I need to join an AA group for Adrenal Anger and recover from the shock and dismay that Doctors must be still being taught things from the dark ages. I wish I could get back 15 or so years of my life that have been wasted, not to mention all the money I've spent on all the mis-diagnosis and mis-treatment.
Why isn't Adrenal fatigue, insufficiency, exhaustion, etc....recognized by doctors????
Did you know it can take years for the Adrenal glands to slowly be destroyed and it's not until 90% has been destroyed that lab test will pick up problems?
Did you know that once you get to the point of Addison's disease, that if you are put on thyroid medication, that can precipitate an Addison's crisis?
Many with Thyroid problems are put on thyroid supplements and wonder why they feel worse or don't get better. The doctors never have a clue why.
I've only been able to tolerate low doses of thyroid supplements and can't understand why my free t3 and free T4 are so low. I can't raise the dose of the thyroid meds, because I have such a negative reaction. Once I woke at 4 am with such a severe headache I thought I was going to stroke out. My only answer has been to stay at a low dose of Armour and be put on blood pressure medication and live with below normal free T3. I drag through every day and keep being told to talk to a Therapist.
Why do doctors not know that if there is Adrenal insufficiency , the body's response is to suppress the thyroid function. These systems all communicate to each other. It doesn't take a Rocket scientist to understand this. Your Adrenal glands need you to rest and reduce stress, in order to do this, they try and lower the metabolism by suppressing the thyroid. Do we listen to our bodies??? No! We all have too much to do and not enough time.
I know now, that FIRST the adrenal problems have to be treated....then the thyroid can be looked at and supplements decided on. Everyone with thyroid problems should be screened for adrenal fatigue. On my own I did a saliva test that checked what my cortisol was doing 4x throughout the day.
In the early stages of Adrenal fatigue you will see abnormal patterns, as I had years ago, when my cortisol was low in the morning and high at night, but my doctor then didn't understand this. Eventually the fatigue progresses and I'm seeing this with me, all levels are low. My chart looks "flat line".
I'm a nurse, an R.N. but that doesn't matter. I've had to research and learn. We all need to teach the doctors! We need to be informed and question things. Yes, I know there are other things, like low Iron, so we also need things like Ferritin levels checked. Most doctors don't know that either.