- January 23, 2017 at 2:00 am #10185
First, congrats on a truly informed and informative website.
Second, following eight months of suffering from AF (stress related) and starting a nutritional and lifestyle programme two months ago the most troublesome specific symptoms are as follows:
(1) Waking with numb hands on average 3-4 times per night during 8 to 10 hours sleep. This is often accompanied by aches in the side of shoulders and scapulae, neck and/or tight wrists. It is starting to cause aches in finger wrist and elbow joints. Circulation quickly returns.
I suspect this is a result of a mix of subsoncsious stress and muscle tension, shallower breathing, vulnerable nerves and possibly lower blood pressure due to lower cortisol levels.
(2) Eye floaters presumably due to the months of cortisol excess followed by under production causing lower collagen and ‘loose’ protein shadows in the eye gel.
Please do share your experience with these symptims and how to best address them. How long can this last?
Many thanksJanuary 26, 2017 at 11:27 am #10227
Thanks for your kind words about the website!
As you already know, symptoms of burnout and HPA axis dysfunction can present very differently between patients. As a syndrome, adrenal fatigue can impact many parts of the body, as you are currently finding out.
Chronically elevated cortisol can lead to lower collagen synthesis, which may in turn lead to the breakdown of some collagen in your vitreous humour, which can lead to floaters. So floaters can be the result of high cortisol levels and therefore low collagen.
The numbness that you describe in your extremities can be the result of imbalances in neurotransmitters and your central nervous system. Blood pressure might be a part of it too. It’s a fairly common complaint.
It sounds like you have done lots of research on this. My advice would be not to focus on treating these symptoms individually, but to stick to a plan that involves stress reduction, good dietary nutrition, sleep, and perhaps some supplementation too. There is usually no ‘magic bullet’ for adrenal fatigue. It takes time and patience to get better.
I hope that helps!
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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