So I went to the naturopath today. He said he is 99% sure I have Adrenal Fatigue based on my symptoms and he said thyroid problems usually coincide.
I am getting blood work done tomorrow to confirm. I have had my thyroid checked plenty of times and it always comes back fine, but he said they may not have checked T3. He is also checking, DHEA, my hormones, and for some vitamin deficiencies. He sent me home with a list of supplements to buy. He said to start out with a good vitamin and CoQ10. When we get my results back we'll go from there. He said if I wanted to start taking an adrenal supplement I could and wrote down what one to get, but they didn't have it at Sprouts. My MRI results came back fine.
Oh yeah, he also said I *could* get the saliva test for adrenal fatigue if I wanted, but that he probably doesn't need it as he feels confident that I have it. Are there any benefits of getting it if you are already pretty sure you have it?
Is there anything else I am missing that I should look into?
Your body needs cholesterol, the first hormone your body makes from cholesterol is pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is further made into cortisol, aldosterone, DHEA & the sex hormones - your body manufactures whichever hormone is the first priority, so if it thinks it needs cortisol, it'll skip the DHEA, etc to make cortisol. Eventually, when you get in the later stages, your cortisol levels become very low - DHEA being low could be a sign of either mild, moderate or severe Adrenal Fatigue but you'll never know without a saliva test that measures your levels throughout the day.
My doctor wouldn't do anything until he had my saliva results back (even though he had my blood results from a different doctor), after that he came up with a treatment plan.
Your thyroid tests may *never* show anything abnormal, the adrenals & the thyroid are so interconnected, when the adrenals aren't functioning properly, there is almost *always* thyroid dysfunction.
My advice would be to just read as much as you can - try to get your hands on Chronic Fatigue Unmasked 2000 by Gerald Poesnecker.