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    Old 10-31-2004, 01:49 PM   #1
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    Adrenal Problems.

    I've been reading and hearing a lot about adrenal problems. I was diagnosed hyperthyroid/Graves.
    Looking around on the net I see a lot of docs do not treat this problem. Looking at symptoms, I dont think I have many, just the ones that are same as hyperthyroid.

    Are adrenal problems are real problem? Or is it like going to the chiropractor and them adjusting your bones? Just wondering anyones opinion on this and how often people are diagnosed with adrenal problems.

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    Old 10-31-2004, 02:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Adrenal Problems.

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    Originally Posted by AprilPow
    Are adrenal problems are real problem? Or is it like going to the chiropractor and them adjusting your bones? Just wondering anyones opinion on this and how often people are diagnosed with adrenal problems.
    People are not diagnosed with adrenal problems as often as they could or should be, I believe. I have been taking Cortef for my adrenal insufficiency for three years, and have read lots. I know less about the adrenals than I do about the thyroid, but if you have specific questions, feel free to ask. It IS a real problem and the symptoms are very real.

    As far as chiropractic being a viable treatment for some conditions, don't knock it. Chiro is GREAT for many things, if you have a good doc. That being said, I have never been to a chiropractor, but I DO believe that it can be helpful, when needed and used properly.

    Back to the adrenal thing. Look up Dr. William Jeffries, one of the pioneers in treating adrenal issues. His book, The Safe Uses of Cortisol is a GREAT reference for treating adrenal problems. Another book that is more user-friendly and less technical is Adrenal Fatigue: 21st Century Stress Syndrome by Dr. James L. Wilson
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    Old 11-01-2004, 05:21 AM   #3
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    Re: Adrenal Problems.

    Hmmm... what can I ask?

    How do you know symptoms are thyroid related or adrenal related?

    If you are indeed hyperthyroid, I believe I read somewhere that your cortisol is uauly elevated anyway since your body is running overtime?

    I'm not knocking chiro's. But it seems opinions out there, some swear by them and some don't. So it's not like going to a GP. (but I think most people on here would say the opposite given the trouble they've had!)

    How do I find a doc who look into this? Assuming my endo won't. Does insurance cover it? Or should I have an attitude of what and see with my thyroid?

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    Old 11-01-2004, 06:05 AM   #4
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    Re: Adrenal Problems.

    I can't find too many symptoms for adrenal fatigue. Here is what I found:

    1. Tired for no reason. - Sometimes, but couldn't that be from hyperthyroid? Right now I get tired from my beta blockers.
    2. Can't get out of bed in the morning, even though you've had enough sleep, still tired. - I never got out of bed easy, since being a kid. But I'm never still tired. Just warm and snuggley.
    3.feeling rundown and overwhelmed. - again hyperthyroid symptoms. Besides that I am a stay at home, find ONE that doesn't feel like that!!
    4.can't bounce back from stress or illness. - no problems there.
    5. Crave salty or sweet snacks. - I've been a chocaholic for as long as I can remember.
    6. feeling best only after 6pm. - Not true.

    Those 6 sound like a case of PMS to me.

    Thyroid symptoms from the list in this board:
    HYPO
    [ ] I am gaining weight inappropriately
    [ ] I'm unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
    [ ] I am constipated, sometimes severely
    [ x] I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.) I DO NOT FEEL COLD THOUGH, ALWAYS SWEATING. I start off the day with a temp usually around 97.4 but I think I've always been like that- nothing new.
    [ ] I feel fatigued, exhausted
    [ ] Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
    [ X] My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
    [ ] My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
    [ ] I have a hoarse or gravely voice
    [ ] I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
    [ ] I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
    [ ] I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it's getting worse
    [ ] I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
    [ ] I am having trouble conceiving a baby
    [ ] I feel depressed
    [ X] My moods change easily
    [ X] I have feelings of worthlessness
    [ ] I have difficulty concentrating
    [ ] I have more feelings of sadness
    [ ] I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
    [X ] I'm more forgetful lately

    I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism:

    [ X] My hair is falling out
    [ X] I can't seem to remember things
    [ X] I have no sex drive
    [ ] I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
    [ ] I'm snoring more lately
    [ ] I have/may have sleep apnea
    [ ] I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
    [ ] I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
    [ ] My eyes feel gritty and dry
    [ ] My eyes feel sensitive to light
    [ ] My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
    [ ] I have strange feelings in neck or throat
    [ ] I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
    [ ] I get recurrent sinus infections
    [ ] I have vertigo
    [ ] I feel some lightheadedness
    [ ] I have severe menstrual cramps

    Hyperthyoid- they dont have as many symptoms listed:

    Palpitations YES
    Heat intolerance - YES
    Nervousness- YES
    Insomnia- YES
    Breathlessness - YES
    Increased bowel movements - YES
    Light or absent menstrual periods YES (once every 3 months it seems)
    Fatigue- at night, late afternoon
    Fast heart rate- 140 lying in bed!
    Trembling hands- YES, everyone makes comments when they see me doing things, like decorating a cake, can't do it right now.
    Weight loss- just a few lbs, I eat so much.
    Muscle weakness- YES
    Warm moist skin- MOST OF THE TIME
    Hair loss- YES
    Staring gaze- Not s ure what this is. If literal. yes I tend to stare a lot, but not sure if referring to Graves.

    Thanks!!!
    April

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