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Frustration and Discouragement in Adrenal Fatigue


August 18, 2009 | Published by

don't give up by Flickr user 4rillaFrustration and discouragement are experienced intimately by most people suffering from adrenal fatigue. When you start on the road to recovery and have a setback, you may become discouraged and frustrated. Do not give up!  Even when things are not going like they should and you feel like you have tried everything and nothing is working, do not despair. Often the spark you need is the next thing you do, or sometimes it is just the amount of time needed for your program to work. If you keep trying, there is hope. If you give up and quit doing the things that make you feel better, your chances of defeating adrenal fatigue can diminish greatly. So, the first and last rule of any recovery program is to never give up!

Some people start feeling better in the first week of their recovery program, especially if they follow an adrenal fatigue-friendly diet or make changes in their lifestyle that significantly reduce stress. Typically, you should not expect changes before at least three weeks.

writing in a journal by churlAn exercise that can help with keeping a positive attitude is to keep a journal in which you jot down notes daily about how you feel, what they are able to do, and your general overall symptoms. On days when you are feeling discouraged, you can go back to the early journal entries and note that you have made progress even though it does not feel that way at the moment. As you get better, you will find that you are able to do and complete more things, your frame of mind is improving, and you are more able to handle the rocky times. Note the happy days in your journal; they will serve as landmarks and inspiration on other days when you need encouragement.

Although regaining your health and vitality is very important and requires considerable commitment and persistence on your part, do not wrap your entire life up into getting well. This creates a compulsiveness that is not usually conducive to restoring health. It causes you to be driven by the effort to get well which then becomes just another source of stress draining your adrenals.

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  • Gayla says:

    This blog post was not only informative, but also, positive! Thank you. It’s nice to read that though I seem to be going through this alone, others have been down this path, understand and have recovered. I believe this blog will play an important part in my recovery as I need a support system. Until Adrenal Exhaustion hit me (I also am hypothyroid) and wrecked havoc on my digestive, hormonal, nervous systems and neurotransmitters, I was the one that helped others. For the moment, the tables have turned. We moved and I had no time to meet anyone before this hit. The seven totally bedridden months were the worst. My wonderful husband is gone 13 hours on work days. Our daughter lives close by but has a toddler, husband & works outside of the home, so though a loving daughter, is herself heading toward adrenal fatigue. My doc seems to be treating me as a bunch of glands instead of a whole person & I’m not confident doc has a proven plan. So, not having that confidence & support to count on, can be a stressor in itself.

    I journal, eat very healthfully and ( mostly organic, nothing processed, pure water, etc.) slowly increase my activilty as i build up and try to be positive and grateful. Hearing your stories would be very helpful to me & I’m sure others, as well. For those who can share, thank you!!

    I would appreciate anyone sharing what their ‘down times’ were like ( symptoms & what helped them get out of them or their best ways they made positive strides.). Example: Did you go through any paradoxical reactions like having heart palps or super spikes in blood pressure for no seeming reason or getting tired again for months after gradually building up, etc.

    Going through Adrenal Exhaustion recovery is a lonely, rough process.

    • vera says:

      Hi Gayla….
      going through Adrenal exhaustion is a very lonely and rough process, I have just spent the last 7 months in bed and as a mothe of 3 its been very tough. If I didnt have my mothers support I dont think I would have made it this far. In the last week I feel like I may have taken a few steps forward, I have started to sleep better and feel this is aiding my recovery as the insomnia was so bad. I have been prescribed what seem to be the standard supplements and just recently started and breathing technique called Buteyko and find since doing the practice my sleep state is better….. At times it hard to keep a positive mind set and I find that having a daily mantra helps me when the negative thoughts start to creep in. (every day and in every way I get better and better) I just also did the journey, from the book The Journey author Brandon Bays. I believe part of the reason Adrenal burnout stuck me down was to do with a great deal of anger and resentment I carried with me after my divorce so it was healing to let go of it all and I felt so much lighter after the process.

      I recently heard someone describe adrenal fatigue like trying to turn a ship around it is a very slow process, so as frustrating as it is, once I get to the other end I believe I will be a different person on many levels and live the rest of my life in a very different way. Good luck on your own journey to recovery. xx

  • Jackie says:

    I had hoped for more from this article. Something new that would be uplifting.

    My experience with the disease has been rough. I work a highly stressful job so I can’t relieve that part of my life until I retire in December.

    I was diagnosed in ’07 and have gradually learned what the precursors to a bad attack are. Some things are under my control to remedy but things like a toxic reaction to a chemical sprayed in too close proximity set off a chain of events that have left me on the downside since January of this year. My immune system took a huge hit and I’ve been catching everything that breezes by.

    I know more than my GP and I’m frustrated because he has read just enough to know what type of blood work to do but not enough to know when is the best time to run it and was adamant it was to be run on his timetable despite what the hospital had to say. The results, of course, came back “nothing remarkable” and his promise of figuring out how to make me feel better fell by the wayside! I’m on the hunt for a new GP – someone that knows something about the disease and is actually willing to learn what it takes to take care of a patient with this disease as well as several other disorders. I always get the feeling when he orders some of the blood work it is “shut the old lady up” blood work.

    I have a twist to my disease – rather than having low BP mine skyrocketed because rather than my body flushing sodium, mine flushes potassium. I do have a med that keeps my BP level by helping retain my potassium and that is the only good thing.

    I haven’t kept a journal because when I get off work I’m too exhausted to do more than take care of myself and my dogs.

    I do have good days for the most part but since January they have been few and far between.

    I was also told that this will be a life long battle for me as there is no cure for this disease. I’d love someone to prove that specialist wrong!!

  • Valerie says:

    Hello everyone
    I hope that I can inspire and encourage you by telling you that all WILL BE OK in the end.
    Three and a half years ago I was diagnosed with severe adrenal exhaustion, in fact hospitalised after cardiovascular collapse and admitted to Intensive care (doctors had no idea what was wrong but thank God I found an excellent natural therapist and found Dr Wilson after several weeks). To cut a very long story short I worked as a Trauma Surgeon and had for over 12 years worn 10 different hats and worked in 3 hospitals. I worked literally about 100 hours per week with many days of emergency call etc. Just some background to put you in the picture regarding stress factors.

    After 3 years of recurring and worsening respiratory infections, increasing insomnia, new finger joint pains and rib pains, developing new allergies I had never had before, a constant tremor under pressure, increasing cravings for sugar and salt and caffeine related supplements (guarana as I do not drink coffee) and periods of severe unrelenting stress and anxiety, I finally collapsed one night and was taken urgently to hospital semi-conscious with a Blood Pressure of 70/40 and hypothermic and severe hypoglycemia.

    The first 12 months were awful to say the least, with every system severely ill and depleted and many episodes of depression and many times when I genuinely thought of giving up entirely. Thanks to a very close family and friends I came through. It did take 3 years to be completely free of all horrible and debilitating symptoms but I started to see “better” and more positive days after the first 6 months.

    After one year the number of hypoglycemic episodes reduced, the palpitations stopped, the headaches went as well as the awful hard to describe feeling of impending doom I felt almost 24 hours a day for the first few months. Also the nausea decreased, belly cramps ceased and menstrual cycles normalised. I could also sleep through the night and started gaining my strength and energy back. (very short account of it all ).

    After 2 years I could really see the light and I just want to tell you that after three years I am healthier than I was before I was diagnosed. The illness opened my eyes and heart to so many things I had ignored and taken for granted. I slowly removed all the energy suckers Dr Wilson speaks of, one by one and took up all habits which were nourishing to my body, mind and spirit. Make a list, it really helps.

    Ironically I am grateful for having been so ill as I have come out of this a different, whole person with a new and wonderful life. I would never have said that during the illness as it was a difficult and often horrendous journey but you do recover and you will change because of it and all for the good.

    My best wishes for your recovery and journey back to health, please NEVER GIVE UP. Do your prayers and meditation regularly (eat well, take your supplements, sleep, laugh and take courage) and remember all things happen for a reason and something awful can be a massive opportunity in disguise.

    • sylvan says:

      Thank you SO much for this uplifting piece.

      I was a very busy person helping and taking care of others until a bad flu virus three years ago which i have not been able to recover from.

      My GP kept saying it was just depression but i have been to see Dr Peatfield who has given me some adrenal support, vit C and co-enzyme Q10 supplements. I am only on week three so feeling very low. Your story gives me hope.

      THank you

  • zebra says:

    I have an enormous amount of frustration around being ill. I have adrenal exhaustion, the chronic stage, and my toxicity levels are off the charts. Whule I read in the article not to focus on my healing as the primary thing, I don’t see how putting something like work in its place would be any better. Work is a stressor, more so than self-care. I would really appreciate a form where patients could simply relate their stories. Not a place for untrained medical advice, like CureZone, just a place to read and write andknow we are not alone. FFamily members can only relate so much. As others note, doctors have limited time and skills. Situations this difficult necessitate community.

    • Hi,

      The gist of this blog article is to make notes of progress to remind yourself when you’re feeling like little or no progress has been made. I understand what you mean about community. I don’t know of any forums like that; other than Curezone, most of them are written from one person’s perspective. Does anyone else have suggestions? It would be appreciated by many.

  • Patrica says:

    I was getting flu three times in a row and then the exhaustion came I could barely get out of bed and got very depressed about the whole thing. Eight months later and I have much improved I can enjoy a lot of things again which is great. The turning point for me was vitamin c daily in large doses it helps heal the adrenal glands.I still get bad days but I know I’m on the right path. But I still can’t do everything I want to I don’t worry about it because that will put me backwards and you just gotta keep moving forward with this illness and I have found myself praying something I haven’t done in years and it’s a good thing that has come out of all these hard times and something I will continue when I’m well again.

    • Adrenal Fatigue Team says:

      Thank you for your comment, Patricia! The hope and optimism to get better means a lot, and can make a huge difference day to day.

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