Grasping at straws

Has anyone tried, or knows someone who has tried, using a VR headset as a way of trying to kick start the adrenal glands?

For example yesterday on GMB tv a reporter at the top of The Shard building who donned a headset to simulate sliding down a helter skelter on the outside of the building. Or perhaps navigating your way through a haunted house in the dark?

Just a thought . Maybe a nightly visit from a Bat Moth for some people!!!

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  • Hmm. Well, if chronic stress on the system was a good, there would be lots of people brought out of adrenal sluggishness, judging by the life events that they have gone through reported on this forum. The risk of using an acute shock is sending an individual into an adrenal crisis. Perhaps there is a perfect level? Anyone willing to be guineapig to find the optimal shock? Bungee jump? Shark cage? Traumatic removal of chocolate stash?

    Interestingly, for me anyway, was when I fell recently when on 19mg Pred, so probably no adrenal function at all. It wasn't at the end of the day either when Pred levels would be quite low. For hours afterwards I kept getting crashing blood sugars and the shakes, followed by fatigue later on a bit like a massive adrenaline rush.

  • I was not advocating recreating chronic stress situations. As I understand it, unlike bungee jumping or shark diving etc . with a VR headset you can take it off within a few seconds if you don't like the experience or select a subject to create a more pleasant one.

  • Have never thought of doing that. I have looked at an Adrenal Fatigue Diet book 'though - thought maybe nutrition could help.

  • Nope - bit more complicated than that!

  • Yup - I thought so when I read it.

  • Hi SusyTe

    I have a VR headset and have had a ride on a rollercoaster and sat on the back of a pterodactyl flying round an island both were fun but I havnt noticed my adrenals waking up. However if you fancy a headset get one they are very cheap now (even cardboard one can be bought) and see what you think.

  • Wow, Anne! My hubby is tech mad - if we got one of those I would never get a conversation out of him!

  • Hi Suzy, some wives might consider that to be a bonus.

  • Ha ha! My wonderful hubby keeps me sane with the voice of loving reason. 😍

  • Good for him! I tend towards the Victor Meldrew persona,

    according to my wife anyway.

  • Why should that kick start the adrenals?

  • Maybe Vent is thinking that forcing an "adrenaline rush" might kick-start them or something? I don't think it works like that - might put the adrenals under too much stress?

  • It isn't adrenaline you are looking for - it is cortisol...

  • I would try anything once if it didn't involve moving much. Don't know anyone who has though. VR could help with all sorts of fears phobias and maybe OCD so why not pain or like you say kick starting hormones in to working properly. Though a virtual Bat Moth experience might trigger a coronary.

  • I can't decide if your tongue is firmly in your cheek or you are being serious. You may have hit on something though the body can definitely be fooled.

  • You never know. Placebos have been known to work for some people, faith healing for others. Just as acupuncture works for some and does zilch for others. Everyone is different. I just find it hard to comprehend why Pred should be the only medication that works for PMR.

  • Because it's cheap and it works, so no drug company is going to spend millions trying to find an alternative. Plus it usually affects the older generation so there's no Kudos for individual scientists in finding a cure(!)

  • You are probably right DL, our generation is not a priority any longer as we are mostly 'non productive'.

    Pred is just one of the drugs prescribed to keep us pecking away until we fall off the perch.

  • It's the only thing that successfully manages the symptoms - and they can't develop something to "treat" PMR until they know the mechanism that causes it.

    Things will change with regard to us all being over the hill when we get PMR - younger patients are developing it and the retirement age is rising. By the time it reaches 70 it WILL matter. And they'll look more closely for better ways of managing it like there are for RA - but even there, nothing is perfect.

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