I can't believe this thread is still going...well, actually I can because really, who doesn't have crappy adrenals these days?
@bayosgirl87, I wonder if you damaged your pituitary gland (or even hypothalamus) during your fall? The pituitary sends hormones to the adrenal glands while the hypothalamus is the link between the brain and the pituitary--so you see why damage to either of these glands could cause adrenal issues.
@sparkprincess, I think you have to try out exercise and see how you feel - but give yourself a few days or so to see. Last spring/summer I was taking loong walks (like 12 miles) and even though they were at a leisurely pace and I felt SO good (emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc.), after a few days, I felt physically awful. For months I was feeling the physical effects of those walks. But sitting around doing nothing isn't healthy either. this spring, I'm going to start out reeeaally slow and just do 1/2 mile or something and give myself a few days to see how my body reacts and increase from there. I've read about runners taxing their adrenals because the body sees it as a stress... But we're definitely designed to walk, so I'm going with that.
As for supps, how about some glandulars? And as for the weight, you're supposed to notice things as you come up from a lower zone of adrenal fatigue. For example, I'm in zone 7, way down low. I have almost no cortisol. As I come up, I'll go through a phase where I switch to having more cortisol and for some reason, I may feel worse as I heal and I might gain weight (I'm pretty slim at 5'9 and 125lbs.) Have you done an ASI? Perhaps you have high cortisol which is the beginning stages of adrenal fatigue and contributes to weight gain. It's helpful to know where you are on the ASI. At some point, if stress continues and your adrenals don't heal, cortisol goes from being high to being depleted.
@jihan, I took that Gaia supplement as a sample for a week or so and I really liked it but I've read that rhodiola can be a stimulant for some people. It's the only ingredient that jumps out at me as possibly being the explanation for what you felt.
My ND started me out on pregnenolone at slowly increasing amounts of 3mg and I worked up to 30mg/day - and it helped. Then I didn't see him for a while and another doc put me back on pregnenolone and I started out taking 100mg a day and I began to feel INSANE. On the final day when I felt like I was going to jump out of my own skin, I had to run outside and throw myself on the grass just to feel grounded enough to breathe. i then looked at the new supplements I was taking and decided that the huge dose of pregnenolone was to blame so I stopped taking it and felt normal again. I don't know what my body was doing with it, but it wasn't happy.
The way the body works is, it makes pregnenolone from cholesterol (so pregnenolone is at the top of the hormone cascade.) From there, things are directed to the most vital needs of the body, the adrenals being at the top so prenenolone is directed to cortisol production to support the adrenals and the other hormones are neglected.
Some of the last few posts list supplements but not food... Eating liver (and other organs) is huge for healing the adrenals (which will heal the thyroid and raise progesterone, as well as other sex hormones.) My ND said that diet played a HUGE part in healing the adrenals and he was a big fan of the WAPF diet (minus the grains) and keeping blood sugar/insulin levels low and steady because blood sugar swings will further tax the adrenals since they're "in charge" (in a way) of regulating blood sugar. One of my fears has been developing diabetes because my adrenals are so tanked. So IMO, eating a diet that isn't high in carbs/starches/sugar is important for adrenal healing. As uncomfortable as blood sugar spikes and the resulting insulin dumps followed by low blood sugar is, I'm glad I can feel it because it alerts me as to which foods my body does not like. If I eat white rice cooked in water, I feel surreal and like the insides of my body are shaking, but if I cook white rice in bone broth with lots of raw butter on top, I feel completely fine. So I think the way you prepare food can have an effect on how your body processes it as well.
I've recently begun drinking strong nettles infusions because nettle is supposed to be wonderful for all of the glands, particularly the adrenals. I've also read about maca but haven't tried it yet. Has anyone else? Has it helped?
I focus our diet here on pastured animal meat/eggs/dairy/fat and lots of fresh, organic, local veggies and fermented vegetables. I try very hard to eat seasonally because I think eating, say, almonds or apples or strawberries all year long isn't what nature intended. We eat A LOT of fat because that's the raw material needed to make hormones, and kids especially need all of the best raw material (food) to have healthy hormone systems (girls tend to need more fats for hormones while boys tend to need more protein for building muscle.) Lots of butter (both raw from 100% grass-fed cows as well as organic pasteurized from grass-fed cows), lots of lard from pastured pigs (awesome source of vit. D!), super high quality olive oil, coconut oil and lots of full-fat raw 100% grass-fed dairy. TONS of eggs from organic, pastured chickens, mostly beef for protein from 100% grass-fed cows and some poultry (also organic, pastured), and a little bit of pork (also pastured.) We join a CSA every year and buy from the farmers' market during the winter (and grow some.) We do eat potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as winter squash and occasionally some legumes in chili.
We haven't eaten seafood since Fukushima because I just don't know how much radiation contamination there is at this point. But that's another huge issue for every living thing on this poor planet which is showing up as an increase in low thyroid function which doesn't help the adrenals either. My doc gave me a list of supplements for our family to take to protect ourselves from the radiation but so far I've just had my head in the sand because I don't have the money to buy all of it (or the adrenal function to face it.) :( The list was: pectin (from fruit or supplements), fulvic acid from a company called Mother Earth, zeolite and magnescent iodine.
I've read that miso prevented workers from developing cancer after a nuclear disaster in Asia and it's so good for your gut health anyway... Nearly three years have gone by and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the extent of this radiation crisis and what to do about it.
Well, that conversation didn't help my adrenals. Goddess, it's so hard to stay positive sometimes.
As far as adrenal supplements, I think I mentioned what my ND gave me in the first post of the thread. I've been taking Dr. Ron's adrenal capsules instead of Mil-Adregen and I like it. I can get the B vitamins and vitamin C from other sources. I haven't been taking pregnenolone but I probably should. I was recently told (not by my ND) that I have mercury in my thyroid that is causing my thyroid not to function optimally and that even if I were to take dessicated thyroid, it wouldn't help because I'd still have the mercury issue. My doc assured me that it would be okay to take IMD to detox the mercury while nursing my 3 yr old, but my mama instincts say not to (and so does the website.) It's pretty frustrating because I love nursing my toddler and neither one of us is ready to wean but I'm spending money trying to heal myself when I've been told the mercury is just sitting there. AND, I just turned 37 and I'm not sure that I'm finished having babies. The pressure is on but my body isn't healthy enough to grow another healthy human right now and I'm not sure when I'll be able to squeeze in a heavy metal detox.
I know it's immensely controversial, but EMF and microwave technology is also something to look into. I know I'm sensitive to both and I don't use a cell phone and I won't let my kids near one. We don't have wireless internet and our land-line phones are all corded and I have a sign on our electric meter stating that we don't consent to having a smart meter installed on our property. :) And we have a couple of giant cell towers nearby and hey, a nuclear power plant and a superfund site, too! Woot! At some point, you have to step back and accept that you can't get away from everything, but it ain't easy.