I have been thinking a lot about adrenal supplements lately...I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue four years ago, and told that I would need to be on Medrol (4-6 mg daily) for the rest of my life. My doctor is a so called Hertoghe doctor in Belgium. I was also told I would not be able to take HC, as I tend to retain fluid. However, I was told that when I was still on thyroxine only, and looking terribly bloated.
For the past two years, in my (so far vain) efforts to wean off the Medrol, I have tried several supplements. I have managed to go from 6 to 4 mg of Medrol daily, but that's it...as soon as I go under 4 mg, I develop symptoms like sluggishness and less effect from NDT (I am on Erfa).
I have read everything from "you should be able to wean off adrenal support after 4-6 weeks on it" to "some may have to stay on it for life". However, if you need to stay on it for life, then you suffer from adrenal sufficiency rather than adrenal fatigue, right...?
Recently, I have tried a product called ADR Formula, by Pure Encapsulations. It seems really potent, and I seem to have much more energy...however, sometimes, a bit too much. This product contains whole adrenal along with some cortex. So now, I am wondering if the best thing for adrenal fatigue is to stay on ACE products only, rather than taking whole adrenal? I am not sure the body needs the extra adrenaline from those products...
Has anyone successfully weaned off synthetic drugs like Medrol or prednisone; somehow, I have the impression that is harder to do than to wean off natural hydrocortisone? Or is it possible to switch from Medrol to HC and, from there, slowly wean off it completely...?
I'd appreciate any input and advice from people having successfully weaned off synthetic drugs.