Originally Posted by hippiemom
A good friend of mine has adrenal fatigue, has had it most of his life but suffers now from intermittent muscle and nerve pain. He is doing cortisol therapy which helps, but is not the whole picture..
Any and all advice/input about diet therapies (which I will enthusiastically be helping him with, have seen miracles in that realm!) and other supportive natural treatments welcome and appreciated
cheers, wise mamas!
Sometimes it's something more (or in addition to) adrenal fatigue. Sometimes the adrenal fatigue is caused by another underlying issue. And muscle and nerve pain are indicators of that (strong ones).
What types of medical tests has he had?
Mitochondrial disorder causes both of those. And most doctors are unaware of adult onset/symptomatic mito disorder. It's one of the most common metabolic disorders. CPT II is another common metabolic condition that affects muscles. Both can and do have adult onsets.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common and can cause that pain and adrenal fatigue symptoms (and it often goes with adrenal fatigue).
As far as tests if he can do that he needs a vitamin D ( 25 (OH) D) level. In additon, I'd test coq10 levels and carnitine levels (looking for mito and metabolic signs/deficiencies associated with that which can cause those symptoms) Alternitively, Metametrix urine test was helpful in picking up needs for certain supplements including the ones associated with those metabolic conditions if he can get that.
Does your friend snore or have fatigue? Because sleep apnea can (and does) cause both nerve and muscle pain as well. You would need a sleep study in the hospital. Sleep apnea wrecks havoc on health.
If he can't get tests I'd do the following supplements (in order of importance given his symptoms and likely causes):
vitamin D (5000 IU D3 per day should be safe no matter his levels but I strongly encourage him to get levels tested so he knows if he needs more)
coq10 (epic4health brand particularly--that is important though any brand is better than none) at 200 mg. per day. If he is going to get the metametrix or lab coq10 he'd do that before he starts supplementing. This supplement (epic4health) improves levels very quickly. I and both my kids use it per our geneticist and most doctors treating coq10 deficiency related disorders use only that company (tischon corporation brands). But again any is better than none.
A basic b vitamin
aceytl carnitine supplement, regular carnitine is ok too. Split doses better than one does.
If he snores, put a tennis ball in a pocket of a shirt and put it on backwards. He won't cure serious sleep apnea but it might reduce episodes. Ideally, he'll consider a sleep study and if he has apnea he'll treat it. I use a mouth device successfully that insurance covered. It's comfortable and has made a world of difference.
Protein in the morning/for breakfast.
Prioritize sleep. This is partly why the sleep apnea affects nerves and muscles..they regenerate during sleep.