(Middle East )
Since I'm on day two of recovery of a light crash, I thought I would be useful and share.
I have had something "wrong" for about 5 years.
I had crashed a number of times and one time when I went up the Zugspitze mountain, I suffered from altitude sickness. Now being a cardiology physiologist, I knew that meant something was wrong with my heart.
I talk to my colleagues and they do a bubble test right away and low and behold, I had a large patent foramen ovale with a right to left shunt. This is a huge hole in my heart's atria where it shunted the 'dirty' (unoxygenated blood) into the oxygenated blood flow. So no wonder I felt really ill.
Anyway got that fixed and thought "great, I will feel better now!!"
Nope!! Still exercise intolerant, dizzy, fluctuating bp, low heart rate, cold sweats, became gluten intolerant but apparently not celiac although they tested me for that whilst I was gluten free for about 6 months!! Low T3, became profoundly fatigued, aching, nausea, stomach cramps so bad at time I was doubled up in pain. Sore legs, sergeants line test on my arm revealed white line forever!! No red marks appeared. Quivering pupils, orthostatic hypotension,
Now, this is where it gets interesting. I did a saliva test, it showed an almost flat line of abnormally low cortisol thru out the 24hr period, I had 5 blood tests all of which showed abnormal low cortisol although blood tests aren't the greater predictor for low cortisol, because it reveals bound and unbound cortisol. I had all the symptoms. My GP refers me to an endo but places me on prednisolone for good measure. (Thank god!) this helped a lot!
I go to the endo. He doesn't subscribe to saliva tests and dismisses it as rubbish! He does a short synacthen test WHILST on prednisolone!!! My blood cortisol shows abnormal low!! The synacthen test comes back normal. He fobs me off back to my GP!! My gp is astounded and really doesn't know what to do next!
So I remain on prednisolone but I still crash from time to time if I over exert or have stress. So I have to adjust the dosage to suit the activity, which I am still learning to do.
What does one do??
Ok I tried vitamin regimes for years!! Albeit it might have helped the slow progression rather than a fast progression. Nonetheless I feel if one is already at exhaustion phase, I don't think it matters, other than ensuring one has proper nutrition to keep somewhat healthy whilst the adrenals go down hill or the ups axis goes all to pot.
I could be wrong of course, which I am happy to admit. However I am only talking about my journey.
I tried vitamins etc, I was already really healthy prior to those last few years, kept my weight down, ate only organic, drank lots of water, exercised regularly, practised meditation, etc etc.
I still landed up here. Is all I am saying as I lay in bed on day two of recovery from a crash, doing all that is suggested.
Thanks for reading guys, anything you have to offer will be gratefully accepted.