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7/18/07 at 2:23pm
I went to an ND after doing the saliva tests through Canary Club because everything recommended for adrenal fatigue (I am in Level 5 non-adapted low reserves cortisol burden 15) says, "do not take while breastfeeding." I wanted an ND to tell me what was okay to take.
The ND said the saliva test for adrenal function from Diagnos-Techs is very accurate, but the thyroid and hormone saliva tests aren't as accurate as blood tests. So although my saliva tests showed normal thyroid and hormonal levels, she wanted to do blood work for those things. I did the blood work two days ago and got the results yesterday. I have very low blood levels (below normal limits) of fTSH, fT4, and fT3 so she has put me on a natural thyroid supplement in addition to adrenal cortex and some vitamins. I also am anemic, according to the blood work, so she prescribed iron. She wonders how I get out of bed in the morning with everything so low (so do I).
I started taking the adrenal cortex two days ago and haven't slept in two days. I am irritable, cranky, vaguely nauseous, and extremely sleepy. I can't sleep. I only took one tablet of the 3 recommended daily of adrenal cortex. Sheesh.
I hope we can get these meds figured out so I can get some sleep and have more energy during the day. Right now I feel worse than before I started the supplements. Is this normal? Should I stop the adrenal cortex for a while? I've got to get some sleep.
She also wants me to nightwean, which I am dreading, and right now I wonder what the point is since DD is sleeping and I am not :
To the PP that asked how long labs take:
I got the results from Diagnos-Techs through Canary Club in 12 days. I got the blood work done locally in 24 hours (although it was supposed to take up to 7 days). It really depends on what lab you are using, I think.
|Other possible side effects include a general stimulatory effect that may manifest as anxiety, irritability, and/or insomnia.|
|The proper procedure is to start with a dosage lower than what is recommended on the label of most adrenal extract supplements (1/3 of the normal dosage), and then slowly increasing the dosage every two days until one notices the stimulatory effect. Once that effect is noticed then simply reduce the dosage to a level just below the level that will produce stimulation.|
I went through this back in February! At that point I had only had a blood test & was seeing a holistic doctor who believed in AF & felt that I had it because of my low DHEA, unfortunately, it wasn't her specialty. I Googled some of the supplements the doctor gave me for the adrenal fatigue, one of which is adrenal cortex (mine was "Adreno-Plus"). Here's what I found:
The label recommended 1 capsule daily, the doctor said to take 2 a day, no wonder I felt like I was on speed!
I have since found my wonderful ND adrenal specialist & I stopped taking Adreno-Plus & started taking the Mil Adregen & never felt wound up on it - and I take 3 tablets a day. Not sure why, Mil Adregen has more B6, maybe the way it's utilized in the body?
My doc has hinted around that nightweaning would be a good thing for me but when I implied that it wasn't something that I wanted to do, he never brought it up again.
Okay I need help here!!!
As I mentioned I have to do the saliva test on either monday, tuesday or wednesday. Well then at the bottom it says you should take your BBT and they say to do it on days 1-5 (or something in that range) of your cycle! I am not keeping my saliva all the way through to the next cycle, nor am I going to wait until next cycle to start all of this. I need these results quickly.
On their site they also say you should be taking your temp under your arm. Well I can't do that because I chart with mouth numbers and I don't want to screw it all up.
Do you think I could just send in the first 3 temps of this cycle and make a note that they are oral temps? I don't want to screw it up, but I don't want to wait a million years either. :
This is interesting ... i just read the first and last pages of this thread, and noticed that so many of the posters are nursing at night. I feel that this was the cause of my demise. DS night nursed for 14 months, waking up every 2 hours or so, and it just KILLED me. I got so tired and run-down ...
DS is now 24 months, and not night-nursing, but still waking up several times a night. He falls right back asleep, but I sometimes lay awake for an hour, trying to fall back asleep. Everyone tells me to nap during the day, but I can rarely manage it -- I lay down with DS, but cannot fall asleep, even though I'm really tired.
I also tend to feel horrible in the mornings. Getting up with DS is so hard, and I'm not a very good parent at that time because I feel so terrible. I thought that it was just the lack of sleep (plus hayfever, because to complicate matters I also have that!), but after reading the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, it really sounds like me.
If you got this far, thanks for listening. I will go back and read the entire thread now!