The test results reported on the last post could lead to a label of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is an unrecognized medical diagnosis. From the reading I have done so far, it seems the only acceptable adrenal diagnosis is adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease. Two of the hallmark symptoms of Addison’s are weight loss and hyper-pigmentation. I have weight gain and hypo-pigmentation. What I do have is fatigue and low blood pressure.
My Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Not feeling refreshed after ample sleep
Feeling tired most of the day with more energy after 6pm
Salt and sugar cravings
Feeling dizzy when standing up
Difficulty recovering after stress or heavy workouts (may take days)
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Stress can be from life events such as divorce, death of a loved one, or work. Stress can also be placed on the body from injuries, food allergies/sensitivities, and illnesses.
Two of the areas that are on top of my suspect list are food sensitivities and Lyme Disease.
The reason food sensitivities made the list is because of my low cholesterol level (133). Even with a mostly healthy diet, this may indicate poor absorption of nutrients in the gut. The investigation of this has been put on hold until the following has been dealt with.
This headed straight to the top of the list because of one of my test results. My CD 57 was 22. Depending on who you listen to, the range should be between 100-300 or between 60-300. Lyme will certainly get its own post in the near future.
Exercise and Adrenal Fatigue
It was strongly suggested that I stop stand up paddleboarding for awhile. The doctor explained it: you are operating with a 1/4 tank of gas. Any heavy aerobic workouts will use up the tank and leave you nothing for normal daily activities. That is why it can take days to recover from one workout. He suggested activities like Yoga, Qigong, and Tai Chi. He also mentioned that using a rebounder can be good for lymph function.
So, for now, I bounce away on the rebounder for a few minutes at a time and have started to learn Qigong. Both feel pretty good and do not require a long recovery period.