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I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after being vegan for 7 months. At first I received a misdiagnosis of stress-related lightheadness from an urgent care Dr. My GP said that once the thryroid stops working, there's no hope of getting it to work again and that I had to take meds the rest of my life. She couldn't even explain why I would have a thyroid problem; she said it could be age (I'm 28!) and "possibly antibodies." The added frustration was that I was told most insurance companies won't cover the meds. My levels were 1 above normal, so I didn't see why it wasn't possible to fix the problem without meds; I had even read that supplements can fix the problem (unless the levels are really high). Thankfully, I found an M.D. who is focused on natarual remedies. When I called, her assistant told me that they had helped women with much higher levels than mine get back to "normal" without meds. I have been taking a ton of iodine/iodide supplements and have been getting selenium from brazil nuts. I asked the natural M.D. why the other doc said it was hopeless and only meds would fix it, and she said they want to just give you something that usually works for most people. I said for the most part, I was getting 100% RDA from kelp supplements, and she said that 100% was "barely functional." I am still tired much of time, but I have been losing weight (1 lb/wk on avg.) almost every week since I was diagnosed. I was told that my vegan diet was fine, but I should steam all cruciferious veggies, eat plenty of sea vegetables, and not eat soy or sugar. I was also told that gluten may be a problem, so I have been trying to weed it out of my diet. I bought a filter for my shower (chlorine interferes with thryoid function) and that has helped my skin and hair a lot. I will be going back to get my levels checked soon. Since my lightheadedness has improved, I feel optimistic. Good luck everyone! I have a lot of empathy for you.
I have recently been told similar things by my naturopath. He put me on iodine supplements and maca, which is supposed to be replenishing for the adrenal glands. You can take maca as a concentrated supplement or as a powder added to smoothies. It tastes like caramel, and comes from the maca root in Peru I believe.
Also, do you drink coffee? I would suggest cutting that out, as well as refined sugar..hope that helps a bit!
I just recently found out that the source of a lot of my problems is adrenal fatigue. I mentioned it on one thread that someone else could have it but I never dreamed I would find other people with it as I really have little idea what to do. I need HELP!!!! So I will be subscribing to this thread.
My most obvious symptom was the dizziness when sitting , standing , lying down. But there are a plethora of others. So I am trying once and for all to cut caffeine out of my life and to get more seratonin and melatonin in my diet. I will be looking for hints from you guys PLEASE!!!!
Agh! it kills me that there are so many of us out there! I am the only person in my family who has hypothyroidism ( my family got tested after I was diagnosed) and it was pretty lonely at first. It was hard to tell how long I had it before I saw a doctor, because I didn't really know about it until I found out my thyroid pretty much, didn't work. My mom believed that it was a made up disease that I used to explain my mood swings, weight gain, and lack of concentration, among other things. My extended family kept pushing me to "eat less" until everything I ate the whole day could fit on a tiny snack plate. I pretty much had all the symptoms, except for high cholesterol and constipation (which the doctors and I believe may be due to a vegetarian diet). I'm now taking Synthroid, and eating whatever I want, whenever I want. Surprisingly, I've lost about 10 lbs, in the past 6 weeks, which I feel is pretty amazing. It's frustrating that the same thing doesn't work for everyone, because it means that you become your own personal guinea pig, trying to figure out how to heal yourself. It takes a while, and it can be difficult to understand that it will get better. I know I still have weeks where I feel like all of the symptoms are coming back, but for the most part, it's pretty awesome. I hope for the same for you too! This year marks the 14th year that I have called myself a vegetarian, so I'm way past the point of no return.
I think that for me, part of the journey has been the realization that I love my body, no matter what size it is. This body has carried me through 4 marathons, and I consider it to be no less than amazing, curves and all. :)
I also have been diagnosed with Hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue - by a DR who actually listens to patients symptoms, not just rely on blood test - and tries to treat the symptoms. One thing that I did not see mentioned in previous responses is Ferritin levels - low levels will affect thyroid function also. I am taking a short course of iron and then will get the levels retested. Something else to check into for thyroid function.
And to Animal lover - Im glad you found someone to listen to you! I have had to take prescrip Synthroid for my thyroid and have never had a problem with insurance covering it. (the natural way wasnt working well enough). I have heard that the generic synthroid does not work as well as the name brand - so if you have to go on it use the real stuff - and its not that expensive.
Hi all! I was excited to see this thread because I have dealt with a number of the symptoms that you guys are discussing and have spent the last few years looking for anything at all that will help me to feel better. I was not diagnosed with adrenal fatigue or hypothyroidism but adrenal fatigue is the only diagnosis that fits all of my symptoms. I have struggled with fatigue for several years but developed severe fatigue a few years ago, such that even after some improvement I can only hold a part-time job and am going to have to leave my PhD program :( After undergoing the normal battery of health tests along with three 24-hour sleep studies to see if I had sleep apnea or narcolepsy, my very expensive doctor recommended that I see a psychologist to deal with my "problems." Of course, I had mentioned to her many times that I had been seeing a therapist for several years to make sure that depression or some other mental illness wasn't the source of my symptoms, and had even tried several antidepressants with no impact on my fatigue (and that I am studying to be a psychologist so know the impact mental health can have on your physical health!!!). So...needless to say, I gave up on conventional medicine and continued detoxifying my life, removing all the chemicals from my home and starting a vegetarian, natural, mostly organic diet. This has helped somewhat and after buying Alicia's book I became a vegan flirt, but still consume some milk and egg products. I am curious if anyone has heard that a strict vegan diet is really helpful for those suffering from adrenal fatigue? I have also tried exercise, however I find that on certain days exercise wipes out any energy that I had left, so I feel unsure of what to do there. Also, I just want to join this thread to meet and support those who are suffering from these symptoms and let you know that there is at least one more person out there who knows that this is not "just in your head"!
I have been doing a bit of research and thought I would share some of my info.
Below is a list of Melatonin (Trytophan Based Food). Apparently these foods are for stimulating Melatonin and Seratonin in the body, which people with adrenal fatigue are deficient in.
Cherries, tart dried or fresh,
Turkey (of course we don't eat THIS. Just said it to point out this is the same stuff in turkey)
St. John's wort, flower
Fever few, green leaf
Fever few, gold leaf
St. John's wort, leaf
White mustard seed
Black mustard seed
Wolf berry seed
Green cardamom seed
Tart cherry fruit (Montmorency)
Milk thistle seed
Tart cherry fruit (Balaton)
Feverfew, fresh leaf
Feverfew, dried leaf
Pimpinella peregrina, dried root
Lemon verbena, young plant
Balm mint, young plant
Green cardamom seed
Art cherry, Montmorency, fruit
Tall fescue seed
Indian corn seed
Red radish root tuber
Japanese radish , stem and leaves
Tofu ,tempeh, miso
I also concocted my own weight loss/detox tea by using the bulk bins at my health food store. While I was researching this I learned a lot about herbs that are good for the adrenals and thyroid
Rose hips- These are so good for you EVERYONE should be getting them but for this purpose rose hips support the adrenals, relieve tension and regulate hormones
Ginger-Helps modulate cortisol levels
Nettle-Helps build your energy level, contains seratonin
Siberian and panax ginseng-works on adrenals to reduce fatigue, fights exhaustion and depression
Licorice- adrenal stimulant
Gotu kola-Stimulates thyroid, balances hormones
Oatstraw- stimulates thyroid and is an anti-depressant
Sarsparilla-has a cortin-like sustancesimilar to what the adrenals produce
Borage-healing to the adrenals, stimulates the adrenal cortex
Milk Thistle-benefits adrenal function
Yerba Mate-stimulates adrenal glands.
Hey WHERE did every one on this thread go??
Good info Michelle! Thanks! Interesting that many of these things are also good for other conditions I have that my naturopath is treating me for.