January 3, 2016 at 1:10 pm #4740RobertaRParticipant
I’m Roberta, I live in Italy (sorry for my bad English) and I’m 28 years old.
In the beginning of 2009 I began to feel very tired. Initially I was able to continue my life without problems (with positive and negative periods). However, in the last two years, and in particular in the last 6 months, my tiredness got worse, persisting for several weeks. I have difficulty getting up in the morning and I feel better only after 6.00 pm (so, many times it’s difficult to getting to sleep before 1.00 am). Probably due to my weariness I’m less productive at work and this cause me frustration and anxiety. Currently I’m a post-doc at the University. I like my work but sometimes it’s stressful (I think that all works in some periods are stressful!) My ability to handle stress or pressure has decreased, not only at work. Some days I often have to force myself in order to keep going and everything seems like a challenge.
During these years I did a lot of blood tests and other medical exams to find the causes of my problems. However, they were negative. Searching a possible explanation of my situation on the web (I have difficulties to have answers and helpful feedbacks from doctors, which seem don’t understand the relevance of my symptoms), I known the adrenal fatigue. I read your website and I think that I can suffer from it. What do you think?
Other people have my symptoms? Which kind of doctor can I consult to help me?
Any suggestion and opinion are very appreciated!
Finally, I would like to thank Fawne for this forum and the website, and you for your help and time!
Roberta R.January 4, 2016 at 7:57 am #4753AnnabelKeymaster
There are definitely some parts of your story that sound very much like adrenal fatigue.
1. Feeling sleepy in the mornings and ‘wired’ at night. This could be caused by a dysregulated cortisol cycle. http://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/cortisol-levels-change-throughout-day/
2. Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with stress. This can happen when your body becomes unable to produce stress hormones when you need them.
Do you find yourself drinking more and more coffee to get through the day? Cravings for sweet or salty food? These are classic symptoms too.
Fawne has added lots and lots of advice to this website. And the ebook that she wrote with Dr Eric includes even more. Its not about changing one thing – you need to look at all aspects of your diet, lifestyle, and the way that you handle stress.
I hope this helps a bit! Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂January 4, 2016 at 7:58 am #4754AnnabelKeymaster
I forgot to mention a couple of things..
You mention that you have had some blood tests, but have you done the 24 hour salivary cortisol test? That’s your best bet to find out if your cortisol cycle is dysregulated.
As for the best doctor to see, you should look for a functional or integrative doctor.
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