Started this as a simple question and on writing it down it morphed into a bit of a muddled offload. If you could persevere I would be eternally grateful.
Here’s the question: Does anyone have any experience of “Adrenal Gland Concentrate” described in the brochure of the company as “a high potency adrenal glandular supplement to help support adrenal function”? I think that I am struggling a bit with the fact that the tablets contain adrenal concentrate from a bovine source. (Please note that it is sourced from a reputable company and have been recommended by a BANT-registered nutritionist.)
Background (WARNING – if in a hurry I don’t advise getting embroiled in this background): Had my adrenal function tested last summer 2012 (24-hour salivary cortisol and DHEA) PRIOR to being diagnosed with hypothyroidism in January 2013. (I have been struggling with my health increasingly for about 12 years and after being refused blood tests by my GP last June, even though I was once again feeling dreadful, I turned to a local nutritionist.) The cortisol levels came back within range but the DHEA levels all came back low - "out of range" and the diagnosis was "pre-exhaustion or pre-adrenal fatigue". Through the nutritionist I started to take a magnesium supplement, some 7-ketozyme and high concentrate fish oil tablets, as well as something to boost my iron levels which I was taking through Autumn. Although I was as yet undiagnosed thyroid/anaemia….and the rest-wise, I did feel a bit of improvement. It all kicked off health-wise about Christmas, I had broken another bone and asked for a bone density scan (“Why do you want that?” – guess who!). It came back that I had osteoporosis, and follow up blood tests revealed anaemia/neutropenia and hypothyroidism.
At my first haematologist appointment (Jan 2013) I was asked to stop taking the supplements and just take the Ferrous Sulphate tablets prescribed daily (as well as the meds for thyroid and osteoporosis). The anaemia is much improved and at my most recent haematologist appointment was congratulated on much improved readings though Ferritin is still low (24). That was early May. I have been continuing with 2 x Ferrous Sulphate tablets daily taken with Vit C, and keeping it well clear of the calcium, in the meantime.
My GP has reached a point whereby (I think?) she considers my thyroid is sorted. My latest test results (April 2013) were TSH 1.87 and T4 13.4. Checking around this seems to be within range. My hypothyroidism is caused by antibodies which were 135 in Dec 2012 and 79 in April (should be below 59?) Don’t have any other information thyroid-wise as it took me two visits to the GP to get this (the first time since I had seen her since diagnosis in January???!!!!). She bit my head off when I asked about T3 and I was told that unless I am a trained professional I won’t be able to understand this information. (My existence is severely compromised by my physical health. After both appointments I walked home weeping with frustration.)
Still suffering a lot of the symptoms from pre-diagnosis. Have got to the point where I am thinking it must be my adrenals. (Just a reminder for those who have persevered– haven’t been taking those since January.)
But nervous……. and overwhelmed, hence I think just wanting a bit of re-assurance about the bovine adrenal gland supplement.
Any advice gratefully received.