I am literally at rock bottom with my adrenal fatigue. I have no social or dating life, I am rapidly gaining weight, my memory is getting worse, I'm starting to stutter and take longer to comprehend basic conversation and information. My cognition has deteriorated significantly over the past two years, from a creative writer and fierce debater to a mere inarticulate amateur. I lead a lonely life, preoccupied with the seemingly false hope of a miraculous recovery one day.
I find every passing day an effort. I cannot hold down a job without driving myself to severe exhaustion after only a couple of days. I cannot exercise. I sleep deeply for 10 hours every night, waking up feeling unrefreshed and groggy. I am prematurely aging and losing hair.
No method of adrenal support has helped in any way, whether it's nutrition, supplements or even salt to balance my electrolytes. Adrenal extracts, vitamins C, B5, adaptogens, earlier sleep, improved nutrition, T4 support - none of this has relieved any of my symptoms, and instead aggravated them.
The progress I have made is relatively good, but not good enough for me to enjoy an even decent quality of life.
I'm coming to the conclusion that I probably need some direct cortisol support, in the form of hydrocortisone.
Saliva tests indicate low cortisol and DHEA, but that was months ago when I was feeling slightly better. I'm suspecting my cortisol and DHEA are lower now, especially with the loss of body hair and poor sex drive.
Any advice? I know that the NHS does not acknowledge adrenal fatigue. It would take months on a waiting list to see an endocrinologist.