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Old 01-23-2005, 12:58 AM   #1
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Need help please. Is this Adrenal Exhaustion?


Approx a year and a half ago, I started to feel dizzy when leaning forward. I have never been the same since that day. It also started as a kind of brain fog/pressure behind the eyes and in the forehead. When this comes on, it makes me feel stupid (sounds stupid I know). Then came the tinnitus and the insomnia. Since then I have never slept a solid 8 hours since. I have been given a Brain MRI which is normal (Dec 04), every blood test known to man. I have seen numerous specialists (GP's, Neuro, ENT, Rheumatologist etc). Neuro and Rheum has dx CFS/M.E. Thing is, the symptom pattern just doesn't fit. I am still able to work full time. The anxiety, panic and depression are totally out of control. It is destroying me.

The main symptoms started last September then died off a little from Jan to Nov and then started again. I have been dx with Carpal Tunnel and TMJ. The symptoms of this are frightening. I have nightmares and very vivid dreams (sometimes I almost feel awake and asleep if that makes any sense!) - I can be asleep for a few hours but it doesn't feel like I've been asleep at all, broken sleep (no problem getting to sleep but always wake up around 5:30 - 6am, tinnitus, carpal tunnel, anxiety with panic, depression, lowed back pain, sore throat, burning eyes, nervousness, testicular pain, servere short term memory loss, clumsiness, inflamed tip of nostril, flatulance, belching, stage 4 sleep deprevation, pressure in forehead and behind eyes, brain fog, pains in back of head/neck, traces of blood in saliva, yellow phlegm, cold hands/feet. The worst feeling of all is as though I'm going mad and loosing my mind. I can't seem to make new memories, and I just get random thoughts of the past in my head for no reason (asleep or awake!).
Whenever I lie down at night, it seems to be worse. The back of my head hurts, my neck hurts and I get headaches in my forehead. Then I begin to panic, thinking I've got something seriously wrong with my brain.
My thyroid results have come back as normal (TSH, T3 T4). Recently I had a hair mineral test which came back as normal. The ASI Saliva test is slightly more worrying.

Here are the results :


Cortisol Levels

Result Ref Limits
Sample 1 (07:00 - 08:00) 17.0 12 - 22

Sample 2 (11:00 - 12:00) 6.5 4-8

Sample 3 (16:00 - 17:00) 4.1 3-7

Sample 4 (23:00 - 00:00) 0.5 1-3

DHEA Levels

Sample 1am 2.21 0.3 - 0.7

Sample 3pm 1.65 0.3 - 0.7

DHEA : Cortisol Ratio 7.9 0.8 - 3.5

Adrenal Stress Type: Inappropriate DHEA response. Generally indicates excessive adrenal fatigue along with the use of exogenous DHEA. It might also represent a recent and/or rapid plunge of cortisol levels after been excessively elevated from over stimulation over a long period of time.
A Low midnight cortisol is suggestive of suboptimal adrenal functioning. DHEA levels are elevated, reflecting elevated ACTH with an imbalanced response from the adrenals. This could be due either to an inappropriate DHEA response or to some external stimulii (eg drugs, hormone supplementation, treatments to increase adrenal function).


I have been to see my GP and showed him the results. He is going to refer me to an endrocologist. Will they just look at my thyroid or can they adress adrenal exhaustion too?

What can I take to try and fight this? My diet is very good and I am taking vitamin suppliments. I don't drink, dont smoke, dont drink fizzy pop, don't really get enough excercise (related to depression - always just want to sit around except when I have to go to work!).

The most upsetting thing about this is that I have a beautiful 2 year old son and a Wife who I love more than anything, but I feel that I am destroying their life too!, I can't seem to live in the present or look forward to any future. When I do, I just panic thinking the worst (terminal illness, not being able to function, can't even picture a future).

I know I have overdone it with negative thinking over the past few years (I didn't want to have children and I didn't (and still don't know why) - think it was because I was abused when I was younger, I am a bit of a loner (don't have any close friends). This is due to having 2 jobs and a business. Since being bullied at School, I always felt the need to proove I could be good at something, so I have acheived a lot (big house, flash car etc.). I would give it ALL up instantly just to have my health back.

I pray to god that I get answers soon, as I don't think I am strong enough to carry on much longer. I'm sorry for sounding so negative but I feel so down at the moment.

Thankyou for listening,

God bless,


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Old 01-23-2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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Re: Need help please. Is this Adrenal Exhaustion?

Post this on the Addison's board with a reference to Chris-he can help.
Good Luck!

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Re: Need help please. Is this Adrenal Exhaustion?

I understand how you're feeling. I've been there too. Except at my worst, I lost everything I had. I almost lost my husband. My depression was so bad he couldn't handle it anymore. My health is still not really great but the depression isn't there now. Things are getting better for me.
Hang in there with both hands clenched tight as you can to that rope.
My prayers are with you.
God Bless.
Live, Love, Laugh.

Old 01-23-2005, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re: Need help please. Is this Adrenal Exhaustion?

I can't seem to make new memories, and I just get random thoughts of the past in my head for no reason (asleep or awake!).

--This part is very interesting to me... I have been going through this for several months now. I am currently going through a bunch of test to rule out anything medical. Bloodwork showed that adrenals were ok, but my next test is a 24 hr urine sample to rule out a very rare form of adrenal disease. If you find out ANYTHING-medical or not- please post it........and I'll do the same.
Good luck to you and I sure hope you feel better soon!!

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