If you are tired all of the time, you have entertained this option. Or maybe not.
Okay, let's start again. I am tired ALL OF THE TIME. Adrenal fatigue has been the best explanation I have found for this. [Also the best explanation my DOCTOR (yes, doctor, she has an MD, actually she's sort of fancy but I'll get to that) had for it.] I am ready for bed the second I wake up. It's awful. I've felt like this for a long time. It gets especially bad when I start working out regularly. Now, if you do any research on this topic you will find that there are mixed ideas on this even being a thing at all. In fact, a lot of the medical community does not believe that this is a real diagnosis. For me, I was diagnosed with depression for a long time because the only other thing they looked at, my thyroid, was fine.
I knew it was untrue the first time someone prescribed me Prozac. I don't have depression. Was I depressed my Grandmother died? Yup. Was I super happy? No. I've always struggled with existing. Not in the suicidal way, though. (I know because I have been there before.) More in the, what is the point of this living thing, kind of way. I've just never understood it. Sometimes I just take issue with it. But I don't think I'm depressed. So, that was a long road of about 20 different medications and combinations of medications that just led to weird side effects, general malaise, and definitely didn't help. I mean, yeah, when you prescribe me pharmaceutical cocaine, I'm gonna feel more energy for a little while but then I felt the downside when my blood sugar started crashing in the middle of the night (not that I knew what it was then, I just knew I was waking up shaking) and I felt like dirt. So I kept looking for new doctors.
I found this amazing woman in Latham. I had to drive quite a ways to see her, but it was worth it. She tested every bodily fluid that came out of me. Literally. Among other more gross things. I had all sorts of tubes and jugs in the house for a while. The part of the diagnosis that was relevant here was that my saliva tests came back with low amounts of cortisol. It appeared that I was not producing enough to spike in the morning and wake up. She then followed that up with a glucose test where I had to fast, get blood work, drink this sugar, and then get blood work again. I sat with a lot of pregnant women this day as they were having the same test for gestational diabetes. That led to some awkward conversations. In the end she found I had reactive hypoglycemia which she seemed to feel like confirmed the previous diagnosis. Now, I'm not a doctor so if you are and this is wrong, I'm sorry. The gist I got was that cortisol regulates insulin. Eating sugar instigates it but cortisol helps control it. When you run out of cortisol, your body goes to adrenaline to regulate it. Adrenaline is a very poor regulator and results in a lot more insulin being dumped into your system than necessary. Hence the sugar crash. It's reactive because more sugar will just create the cycle again due to the poor regulation of insulin.
So what do I do? Supplements. Rest. No stressful exercise (which I was definitely doing). Basically I was in later stages of adrenal fatigue and my body needed a break. I had burnt it out. So, in my mind, this is a very real thing. It made sense. What she said helped. Still to this day, if I'm going to tax my system with sugar or alcohol I have a lot of vitamin C to support my adrenals and when I wake up in the middle of the night hydro cortisone (chemically created cortisol) cream will stop the uncomfortable feeling and help me sleep. So, I get that the medical community's jury is out on this but mine is not. I saw the tests. I've felt it.
Now, I'm sure you're wondering, why did I tell you this story? It came up the other day when I had my Rolfing session. I had explained that I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. And in the middle of this guy telling me that I need to do "homework" for our next session by doing movements covering one eye and plugging one ear, he asked me who actually diagnosed this. Was it an MD? He then proceeded to tell me that the medical community has pretty much proven this isn't a real thing.
I was a bit surprised. This came from a man that practices something that's sort of alternative medicine. There's a reason I cannot pay for this session with my health insurance. I actually thought I could share that diagnosis for help and with understanding from a person like this. I'm pretty sure the medical community thinks you're insane, too. Not to mention the fact that, what was the point of saying that? I'm going to go, "oh, okay." Stop my vitamin C. Stop the other things that have been working because this dude pressing on the bottom of my feet, talking to himself asking I don't know what, "is it the hip? No. Is it the shoulder? Ah, yes!" I'm sorry, but your opinion on this isn't warranted or valid. The reality actually is that a lot of doctors HAVE gotten on board with this and have started to do research. Should it be characterized as adrenal fatigue? Maybe not. Maybe it's simply a deficiency of something, but that's all we've got right now. A commonly accepted name. Who cares what the name is if we all know what it is?
And I am in no way judging his methods. I mean, I believe I talk to guides and get messages. I also believe I can be a conduit for life force energy to help relax other people. I am just saying. I'm not going to go telling someone that their doctor gave them a diagnosis that isn't a real thing.
I feel like this turned into a rant and sounds more angry than I am. It's more a feeling of being perplexed by this interaction. I struggle to understand people that don't "walk the walk." If you still think it sounds angry, read it again with the word "perplexed" in your mind. It's there.