Adrenal fatigue. Yep. I not only have hypothyroidism, but I also have adrenal fatigue. Ahh, it’s never-ending is it?!
I was kept not properly treated for my hypothyroidism for so long, because I was put on a thyroid medication that didn’t work for me, Levothyroxine, a T4- only medicine, which contributed to my adrenals struggling. You can read more about how this occurs here.
I confirmed I had adrenal issues by doing a 24 hour saliva cortisol test through Genova, using Thyroid UKs info on the link. I had elevated cortisol 24/7.
I am currently reading James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book and it’s enlightening. It includes things I can do to recover from adrenal fatigue, such as changes in diet, supplements, meditation, staying calm and avoiding stress etc. and I’m relieved to see that I am already doing quite a bit of what he suggests.
The problem is, there is no ‘quick fix’ to having adrenal fatigue, and it’s going to take time.
I am currently taking Seriphos to naturally encourage my cortisol to come back down, after trying Holy Basil and seeing no difference. Seriphos is supposed to be very effective, so hopefully, combining it with the things mentioned in Dr Wilson’s book will help me recover. Both of these are available over the counter and recognised as safe to use. I wouldn’t use them without advice of your doctor/pharmacist though. It could be dangerous if you don’t need it or are actually allergic etc. to the ingredients.
Once my adrenal fatigue is fixed, or close to, I should start to see my last hypo symptom go – the fatigue and poor stamina. Although it has gotten better on NDT, it’s not fully fixed, but I will find a way. I’m sure it’s my adrenal fatigue causing this.
I’m looking at taking some vitamin C supplements as many sources say Vitamin C levels being topped up is also important when healing your adrenals.
I’ll keep you posted.
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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six WEGO Award Nominations, a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018. Currently studying to become a Life Coach, she has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community and has relevant qualifications and certificates in Diet and Nutrition, Reflexology, Motivational Speaking and Positive Thinking.