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The sweet spot - adrenal/thyroid recovery

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Thanks for the great info on this site much of which Ive read in relation to thyroid issues.

I suffered from low body temperatures, low heart rate, fatigue and brain fog for around six years before changing my eating habits. As soon as I started on a Paleo diet I felt better. Better again when I started regular low intensity exercise, better when I started sleeping longer and when I started eating a decent amount of fat, experimenting with ketosis.

I'm generally happy with myself when i get the balance right on the above. But on a few occasions I have felt extremely well, ie very full of energy and good sustained mood. The first time this happened was when I took dessicated adrenal gland. The warmth in my body went up greatly and for about 7 days I had a great amount of energy, almost an excess, it was an amazing high after feeling so awful for years. I replicated this feeling for a short amount of time after taking a dose of 4,000 iu D3. Confusingly, I also experienced great energy boosts and in a good way rather than the bad high blood sugar feeling I'm used to after eating a non paleo meal with sugar.

Several questions I'm grappling with follow:

Is it unrealistic to seek to feel that great all the time, full of energy and life? Has anyone else had similar experiences? In particular, does anyone know what would cause such a burst of energy after taking dessicated adrenal supplement?

At present I'm tackling my thyroid with kelp and selenium supplements - but my recovery seems to have peaked and I want to see if I can get a bit better still. Thanks for reading this far.

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on December 23, 2012
at 12:04 AM

You should absolutely do your research in finding the right doctor. The one I went to is ranked as one of the top in NY, so I felt comfortable with him. His wife is a nutritionist so he is also open to holistic healing, which I liked. And yes, once my imbalances were being addressed, I found that I wake up with energy and that foggy/semi=tired feeling has never come back. A major thing that helped me also was getting a grip on my blood sugar, mostly by just cutting out all sugar and cutting back carbs when I went paleo. As for meds- if you feel better, it's working. If not, it's not.

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on December 22, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Also, Ive read a lot about some doctors prescribing the wrong meds for thyroid/adrenal problems. I suppose the trick is just to find a good doctor?

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on December 22, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Has the feeling of having more energy lasted for you once you started taking the correct meds?

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on December 21, 2012
at 10:02 PM

I definitely agree with the above, in that you shouldn't be messing with this on your own. Seeing an endocrinologist will do you WONDERS in knowing what you're up against. I once felt tired and cold everyday, not even realizing it was abnormal until I reached a breaking point. Once I got my hormone and mineral panels done (Dr. David Borenstein in NYC) and put on a levothyroxine supplement plus adrenal support and some vitamins, it took a while... maybe a month or two, and one day I woke up and had SO MUCH ENERGY. And I realized I was comfortable walking around without socks on, too! It was amazing. You CAN and you WILL heal, but it will take time and require professional help.

I definitely agree with the above- a static blood test for a snapshot of hormone and vitamin levels, and a salivary test to give an idea of how these levels change throughout your day. Not all doctors will do the saliva test, so make sure you have the right people on your side.

Keep being healthy in your lifestyle, and feel better soon!

245cbe47a4a092c07f494233c4c28a5c

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on December 23, 2012
at 12:04 AM

You should absolutely do your research in finding the right doctor. The one I went to is ranked as one of the top in NY, so I felt comfortable with him. His wife is a nutritionist so he is also open to holistic healing, which I liked. And yes, once my imbalances were being addressed, I found that I wake up with energy and that foggy/semi=tired feeling has never come back. A major thing that helped me also was getting a grip on my blood sugar, mostly by just cutting out all sugar and cutting back carbs when I went paleo. As for meds- if you feel better, it's working. If not, it's not.

2abbead07ec4cf857e3125facd42899a

(35)

on December 22, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Also, Ive read a lot about some doctors prescribing the wrong meds for thyroid/adrenal problems. I suppose the trick is just to find a good doctor?

2abbead07ec4cf857e3125facd42899a

(35)

on December 22, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Has the feeling of having more energy lasted for you once you started taking the correct meds?

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on December 21, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Your experience could be (and I stress could) a symptom of adrenals needing support to heal themselves. Read this information on adrenal insufficiency and perhaps get a 24-hour, 4-collection, salivary cortisol test.

If you decide to get your thyroid markers tested, as akman suggests, get both TgAB and TPOAB thryoid antibodies tests. Most doctors will perform the TSH test without hesitation. You might need to work with a separate doctor or a naturopath (N.D.) to get the others, or you can order them yourself from Health Check HealthCheck also offers the antibodies' panel of tests.

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on December 21, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Go to a doctor. Get your TSH, FT4, T3, and thyroid antibodies checked. If you are deficient in any area, they will medicate you accordingly.

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