Tuesday, June 8, 2010
When the adrenals become exhausted
I debated whether to include this article from the IrishTimes.com--it's tone is a little "snarky" towards Dr. Wilson and his coining of the term adrenal fatigue. For the record, I have read Dr. Wilson's book, and in fact, it is on my list of recommended reading. I absolutely believe in the syndrome, and I have blood work to prove that I, in fact, have adrenal fatigue. I was in a very bad car crash about 18 years ago, and it left me with chronic back and hip pain. The pain is somewhat controlled and I have a terrific pain management doctor, but the fact is that the constant physical stress has raised my cortisol level to way above what it should be (and the fact that I am ADD, a constant worrier doesn't help either!) I'm working on living a little more "zen like"---I've cut out (almost completely) caffeine, I stopped reading the newspaper, I'm on a fast food fast, and I am working at meditation and other stress reduction techniques.