I am writing this question out of desperation, because I really don't know what to do now. I went to see my doctor yesterday and she confirmed my suspicions - it is very likely that I have Cushing's (or diabetes). My only question is why so many trained professionals missed it. I wasted so much time on all the complications that I got as a result of it.
After reading tons of articles this makes so much sense to me - I had all those weird food intolerances, digestive issues, incurable chronic gastritis and so much more. This also explains all my other various other ailments but does not provide any help.
Of course, I would need to go for further testing and this is exactly what I am going to do next week, but right now I am kind of scared.
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on August 22, 2013
at 12:00 PM
I've spent the last couple of years building my adrenals back up--I will throw out the more simple aspects of what I tried.
REST. REST. REST. Just do it. Sleep as long as you can, nap whenever possible, and eliminate as many stressors as you can (including toxic relationships). Anything that you can do that is peaceful is good: yoga, deep breathing, singing, warm baths, etc.
Any exercise needs to be gentle. If you push yourself at all, you'll pay for it.
Minerals are crucial--I recovered from autoimmune thyroid disease using mineral balancing, but it does require a lot of research and following your instincts. Read everything you can--autoimmune can be counterintuitive. I'd start with researching magnesium.
Stay positive and hopeful. Your mind creates your reality to a large extent. Be very kind to yourself while you recover...it does take a while, but I fully believe it's possible.
All the best to you!
on August 30, 2013
at 06:47 AM
UPDATE: I did not have a test for my cortisol yet, but I did get back the results from my insulin/glucose testing. It looks like I have hyperinsulinemia, not Cushing's. I react to carbs almost instantly and I was put on metformin. That is helping - so this is at least one piece of a puzzle.
The bad thing is my endocrinologist wants me to have bread (yes, it is not my imagination - she told me to have bread with bran with it!) and whole grains. Sigh. Yet another question for Paleohacks.
Thanks, Beth, Sabertooth and Varelse for your kind words and understanding - I know it is going to be okay.