I have always been very lucky with my health, played football into my late forties and ran distance for many years without any serious injury, completing two marathons in 2013 at the age of 52. At that time, I was very busy with work and also renovating our bungalow. A few weeks after my last marathon I started to feel woozy, had a constant head cold/fever with an annoying hissing in my head, I felt a little weak but not tired and had a lot of uncomfortable muscle aches and pains. My NHS GP put it down to stress and effectively fobbed me off. I have pursued answers via private medical assessment/treatment and I have had many examinations, an ECG, numerous blood tests, head and thoracic CT scans, all revealing no serious illness. My physio initially treated me for T4 syndrome as the epicentre of my pain was in the thoracic region of my spine. Over the past two years I have also seen a Rheumatologist, a Chiropractor, an Osteopath and an Acupuncturist all without any real improvement in my condition. Recently, a friend of a friend revealed that she was also suffering from similar symptoms and suggested 'adrenal fatigue'. I visited a local Nutritionist for a food intolerance test, which was very interesting and she advised her diagnosis of adrenal fatigue. In parallel, I also sent of a sample of hair for a mineral analysis, which again confirmed adrenal fatigue. My recovery plan now is to remove the foods that I am currently intolerant to, eating more vegetables, taking prescribed daily Vitamin A and Multivitamins, getting as much rest as I can, taking moderate exercise (3 mile walks every day or so) and learning to meditate. I am 6 weeks into the recovery plan and on some days I don't feel too bad, but there may be a long way to go yet. I only wish that someone could have diagnosed my condition two and half years ago and I might be in much better shape by now. I would very much appreciate any tips from fellow sufferers or those experienced in treating sufferers to aid/speed recovery.
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