- October 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm #8894
Has anyone tried Cortef? Pros and Cons? I’ve heard it can be really helpful but may shrink the adrenals? I’m advanced AF. I’ve had to take a medical leave from work. My Dr. has me on licorice root and American Ginseng. I am also takign Sepia for my moods and anxiety. Feeling shitty has made me depressed, I’m not generally a sad or anxious person but this AF has me going nuts. Thanks for any info and HANG IN THERE EVERYONE!February 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm #10356
NO! Unless it’s to save your life, hydrocortisone or cortef, is a steroid that i have been trying to wean off of for months, along with the drug withdrawal side effects and the side effects from the drug itself, it’s something I would never do again unless it was life and death, i would be more on the road to recovery if it wasn’t taking so long to wean off of this stuff 🙁February 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm #10357
Thank you! I stopped taking it a few weeks ago.February 4, 2017 at 11:27 am #10365
Thanks for the update, Teesh. Can you share with us how your other therapies are going? The licorice, ginseng and sepia? Have you made any changes to your diet or lifestyle?
I suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, and I'm here to help as many people as I can! (Note that I'm not a doctor!)February 4, 2017 at 6:58 pm #10373
Honestly, I think the Licorice and Ginseng weren’t aggressive enough treatments.I would suggest everyone get a second opinion. I wish I had sooner, What really helped me with my hormones, moods and overall feelings of wellness was when a new Integrative Dr. put me on PREGNENLONE 100mg. This made me feel like a human being again and I think stabilised my hormone levels. I also did a full food allergy panel which I would highly recommend to everyone with Adrenal Fatigue or gut issues because it showed that I have developed a ton of food allergies. For example, I am now highly allergic to dairy, wheat, yeast, chocolate and tomatoes. I was eating these food everyday, so you can imagine how much better I felt when I eliminated them.
I also get a B12 shot every week.
In Sept I was at like a 20% battery life and it took a lot of time and work on myself but I am happy to say that I feel like I’m around 70% and getting stronger each week.February 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm #10375
It’s great to hear that you’re getting better! The importance of a good doctor can’t be underestimated, especially one who is skilled and experienced in correcting hormone imbalances. As you probably know, pregnenelone is the so-called ‘mother’ hormone , and can be converted by your body into DHEA, cortisol, the sex hormones, etc.
It’s great that you brought up food sensitivities/allergies. Latent food sensitivities are such a common cause of fatigue, but they often go undetected for decades. The fact is that most of us need to get really sick before we start looking for them.
It sounds like you’re on the right track 🙂 Please do keep us updated!
I suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, and I'm here to help as many people as I can! (Note that I'm not a doctor!)February 13, 2017 at 7:15 am #10490
Teesh, How long were you on Cortef, how many MG a day & how long did it take you to wean off? Did you have any side effects? I’m slowly weaning down, but it’s taking a long time, my body is done with it, but I realize I can’t hurry it either! Much luck to us all, we WILL get through this & be WELL!
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