I've had a few weeks where I the daily flushing/nausea/shaking episodes had eased off. But this week, they seemed to be returning.
This afternoon, I had a dramatic demonstration that they must surely be related to adrenal dysfunction. The morning had been ordinary, with me simply pacing myself through the usual chronic fatigue routine. I was feeling perfectly "normal" and had just written an email to a friend. Moments later, it occurred to me that a little joke in the message could be misconstrued and seem a bit insensitive. It was the sort of thing that normally might cause a little blush and a follow-up email saying, "That was a joke, btw!" Nothing more.
But this time, that thought - and it was undoubtedly just the thought - instantly caused my whole body to break out in a soaking sweat and I started retching. I could feel my heart racing fit to burst and the muscles in my neck and arms went rigid. This lasted for about 10 minutes. Typing now, about an hour later, I seem to be almost recovered, but am left feeling shaky and nauseous.
I have noticed various internet forums on autonomic dysfunction where people talk about "adrenaline bursts" and/or "catecholamine dumping" .
I've had a cortisol level done last year, and a couple of thyroid (LSH, T3 and T4) levels done in the past, but not in any systematic way. I've been referred to endocrinology but wont be seen until next March.
Anyone have any thoughts or experiences on this? Any ideas for "first aid" while I wait for this appointment? Or what information to gather prior to it?