I'm from Germany. I'm 46, two kids. Since about 10 years I actually don't feel good anymore. 5 years ago I was diagnosed with micro prolactinoma, last year hypothyroidism too. I was actually hypo already before, but until my TSH was under the magic line 2.5 the doc said my thyroid it's o.k., when the TSH level was 2.7 he said NOW I need medication...My cortisol and ACTH levels are in the lowest norm range, my DHEAS is very increased. I wonder if I may have adrenal fatigue too. My endo said this diagnosis don't exist, only Morbus Addison, but I read all the time about the symptoms and how many people are having AF.
I have stopped the meds for prolactinoma, because they had too strong side effects and now I'm on some ayurvedic herbs + sniffing rosemary and frankincense oil as natural dopamine agonists. My last lab results were almost normal so it seems this works for me!
When I started with the thyroid hormones, my problems rapidly increased- I was terrible nervous, anxious, having fast heart beat, panic attacks and even more fatigue. I was on 50 ng L-Thyroxin. So the doc gave me beta blocker and reduce the dosage on 25 ng. My thyroid levels are now in the lower norm range again.
This helped with the most severe symptoms, but only for short time. Since more then 6 months I have severe anxiety, depressive moods, insomnia, no libido, I feel like under adrenaline many times, I'm loosing my weight constantly, I'm having hair loss, craving for sweets, very low blood pressure, cramps in my legs ( charlie horse), tension in my neck. Also fatigue is a symptom and poor stress resistance.
Also my period started to be irregular, I have skipped 3 cycles recently, so I think I'm in a peri menopause too.
But I wonder if the AF could be an issue too. I have read that the adrenals should be checked before starting with thyroid meds. Nobody did this. My endo don't take me seriously, although he is supposed to be one of the bests in the city, he suggested me antidepressants and psychotherapie. I don't want to accept that my symptoms are only mental! I know myself and my body very well. But I don't know what should I do, it seems that I won't find a doc who accepts AF as an diagnosis.
I'm practicing Chi Gong, Yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and I'm meditating to calm down, I'm a vegetarian, I drink no alcohol, no caffeine, I eat chocolate, but not too much. I also try to go to bed before 10, but I have to get up at 6:30, because of the kids. What can I do to help my adrenals without a doctor?
Now I have caught some virus and I feel very bad- fatigued and exhausted, but it's only a common cold, I even don't have a fever ( actually I had fever last time 10 years ago)...I'm scared that my cortisol is too low and my body isn't able to heal again. ( I have health anxiety too...) I feel quite desperate at the moment...
I would be very thankful for some advice or support!