"Adrenal Fatigue is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms which include: body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems...it isn't an accepted medical diagnosis....Proponents of the adrenal fatigue diagnosis claim this is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. The unproven theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal. As a result, they can't produce enough of the hormones you need to feel good"
After experiences all the above mentioned symptoms, and after treatment...am improving and all my lab results are improving, how could this be made up? He says the symptoms are "nonspecific," but I think the more I have read about adrenal fatigue...we are all in the same boat! What this doctor was proposing about stress and fight-or-flight..I believe whole-heartily. It is exactly what Adrenal Stress is..and is not Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalga, like he is proposing...maybe related...YES, but Adrenal Fatigue is real and is certainly overwhelming and frustrating, when you don't know what to do and when you can't figue out what is wrong with you!
I think a lot of doctors don't accept Adrenal Fatigue as a real thing, because it isn't something they are taught in med school. They learn about Addison's Disease, which is an underlying disease that causes an insufficient adrenal gland. There is no money to be made in Adrenal Fatigue. After counseling with my nurse practitioner and reading about Adrenal Fatigue, by doctors that accept it and are helping people recover ever day, I know that I must do the following to be healthy and continue to recover (program taken from "Adrenal Fatigue: by Dr. James Wilson). Although I choose to buy my vitamins and supplements from James Wilson, there are many doctors now that understand Adrenal Fatigue and how serious it is and will help you on your road to recovery. Hopefully, they will tell you the following:
1.Be in bed by 10 at the latest and asleep no later than 11 p.m.
2. Try to sleep in until 7...9 is ideal. I laugh at this, because being a mom, I don't often get this luxury..but I have a supportive husband who will let me sleep in when I get the chance. Your adrenals like to sleep in...remember that.
3. Awake with a glass of water and add 1/2 t. salt
4. Have a balanced breakfast of proteins, fats, and small starchy carbs (unrefined)
5. eat a snack around 10:15 of protein/fats/carbs and rest for a few minutes with your feet off the ground. Also practice deep breathing.
6. Eat an early lunch, before noon..You don't want your body to get too tired or your adrenals will always be playing catch up. Getting too hungry, is like your body being too tired. always make sure you eat throughout the day. lunch should be a balance of protein, small amount of carbs and fat and three different colored veggies. Make sure to chew slowly.
7. 2:00-afternoon snack of protein/fat/carbs and rest for a few minutes.
8. Eat an early dinner..before 6 pm and have protein, unrefined carbs and three different colored vegetables!
9. 7:00-relax and practice deep breathing
10. Small snack before bed
11. in bed by 10 and asleep by 11.