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Bedridden with Adrenal Exhaustion - will Paleo help?

by 15 · January 17, 2013 at 05:58 PM

I'm on my partners account atm. I think I currently have adrenal exhaustion. It became apparent when I started getting bouts of full body weakness, tingling and a coursing feeling through my veins/nerves with sensitivity to the cold. I did think i was dying. Before it happened, for months I would ruminate in bed all day about all my fears (I was unemployed) and have panic attack after panic attack. I was suicidal and constantly shaking with adrenaline. I was eating bad food, at inconsistent times, not sleeping well, at inconsistent times, and all in all it was pretty much a recipe for disaster, I'm not surprised I got this way.

I tried Paleo for a month once and it made me feel fantastic. I was just wondering if doing it again will help my recovery? Other than that I don't know what I can do to recover. There is not much I can physically do. My husband had to cut my food up for me earlier. It's frustrating but I guess if I get frustrated I am just making my condition worse. And of course I've been googling way too much, convinced I could die from this.

The doctor is putting me on a corticosteroid and I worry what this will do. Ideally I want to heal naturally!! And I've read about how steroid treatment can go wrong with adrenal fatigue.

Will Paleo help me? Should I try to walk even if I'm weak? Should I avoid the steroids? Worried :/

I also have a Urine infection at the moment.

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390 · January 16, 2013 at 05:01 PM

Yes! I went through severe adrenal fatigue twice over the last 2 years. The major things that helped me to recover were:

Paleo diet (really emphasize low sugar, low carb, high fat) Consistent sleep schedule Control stress Cut way back on exercise Little to no caffeine General + adrenal - specific supplementation

Stay positive... recovery is possible if you are smart about it. Just ask if you need any more info. I have several books on recovering from adrenal fatigue as well.

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125 · January 17, 2013 at 04:53 AM

Assuming you have a UTI, try D-Mannose to help flush the bad bacteria out of your system. You probably need to supplement with some probiotics or fermented veggies to help restore your gut flora. The antibiotics usually kill off everything good and bad.

The adrenal problems are fixable, but the process is slow. You need to explore the cause of the adrenal fatigue. It is usually a sympton, not a cause. You need to look into your hormone levels, thyroid levels, Vit D3, and possible mineral/vitamin deficiencies or toxicities.

Keeping your stress level low is really important, as is working on the CBT. Take lots of naps and don't feel guilty about it. You need to be in healing mode. Several years ago, my adrenals were in really bad shape. My Alternative MD recommended low-dose hydrocortisone. Dosing varies depending on the person. You should probably have saliva testing to determine your cortisol levels over the course of 24 hours. Levels should be highest in the morning and taper throughout the day. You have to be careful to take just enough to feel better, but not revved up.

Eating a paleo diet could really help your system get back on track. Staying away from artificial sweeteners, caffeine, MSG, and preservatives is really important. Eat plenty of meat, fat, fruit and vegetables. Don't worry about eating low carb. You are in healing mode. Hang in there!

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128 · January 16, 2013 at 09:05 PM

I also came back from the grave. Better than a zombie, but it's slow going. I first went to a natureopath, Dr. Lo in Encinitas, CA. She helped with getting some huge issues ID'd through labs and then liver detox, support, adrenal support, parasite, virus's, etc. I had been Paleo (vlc for 2 years). Part of my problem was I was pushing my body too hard through physical and chronic plus emotional stressors (working out an hour+ 6 days+ a week, divorce, death, full time single mom, AND VLC PALEO). The VLC downregulated my thyroid most likely along with all the other demands.

Best thing I have ever found, and it was recent - FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSTIC NUTRITION

www.bloodandhormones.com

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15380 · January 16, 2013 at 07:57 PM

I don't believe in adrenal fatigue. There is always an underlying issue. When you are exhausted and bedridden - something causes it. What is it?

It could be some kind of vitamin deficiency or malabsorption. Yes, vitamin deficiency can cause enormous fatigue. Your body gets depleted of nutrients and here you go - you cannot function normally.

However, instead of buying vitamins, I have a question - what could cause your vitamin/other things deficiency? The only answer to it is - malabsorption due to GI problems. It could be: gut dysbiosis, SIBO, all kinds of things. So you need to figure out what is wrong with your gut.

You can take a Metametrix DNA stool analysis with GI effects and take a SIBO test and go to a good (and I mean really good) gastroenterologist but I would start with a gut for sure.

Good luck! I was bedridden in July 2011 and no doctor was able to diagnose me correctly. So I am taking this matter into my own hands now. You are going to be okay, remember!!!

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11251 · January 17, 2013 at 05:58 PM

Paleo- assuming you go for nutrient dense foods and not silly stuff like lettuce- certainly will help.

So will a ridiculously stubborn attitude.

Finish the course of antibiotics, get one of those probiotics that says it has more bacteria in it than the human population of the planet (and probably costs too much), start paleo, and stop taking drugs.

The last part is scary I know, but if I let doctors keep giving me crap, I'd be dead- and I am especially talking about the stuff that is supposed to actually help you not be suicidal. Bull. It makes everything worse. And then nobody yet has explained why a high carbohydrate diet would make me depressed, but I suppose I have Stephan Guyenet & the potato diet guy to thank for helping me figure out that was a big cause of my problems. Your mileage may vary there- it helps to have a glucometer, so you can actually see what your blood sugar is doing and adjust accordingly, rather than merely guess or develop ideology.

If you must lay around, go lay around in the sun- well don't do it too long, but do it.
You probably ought to eat a lot of liver too, since you need all those fat soluble vitamins. You are also probably very susceptible to artificial light at night. Get those turned off, and block anything coming from the street. Some red light at 5 lux probably won't do any damage, but anything brighter won't allow melatonin release. This is a big step to hormone profile normalization.

Well, I can't put everything in here, so go over to http://robbwolf.com/ and stubbornly read and/or listen to everything.

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-14 · January 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I had Bedridden with Adrenal Exhaustion as well. Used recipes from book http://getnow.org/paleo/ now Adrenal Exhaustion is almost gone.

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0 · January 17, 2013 at 05:11 AM

Just remember Paleo doesn't always mean Very Low Carb(VLC). Going too low in carbs for extended periods of time can put a stress on your adreanals as adrenaline is needed for to make glycogen from fat....And for making glucose from protein when there is no source of carbohydrates available. I would eat more carbs from fruits, veggies and sweet potatoes if adrenal exhaustion is suspected.

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7362 · January 16, 2013 at 05:18 PM

In all honestly, and I mean this kindly, but have you sought treament for your underlying anxiety and depression issues? Because you really need to address those. Whether it's meds or cognitive therapy (ideally a mix of the two), you should concentrate first on your mental health. Just fixing up the outside of your mental house will not save the foundation.

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96 · January 16, 2013 at 05:16 PM

Much of Paleo can be stressful to the body (Low carb, uncooked vegetables, high fiber, intermittent fasting, etc..). For those in good health, the stressors can be therapeutic and healthy. However, if you're already having issues, I would not suggest Paleo or Primal.

WAPF with plenty of carbs would be a good choice. You want to cook your vegetables, and avoid excessive fiber. Don’t be afraid of natural animal fats, but don’t go wild adding extra fat for calories. Fruit sugars and cooked starches are good. Eat at fairly regular periods (don’t skip breakfast, eat it within an hour of waking if possible). Look into supplements like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Rosea, as these adaptogens can help with cortisol balance. Finally avoid stimulants: Caffeine, nicotine, excessive exercise, and too much sugar in a single bolus (don’t be afraid of sugar, but too much too fast can be a negative as the body fights to keep blood sugar spikes in check)

Find a good endo and get your salivary cortisol and full thyroid panel tests done. Adrenal and thyroid issues often go hand in hand.

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