Originally Posted by coop_mom
bigeyes, that's quite bizarre about the smoking, though could it be a stress thing? I would think that smoking is relaxing for smokers, so it cuts down on stress...
I've looked at everything I can think of. I've been through a marriage and a divorce, heavy stress, at times worked several jobs at once, had plenty of money and no money, had a stalker, had a murderer for a neighbor, moved several times...maintained my health through all of that, then I get sick when things are relatively OK? That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?
Maybe I thrive on chaos. But then when things really fell to he!! a couple of years back I got my sickest ever, so it doesn't seem to make a difference whether I'm stressed or not, single or married, can't find a climate connection since I've lived all over....the only constant I've found is smoking or not, and I notice the effects almost overnight.
But I can't justify $60 a week for smokes and there has to be a medical reason why it makes me feel better other than just the cortisol. I thought I was nuts until I started hearing the same thing from other women, most of them either fibro or thyroid patients, so there is a connection there. I keep tweaking the cortisol dose and feel better for a while, think I've got it whipped, then I feel lousy again. I seem to be cycling faster now instead of having years of remission I only get a few months and then I crash again...don't know what that's
I've also seen adrenal fatigue related to PTSD, so maybe stress causes setbacks? That makes sense. Maybe smoking kept my nerves more level? The thing I read a long time ago that set the bells ringing said something about cortisol stopping the adrenaline rushes, and that seems to be what I was having for most of my life, these rushes of adrenaline that I thought everyone else had, too, only they didn't.
Since I started taking cortisol I no longer shake when I get upset or angry, and I've done that my entire life as far back as I can remember. I still get sick if I don't eat when I need to, but not like I used to, immediately getting so sick to my stomach I almost threw up if I didn't remember to eat every 2 to 3 hours. Apparently that was all adrenaline and the cortisol balanced that out. When I smoked, it did the same thing. Now, you go tell a doc you're having those symptoms, and what do they give you? Xanax and antidepressants, which didn't help me at all, just made me sleepy and I still had the same physiological
symptoms, caused by excess adrenaline.
For 35 years I was bone thin, ate enough for 3 people, and doctors all thought I had a mental problem and prescribed tranqs and antidepressants.
I'm no rocket scientist, but I don't think it takes one to see the flaws in their reasoning.
: I kinda think I was just a big ball of adrenaline and someone (with medical training) should have seen it before I did, yk? But with all my research I still haven't found where anyone treats this other than by self-medicating.
Is it possible fibro is what you get when you've burned out all your nerves from years of over-reacting by being in a constant state of fight or flight?
What if fibro and adrenal fatigue are the same thing? Or closely related?
Or do you get one disorder and they just keep stacking?
Originally Posted by coop_mom
I've been sick for weeks (think I caught my DS's cold a while back) - I think it's time to start feeling better, who's with me??
Me! I've had a cold for over a week. They seem to hang on longer now, ugh. Everyone else sniffled for about 3 days, and I'm still miserable.