I couldn't find a recent adrenal post, so I'm starting one. I need help. I've been feeling poorly for the last five years, crappy for the last two years, awful for the past year and now I just feel like I'm about to collapse. I started suspecting a thyroid problem two years ago, and finally started getting answers almost a year ago (Graves Disease, but I don't have hyper symptoms). I also have another set of antibodies (TBII) but I was feeling so hypo I kept trying. At the end of this summer, I got a new doctor who tested rT3 and my numbers were way high. My iron is also low too, but he didn't say anything about that. I'm working my way through trying to get iron to take. As I learned more about it, I insisted upon testing my adrenals. Low and behold, they are low.
Here are my results. The reference ranges are:
8am 0.025 - 0.6, noon <0.01 - 0.33, 4pm 0.01 - 0.2, midnight <0.01- 0.09
10:00 am 0.073
I converted them to nm/mL because that is how most people see them:
6 am 3.12
10 am 2.02
3:30 pm 2.4
9:35 pm .52
My DHEA-S was 63.8 ug/dL (ref range 98.8-304)
I went to my doctor and was given a list of supplements to buy. Then I shared the list with an online group and they didn't like the adrenal support - they said it was better not to get a formula with a lot of stuff because you never know what works and what doesn't. SO now, through my brain fog, anxiety and frustration, I need to figure out what to do.
The bigger issue is that I am totally overwhelmed. I'm a teacher who is lucky enough to have someone teaching with me most of the day. She is doing a lot of the work for me and I feel bad about it. This is my first year at the school and I am so disorganized and forgetful I know I am not pulling my own weight, and as the quarter comes to a close I'm having a hard time fulfilling my responsibilities like contacting parents about low grades and grading. At home, I am tired and frustrated and yelling and snipping all of the time. I feel like at any moment everything is going to collapse around me. I keep finding things I forgot to do or need to do and I get so stressed out! I really feel like I need a break and would like to figure out a way to apply to my school system's sick bank, but first I'd need to use up my sick days. This would leave me with none if my kids get sick, and my husband can't take off work some of the time (he is in sales and unless he is dying he can't miss appointments as they often are made weeks in advance). I was hoping my doctor would suggest it, but he didn't. I feel like if I say something it might mean I'm just trying to get out of work. I proposed the idea to my husband but he is against it, and I know other family members would react similarly.
Looking back, I went through a major depression in 11th grade and basically dropped out of school for awhile (with permission). I did work at home and after a few months I started feeling better and went back to school. This is similar in a way; I'm really overwhelmed now like I was then and since I've always been high strung and stressed out I would not be surprised if that was related to adrenals too.