Adrenal Fatigue ... About 2 1/2 months in...
by Joshua B
I am 30 years old experiencing adrenal fatigue. For the past 8 years I have been into working out, and working out very intensly. I've always pushed myself past my limits and then some. For the past 4 years I've been in the construction trade. Also have been big on eating healthy, which means constantly preparing foods, cooking, making shakes, adding in health supplements, kombucha. I lived in Wisconsin most of my life and lived this way, intense, on the go alot, also a big coffee drinker. I recently moved to Colorado where the elevation is much higher, which means less oxygen, and it took only about 3-4 months of living intensely here for the adrenal fatigue to kick in. Since then I have been aiming to go to bed around 9pm and wake up around 5:45am which gives me just a little under 9 hours of sleep. On the weekends I sleep in until I can't sleep anymore. I've been taking two tonics, one dealing with adrenal energy and the other golden mushroom which helps boost the immune system. I take:
Nutritional Yeast 2x tablespoons for b-vitamins
Apple cider vinegar
Cream of tartar (potassium) w/ orange juice and sea salt
Maca Powder 3 taps
Tribulus Testrius 1/2 tsp 2x
Liquid Magnesium (50 mg)
Cayenne pepper capsules
Glutamine for immune system
I eat alot of greens, potatoes, yogurt, kefir, fermented cabbage, kale, spinach, eggs, nuts, seeds, cheese, veggies, fruits. I do drywall finishing and I need it to survive, so quiting is not an option. I discovered if I wear ear plugs during the day it is alot less stressful. I have been doing alot of right things, I have already been eating pretty healthy over the years, so it's not diffict to muster of the discipline. I can feel improvement every week, yet there is extreme battles with depression, clear and stable mindset, worry and anxiety. At times it feels like I'm having a mental and spiritual breakdown. Yet I do have moments of peace and relief once in a while, and when things aren't going stir crazy, it's a mild obstacle to endure. I just recently found a good group to go to Sundays, otherwise been living in isolation, in a new place where I don't know to many people. Starting to actually miss the toxic people I left back in Wisconsin. I have alot of fear and anxiety in my dreams, and at times wake up in a panicked mindset. I have read it takes anywhere from 3 months to 18 months to heal from adrenal fatigue, the sooner the better. On the weekends I pretty much lay in bed for the most part, with the exception of grocery shopping and going to the gym for 15-20 minutes of sauna therapy. Oh I hope it doesn't take years to recover, I can feel improvements every week, yet still battling intense symptoms at times. Life definitely can be a twilight nightmare at times, and then shift to calm and peaceful, then anxiety filled panic, then irritability. This is definitely no fun, alot of people have no idea. Anywho, I'm looking forward to when I can write my recovery story instead of my enduring story. Can anyone give me a good glimpse into their hell they went through and the light at the end of the tunnel into recovery?