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General Update #2

General Update #2
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So, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m actually doing rather well! My thyroid levels are finally reading well, meaning that my on-going fatigue (which has been gradually getting better) is likely due to my adrenal fatigue, in the form of high cortisol. Rather than to do with my thyroid. 

Yep. I not only have hypothyroidism, but I also have adrenal dysfunction. Ahh, it’s never-ending is it?! I was inadequately 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 medication) which contributed to my adrenals struggling. You can read more about how this occurs here.

I started taking Seriphos once a day for my high cortisol (taken at night) and it seems to be helping. There was this one day I forgot to take it and felt awful.

I have been taking Seriphos for two months so far, and my plan is to take it for another month, then retest my adrenals again. If your doctor won’t check your adrenals, you can very simply order testing yourself here and here.

I will need to be off the adrenal support (Seriphos) for at least two weeks, though, before doing my adrenal stress profile test, so I will be doing the test in about six weeks.

I have read James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book and it was 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.

I’m nervous that when I come off it for a month, I will feel bad again, but I have my holy basil left over from before, that I guess I could use, which is better than nothing at all, if I really feel unwell from suspected high cortisol, still.

My thyroid test results still read well, and I am on 2 grains of NDT a day. I feel optimal and I feel pretty good. NDT has given me my life back, that’s for sure.

Do remember that you can keep up to date with my personal health journey via Instagram. My Instagram is updated with realtime updates and you’ll be able to follow along as and when everything happens over there!

Have you overcome adrenal dysfunction? Have you tried NDT medication?

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

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About Author

Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts and at events about the many aspects thyroid disease affects and how to overcome these. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her bestselling books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".


  • Anar
    April 4, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hi, Rachel,
    Thank you for the helpful information! Could you check hyperlink to Genova test? I cannot open it.
    Thank you!

    • Rachel Hill
      April 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Thank you for flagging – I’ve updated the link now!


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