Series: My AF. Entry 7: Well.. That Didn’t Go as I Thought: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

After finding out I had adrenal fatigue in the form of high cortisol all day, back in January, I worked on lowering this. I took Seriphos, among many other vitamins and supplements, I implemented a stricter bedtime schedule and diet and have been dealing with stress a lot better/constructively.

I’ve come on in leaps and bounds with how I feel, and I saw it in my thyroid blood tests too, when my pooling Free T3, came down to normal levels. I’ve been symptom free and living without any interference from my thyroid and adrenals for a while.

So when I got my latest adrenal stress test results today, I was devastated to see that my cortisol had not come down. It’s actually kind of got worse.

In January, I had elevated cortisol at all four tested points of the day. For my June readings, I show elevated cortisol three times of the day, with the other one now optimal (good). But the elevated ones have got worse. They’re ‘more elevated’. I just don’t understand it! I feel so much better and I’m sleeping better. Confused is an understatement.

I think I could have blood sugar imbalances, after reading about it in Dr Datis Kharrazian’s book, and I think I might get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when I eat refined carbs and sugar. My diet for the most part these days is good, but I want to rule out low blood sugar, still. When you have low blood sugar, the adrenal glands produce extra cortisol, so I need to check if this is what’s causing it, and if not, well, then I can tick it off. So, I’ve ordered an at-home blood sugar testing kit. 12418071_10209343858540590_183329346683076889_n

I also had some more bloods taken last week and it found my MCH (Mean corpuscular hemoglobin) is below the ‘normal range’, and my ferritin is also low in range at 47. Sources like STTM recommend it being 70-90 for optimal iron levels. So my doctor has given me some iron tablets to see if they help.

After returning to two NDT tablets a day for my thyroid, my full thyroid panel reads well and I’ve been feeling good, so my thyroid seems under control for now.

Just these darn adrenals!

I knew it was too soon to say I was feeling completely better! Well, I guess I am feeling completely better, it’s just that the high cortisol is still concerning as long term, if it stays elevated, it could progress in to combined and then low cortisol which isn’t good. So I need to catch this in the bud. I’m also going to start Ashwagandha which is an adaptogen. These help even out your cortisol levels, so lower high and raise low. STTM have more info here. I have some Holy Basil and Seriphos left but I’m going to try Ashwagandha alone for now.

The bottle says to take 2-4 a day for at least three months, so I’m going to take 3 a day, 1 at each high cortisol reading I have. Then retest my cortisol levels.

These are the ones I got from Amazon – ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha Herbal Supplement Veg Capsules, Healthy Stress Response- 60 Capsules

I’ve been reading that low blood sugar can cause high cortisol and vice versa, plus high cortisol and low blood sugar can cause high blood pressure. And back in May my BP was still a bit too high. My GP says low blood sugar causing high cortisol is possible, so encouraged me to monitor my blood sugar levels at home and make adjustments where necessary.

Sigh. Round two, commence.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

Series: My AF. Entry 4: Eight Days Since I Come Off Seriphos

So, since finding out I had adrenal fatigue in January, I tried a few things like Holy Basil, to bring my high cortisol levels down, and then eventually settled on Seriphos, as it seemed to be doing the trick. Holy Basil didn’t feel like it was doing anything, but Seriphos helped my fatigue, poor stamina, stress levels, anxiety etc.

Two months on from taking one Seriphos tablet at bedtime each day, and I’m feeling a lot better. About 90% back to the old me.

This is where I got it from – Seriphos, Phosphorylated Serine, 100 Capsules – InterPlexus Inc

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Series: My AF. Entry 3: I’ve Been off Seriphos Adrenal Support for Three Days

So, since finding out I had adrenal fatigue in January, I tried a few things like Holy Basil, to bring my high cortisol levels down, and then eventually settled on Seriphos, as it seemed to be doing the trick.

Two months on from taking one Seriphos tablet a day, before bedtime, and I’m feeling a lot better. Not 100% better, but really well. This is where I got it from – Seriphos, Phosphorylated Serine, 100 Capsules – InterPlexus Inc

On Friday night, I went out for food and drinks, and well.. tipsy Rachel did not remember to take her Seriphos. So I forgot. I woke up the next morning feeling fine, however, so didn’t think much of it.

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Series: New Meds. Entry 6: Series: My AF. Entry 2: Five Months Into NDT: An Update on My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

So, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’m actually doing rather well! My thyroid levels are finally reading well, meaning that my on-going fatigue (which has been gradually getting better) is likely due to my adrenal fatigue, in the form of high cortisol. Rather than to do with my thyroid. 

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Series: My AF. Entry 1: My Adrenal Fatigue and Underactive Thyroid

Yep. I not only have hypothyroidism, but I also have adrenal fatigue. Ahh, it’s never-ending is it?!

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