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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 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?
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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 authoring books, writing articles, her email newsletters, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.