Well, the more I talk about my successes and progress recovering from Adrenal Exhaustion, the more folks ask me what I did to get here. Here are links where you can find my Part 2 and Part 3 writings in this series.
I then posted a protocol update – click here.
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To be clear, I didn’t (yet) overcome Adrenal Fatigue (AF). What is accurate is that I’m still in recovery from Adrenal Exhaustion, which is far worse that AF, and in progress; I expect to be in continuing recovery for at least another 2 years.
A year or so ago I was Stage 3C Adrenal Exhaustion (AE), badly enough that at one point I was bedridden for 45 days. Making food was difficult; even standing and walking 20 feet to my kitchen was difficult. Exercise or standing for more than 10 minutes was out of the question.
I’m not yet done, but in the last year I have progressed to Stage 3A, or maybe at the end of Stage 2, which is the deep end of the Adrenal Fatigue spectrum. I now dance ballroom dance 90min a day, once a week, exercise on my bicycle trainer and do aerobics 2-3 times a week, cook without difficulty, and can enjoy long walks through stores without difficulty again.
I look forward to progressing back to Stage 1, and then normal function altogether, as I continue consistent practice on my personalized protocols.
To explain how I got here is quite detailed, and very unique to a lot of investigation, awareness about my history, tests I did, and experiments I’ve done to see what my body needed, how much and when.
However, I wrote this post in reply to someone looking for a first step toward recovery.
When I was first concerned I may have AE or AF, I first:
a.) got a broad spectrum blood panel at my local AF-trained osteopath to check for all deficiencies (in my case I had many – vit k, b12, vit d, vit a, iron, and others)
b.) got a comprehensive hormone / adrenal function home test kit – I use the Canary Club 10-test kit.
These tests are not perfect, but they did give me baseline numbers to investigate, such as DHEA, cortisol levels, testosterone/estrogen (which drop low in AE), thyroid function information, etc. As expected, my testosterone was shot, DHEA way off, cortisol non-existent, and many other indicators congruent with Stage 3C AE.
With that information I had a start.
I then started informing myself with as many videos and articles as I could on Dr. Lam’s site – http://www.drlam.com – he has a whole section dedicated to AF and AE, and pages upon pages of information in each article.
Each section also has a 9-min video overview to make intro’s easy.
I would also recommend you find a wholistic practitioner who has prior experience with AF and AE, including CURE history. I did work with Dr. Lam for a time, and probably will go back to him again after I make more progress, but my case was severe enough that he was reluctant to work with me, so I had to establish my own initial protocols based on extensive research and based on what I learned about my unique version of this condition. I did also do research from other doctors – however I found that other approaches did not work for me.
Let me repeat that – many people have suffered ill-effects by mimicking someone else’s AF/AE healing path. Don’t Do This. You need to get informed, and find the right protocol for Your body and Your history – and that takes time, repeat investigations, and tracking. If you don’t trust yourself to do that, hire someone who you do trust to help you with it.
Worse, the healing path is NOT a consistent one. You need to make adjustments to your protocol that are accurate to the peaks and curves of your own body’s responses and healing. If you do not, you can make your body worse.
As I said, in my case I had AE so severe that even Dr. Lam was reticent to work with me, but that didn’t deter me. I learned that AE is difficult to recover from; some never do, and in my case I had to expect a 3+ year healing trajectory. In hindsight, I realize I had early-stage AF in my teens and early 20s, and I had been in a barely perceptible decline ever since.
People in Stage 1 and 2 AF do better and enjoy far, far shorter healing trajectories.
It’s worth repeating that Everyone Is Unique – each person’s path to recovery is different; there are NO single paths that work for everyone. You need to pay attention to everything you change in your routines, and track the impact of those changes.
In my case, my protocols have been a comprehensive mix of supplementation, dietary changes, changes in sleep-habits, changes to reduce or eliminate factors that would contribute to taxing my system, and increases in my practices for emotional healing and release work (which I’ve published previously here in my blog and in my TIA Coach Certification School Materials).
For a detailed account of my protocols (Part 2 of my Adrenal Exhaustion Path to Recovery), email me or stay tuned.
If you want permanent recovery, be prepared to take on a whole-system approach.
We can talk about that more, if you want to, once you have a baseline idea of where you are in the AF/AE scale, and what deficiencies you do or don’t have. I’m also available as an ongoing consultant to those with AF/AE – however this is NOT a replacement for seeking the advice of a licensed medical professional with AE/AF experience.
For now, I hope this article helps as a first step.
If you want, let me know what you learn. Living with AF/AE can be hard. I often felt lonely and ashamed. People expect you to have the same responses to life that they have, and we simply don’t. It helps to have friends who understand.
Many blessings to you for vitality, quick recovery, and whole health,
Question from someone on my Facebook Page:
Q: You are the third person this week who has shown up for me with this problem. Is it an epidemic amongst the conscious helpers?
My response: I do think it’s epidemic, and I do think it’s beyond the “light workers”/”conscious helpers” – I’ve seen it rampant among many people on the Standard American Diet, people who wake to alarms, people who sleep less than 9 hours a night. I believe (and have read) that degrees of AF and AE are so rampant that upwards of 85% of Americans aged 20-50 may have some degree of it, and that we’re only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg which, when unnoticed, worsens into more “clinical” mainstream ailments like Diabetes, breast and uterine cancer, prostate cancer, hyperinsulinemia, hypothyroidism, etc. Worse, simple steps make a huge difference and yet our society does not teach or prioritize these things in the mainstream: getting off refined carbs (pasta, sugars, etc) – which is actually a true addiction, proper dietary balance (ex: eating 6-8 fistfuls of above-ground veggies per day, eating 20g lean protein 3x’s/day, eating good fats with the protein, combining fiber against any complex carb that is eaten, etc), accurate supplementation (ex: the RDA for iodine is painfully insufficient and results in thyroid disorders), simple exercise of 3 kinds (flexibility, strength and endurance, 10min each 3x’s/week). I hope that by writing this it will help others to find their way out of Adrenal Fatigue / Adrenal Exhaustion as well.