to do more in the way of exercise but I hate sports and getting sweaty and hot, I do go for walks in cool weather, its a pain as I am built to be sporty and yet prefer to read books and cook ( started making soups and low carb home made meals since a diagnosis with Diabetes as opposed to cakes and bread) once I start walking I am ok, its just getting going that is hard.November 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm #9446
Generally, I think this whole AF thing can make one feel depressed with all we have to go through. I personally try to stay away from meds unless it is a must.
Regarding my own healing journey, I was also told to do the protein in the morning thing and cut out the caffeine. Other things in addition to this was to:
1) Go to bed a a decent hour – 10pm – 10:30pm and sleep in a dark place with a wake up time of 9am or thereafter. I was told rest is important for the adrenals especially during the early hours, hence why sleeping in until at least nine is beneficial. I did the sleeping in thing for awhile – almost regularly like this for about a year – and it really worked.
2) I took adrenal supplements for a while and then came off (as per dr’s directions)
3) No strenuous exercise, etc. There are energy giving/building exercises, like chi gong/qigong and tai chi, that give you energy rather than it requiring and taking away like most western exercises do ie the gym. Some stretches are also good. When ready, I also went for very short walks -what I could handle – and then built up to 45 minutes a day.
4) Surround yourself with positives – as much as you can – which can include:
a) being in a stress-free/non-toxic people environment
b) having a quiet relaxing space you can go to- inside and/or outdoors
c) doing things that promote/focus on your healing and well-being
d) engaging with supportive people who themselves have a good sense of health and well-being
5) Seek out a medical practitioner that supports the journey and knows how to treat AF. I went the naturalpath direction, with a traditional dr who was supportive along the way.
Best on your recovery
MaryUNovember 30, 2016 at 5:59 am #9577
Awesome post, thanks Mary 🙂
I suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, and I'm here to help as many people as I can! (Note that I'm not a doctor!)
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