Adrenal or glycogen exercise intolerance,Adrenal issue or low glycogen?

Answered on February 09, 2014
Created January 31, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I need some input from somebody that can explain whether or not my symptoms have to do with glycogen depletion. I've had adrenal issues before but recovered from them last year and this feels similar to that feeling but without fatigue. I have Hashimoto's and take a small amount of compounded medication to manage it. I do health coaching for a living so I'm familiar with salivary testing etc. I just can't seem to figure out why i can't tolerate exercise.when I do even the smallest amount of exercise that has to do with weights I feel horrible afterwords. Today is a great example. I did 10 minutes of heavyweights with no heart rate raising at all and within 10 to 15 minutes felt terrible. Like I have the flu achy just terrible. I have a blood pressure of 90/70 average, I weigh 130 and am 5'6", my resting heart rate is around 55 or 60, my fasting blood glucose is 76 and my postprandial blood glucose is about 85. I'm wondering if I might be eating too low carb? Everything I read talks about nausea I don't have nausea I just don't feel good after I exercise. Any input would be great. I do not do well on vl-carb diet with past experience. But I've never had these symptoms before. Thanks in advance for any resources or information you can give about feeling terrible after exercise. PS I eat vegetables and protein and fat for breakfast. Strength is good with no noticeable decline in muscle but I just can't recover worth a crap. I only workout with weights three times a week otherwise I walk about 4 miles a day at an "elderly Basset hound pace" (I have four dogs who sniff their heads off so by no means am I moving rapidly). ANY input would be helpful.

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on February 09, 2014
at 02:10 PM

Thank you.... My entire iron Panel is good. I always check iron sat, iron serum, tibc, uibc, ferritin. I also have has partial hyst. No moe periods here. I was anemic one time a few years ago and remember the heavy legs and bonking . This is different. I'm hoping it's glycogen so I can increase carbs even more and see I guess. Thank you for your input. I appreciate you both


on February 09, 2014
at 10:40 AM

I agree with the above poster. Having multiple births, blood donation, and regular menstruation left me with very low ferritin levels. The worst thing was the blood bank never picked it up due to my haemoglobin levels always being normal. Red meat eating helped my hg levels but I never had extra to restore my iron stores. Exercising became a nightmare. Legs felt like lead and fluey feeling similar to what you describe. Iron sups restored 80% strength in 2 weeks. I up the iron when menstruating and have broken up with the blood bank until I reach menopause. The other sign of too low iron is excessive hair loss. By the way, I also do dreadfully on VLC which could also be a problem for you. Makes me feel similar to the iron deficiency. Any female of menstruating age is at risk for iron deficiency, especially if you are a regular heavy exerciser.



on February 07, 2014
at 06:29 PM

this may be a long shot, but it reminds me of a situation I read about...the guy turned out to be iron-deficient.


on February 07, 2014
at 06:24 PM

No on has any ideas?



on January 31, 2014
at 09:37 PM

sorry for a double post. Thought original message had disappeared

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