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I know that dehydration can be a cause of mouth ulcers. Are you drinking enough water/salts after your exercise?
Another thing to consider is that you likely breathe heavily through your mouth during exercise, which can dry out your mouth even more. You could try swilling some olive oil or coconut oil around in your mouth after exercise to prevent that dehydration.
Any thoughts?August 23, 2017 at 9:18 am in reply to: Breakfast dilema: body wants dense protein but Im getting sore eyes from it :) #12830
That’s a really tough dilemma that you have!
My first instinct would be to say that there is some kind of food sensitivity, but the range of foods that is causing the headaches is just too broad. If it was just cheese and yogurt then we could all blame dairy and it would be easy!
Eating a protein-heavy breakfast is usually considered a good thing for satiety, blood sugar, etc. I’ve never heard of it causing headaches or sore eyes before.
Have you thought about making your proteins a little easier to digest? For example, you could eat scrambled eggs instead of a boiled egg? I wonder if all that protein is overloading your digestive system somehow in the mornings. If so, chewing your food for longer might help too. As would drinking water with your meal.
Alternatively, focusing on improving your digestive health might be a solution. You could try taking lots of probiotics and prebiotics for a few weeks to see if that helps. Other ideas might be digestive enzymes or Swedish bitters.
I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to try!
Hi fedup. Is your shallow breathing correlated to stressful situations? It sounds like you might not yet have reached the point where you can deal with significant stress. Feeling overwhelmed can trigger symptoms like shallow breathing.
It might be worthwhile keeping a diary of when this is happening, and writing down what is going on in your life each time.
In the meantime, keep eating well and exercising!
Awesome advice, thanks Teesh!
For me, 2 of the most important were B-Complex and Ashwagandha. You could also consider some vitamin C and another adaptogen. But everyone’s situation is different. One of the most crucial things is to increase the amount of nutrients that you get from your food. So for example, you might want to eat some avocado or pumpkin seeds most days, to make sure that you get enough magnesium. Fawne’s book contains lots of advice on the adrenal fatigue ‘superfoods’ that contain high amounts of these valuable nutrients.
I’ve heard good things about Dr Wilson’s supplements too. There’s also the list of supplements compiled here:
For the most part, anything that gives you the energy ‘hit’ that you’re taking about will also tend to tax the adrenals. Green tea is, as you’ve realized, much mellower than coffee and doesn’t give that energy burst that you might be used to.
I would look at the reasons why you’re so tired and craving that buzz in the first place. Are you sleeping well, or enough? Are you eating a nutritious, balanced diet? Do you do enough (not too much) exercise?
There are also supplements like D-Ribose that can help to boost your energy levels. The long term solution though, is to find out why you’re so tired and address the underlying cause.
I hope that helps!
Did your doctor make any suggestions? Were there any other tests that were out of range or almost out of range?
Honestly, those results are not too bad. A little high in the morning and a little low in the evening, but not enough to explain your fatigue. Did you get your thyroid levels tested? The problem might be elsewhere.
You can search in the forum for posts on hydrocortisone (or cortef). Lots of people find it very hard to quit, but it can be helpful in some cases. It’s better to give your body a chance to produce the hormones on its own if possible.
I believe that DHEA and Pregnenolone are better solutions, as I don’t think they prevent your body from producing its own supplies. Let us know how your test results look, and what you plan to do 🙂
[quote quote=11083]Prior to that, I was absolutely the picture of health, with the exception of having crippling anxiety and being a hypochondriac[/quote]
It sounds to me like your anxiety might be the source of your problem. It certainly explains the high cortisol levels. You need to try to get your stress and anxiety under control, as the longer you leave it the more your adrenal glands and HPA axis will suffer.
[quote quote=11083]He ruled out Cushing’s disease and said some people just have high cortisol levels due to stress.[/quote]
This is a really weak answer from your doctor. He should be suggesting things that you can do to relieve your stress and get your anxiety under control.
Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing are all good ideas. Fawne’s book contains lots and lots of ideas for reducing stress. You can also make changes to your diet to give your body a better chance of coping with stressful situations. Giving up caffeine is the most obvious one. Quitting added sugar will help too. And supplements like adaptogens can help to moderate your body’s response.
I hope that gives you a few areas to start on!
Actually one of the consequences of modern life is that more and more people are experiencing so-called “middle-aged” conditions earlier.
It might be worth asking your doctor if you fit the diagnosis for Stress polycythemia. If so, reducing your stress and anxiety, combined with some dietary and lifestyle changes, might make a big difference.
I’m not an expert, but I did a quick search for this and found a condition named Pseudopolycythaemia.
Here’s a paragraph from WebMD:
“Stress polycythemia is a term applied to a chronic (long standing) state of low plasma volume, which is seen commonly in active, hard working, anxious, middle-aged men. In these people, the red blood cell volume is normal, but the plasma volume is low. This condition is also known as Gaisbock’s disease, stress erythrocytosis, or pseudopolycythemia.”
Perhaps your red blood cell count is actually normal, but it looks high because of low plasma volume?
I see it now!
I believe there are a few companies that do the 24 hour salivary cortisol test. Just make sure that it has 4 different collection times during that 24 hour period, and that they are analyzed separately instead of mixed together and averaged out.