What My Symptoms of Hypothyroid and Adrenal Fatigue Look Like

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Symptoms of Low Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue

Well, it’s officially two months since the end of Round 5 of HCG Injections on the HCG Diet for me.  I’m in Phase 4 (P4)- which is basically just normal, healthy, everyday eating.

I want to discuss my own personal health today because I think it could help others reading it to possibly recognize if they have any hidden health issues themselves. Sometimes we get used to what we might think of as certain little “quirks” to ourselves, that in actuality, are simply health symptoms, that if addressed, could let us lead a happier more full life.

If you have some of the symptoms that I mention below, but your doctor says your thyroid lab tests are normal, please don’t leave it at that. I have discovered many many people go untreated because they really DO have thyroid or adrenal issues- the standard tests that are done are woefully inadequate- the following are some resources to research this important topic. In fact, my own lab tests came back “normal” for a long time, until my condition finally got SO bad that it finally did show up the generic testing- but you shouldn’t have to wait several years to get treated as I did.  The following are what I consider to be the best information out there on hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Mercola’s Interview with Dr. Lowe regarding Low Thyroid

 Stop the Thyroid Madness Website- a wealth of information on thyroid and adrenal fatigue and all the things “they” never tell you.

 Natural Thyroid Solutions – check the latest updates and news section and Q&A


I have been dealing with some chronic health issues for several years now and went untreated for most of it because I didn’t know what was wrong with me for many years (this was not for lack of diligent searching for a cause). But I’ve been pretty much symptom free and off all thyroid medication and adrenal support for over 9 months this past year. I never actually expected to be off my thyroid meds as usually the condition I have (hashimoto’s) and the resulting low or hypothyroid condition isn’t curable.

How I Got Off Thyroid Medication

My improved health happened over a number of months as I lost weight with this weight loss protocol, attended Crossfit and got more fit, completely eliminated gluten 100% from my diet, and saw a holistic “dude” (he’s not actually a “doc”) who helped me to address some chronic infections he discovered through muscle testing and treated with homeopathy and rife machine frequencies (google that one).

The only reason I even considered getting off my thyroid medication at all was because I was suddenly feeling very sick and yucky, in a way I’d never felt before, and the holistic guy I was seeing confirmed that my body was functioning very well on it’s own and that I no longer needed the thyroid meds technically. It made me very nervous to wean off it as I visualized what I used to feel like pre-medication, but as soon as I did, I felt much better, and spent the next 9 months living like a normal person- having normal energy, working out, all without medication, which was shocking to me considering how I used to feel without my thyroid medication (couldn’t work secularly, had to sleep many hours each day, had chronic fatigue and some fibromyalgia symptoms- extreme pain in my feet after standing in my kitchen to cook a simple dinner, etc.).  That entire 9 months of 2012 I spent most of it feeling great with great energy and none of my old symptoms.

The 3 Amigos: Stress – Low Thyroid – Adrenal Fatigue

But stress is a killer isn’t it? Or maybe we should say stress is a life-sucker.  You’ve probably heard that adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” right?  I have yet to see this happen in my case.  My chronic health issues started at just 21 years of age, when autoimmune triggers were turned on in my body from different stressful situations in my life.   Stress and difficulties in life have always seemed to wreak a havoc on my body that have permanently changed how my body operates.  My husband and I both came to the realization recently that I have not been myself the past couple months.  Back in September we lost our house to foreclosure and the process of that, along with the stress of finding a new home and moving our whole home ourselves with a small 2 year old in tow wasn’t exactly stress free.  I got through the actual process very well and was pretty proud of myself- almost felt like a small version of a female super hero, but I believe my body is now experiencing the delayed stress response to that period of time.  Along with the fact that I now work secularly again- something I haven’t done in years.

I didn’t notice it at first because the symptoms were a bit subtle and infrequent, but after considering the past couple months, we realized that many of my old familiar symptoms that I used to experience when untreated were there again.

Uncommon Reaction to Social Interaction

For anyone who doesn’t know, one symptom of low thyroid function, which I experience in full force when my condition is not being managed well, is the inability to handle social interaction and feel good still. Even though it’s what you might call a “good stress”, social interaction is a stress on the body. If you’re a normal person, you might spend some time with family or friends and come home feeling happy and refreshed at the good time you just had. Or even if you didn’t have a good time, you might come home kind of irritated, go to sleep and wake up and go about your normal business just fine the following day.

What happens to me specifically is that after hanging out with people, whether I had a good time or not, I will later become very depressed for seemingly no reason. I It will last for a couple days, before the depression cloud lifts and I feel normal again. The depression is bad enough that it’s pretty debilitating and something that makes you want to avoid scenarios that cause that. I want to mention this because it’s one of those things that is very difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it and even harder for them to understand. If you are reading this and realize that you experience this, please consider that you may have some unresolved health issues, that if addressed, could enable you to enjoy people’s company again.

I haven’t experienced this in quite some time, but lately noticed it was starting to happen again.

Uncommon Reaction to Physical Activity

Another symptom of low thyroid and or adrenal fatigue that I would experience is the same resulting depression after taking a walk on concrete for any length of time. I haven’t put my finger on it completely yet, but I have discovered a slow walk on the sidewalk for a half hour or more will cause me to feel very bad later- debilitating fatigue and depression. This seems especially silly to me now considering I still attend Crossfit 3-4 times a week, for an hour each time where I sweat like nobody’s business and my whole body get’s worked super hard, and I feel good after these sessions, yet a slow walk will cause me fatigue later. It’s a strange anomaly that I still don’t understand why it happens, but it does. Years ago before being treated this symptom was bad enough that any physical activity caused the chronic fatigue and depression reaction, no matter what it was. There could even be an endorphin rush initially, but within a matter of a couple hours, this dark cloud of depression would descend.  We are not talking a mild case of the blues- we are talking an I-don’t-know-how-I-can-go-on-living hopeless kind of feeling.

More Cold Than Those Around You

Thirdly, I’ve been extremely cold again lately, and I don’t live in a snow state. I’ve been so cold that I’ve actually found myself googling “warmest coat” and considering specialized jacket options that only researchers in the antarctic usually wear because I can’t seem to find a coat that keeps me warm enough to enjoy the outdoors this winter.

There are many more symptoms that I won’t detail here today. These are the main ones that I’ve been experiencing again.

Treatment of Low Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue

So what this means is that I’m trying myself back on a small dose of thyroid medication. I take Cytomel- also called T3 or active thyroid hormone.  This is very different from what the majority of thyroid patients are put on by their doctors- most take T4 medication like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid or Unithroid.  If you haven’t researched this yet, please look into the differences between T3 and T4 thyroid medications- it can mean the difference between feeling symptom free and feeling like crap.

I have yet to know if my current symptoms are mostly thyroid or mostly adrenal or a combination of both, or maybe it’s something entirely new or different.  It’s a bit of a guessing game sometimes at this moment and takes time to figure out.  I have experimented with taking small doses of cortisol again too in the form of Isocort. The results are mixed. Sometimes I feel better, sometimes I feel worse, so I don’t know all the answers yet. The important thing though is to do something.  If I do nothing, I definitely won’t figure it out.  By trying different things I hope to find the solution and the right balance for best wellness again.

What I will tell you is that, even though I’m once again experiencing a blip in my health, between taking Cytomel thyroid medication for 2 years and then somehow recovering my health and not needing it for almost a year, I have spent the last 3 years of my life feeling REALLY GOOD compared to the previous 6-8 years before that.  If you can get proper treatment, you CAN feel good again.  Don’t give up on yourself and finding wellness.  Make the above links in this post a start to your research on this.

 

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  • Robinson1962

    OMG….you have just saved my life. I have been told so many times my thyroid was just fine and even requested my Reverse T3 to be tested and my insurance won’t pay for that test. You described my feelings dead on the socializing problems that I have encountered. I thought I was going cra cra. Also, I have horrible hot flashes, but I am also experiencing these extreme cold episodes that started a couple of months ago. These cold episodes don’t will last for hours, but not every day…weird. Your talking to someone who keeps the heat on 60 degrees in the winter time and I always have been very hot nature to the point I couldn’t have female roommates when I was younger. I desperately need to pick your brain on this subject matter and thank you so much!!

    • http://hcgchica.com/ Rayzel Lam

      You’re so welcome! The hard thing about these types of symptoms is that they can describe more than one condition. Things like epstein barr, lyme disease, adrenal fatigue, hashis and hypothyroid, and hormone imbalances can all have these similar symptoms, so it can be quite a puzzle figuring it out- but I’m glad this is at least a good starting point for you. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.rileybousum Kim Riley Bousum

    So I have a question, I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroidism, only after being randomly treated for thyroid for a few years. I am post menopausal and, while I know people initially gain weight at that, I feel like I am over the top. I have tried to lose weight and it seems an uphill battle. About 5 years ago is when it all started, I had lost 13 lbs so I thought I would start exercising. From the moment I did, I started gaining weight. Did you find you had that problem with the Hashimotos? What is your doctors take on the hCG weightloss and the thyroid now? Are you still being monitored on that? I would love to hear. I am almost desperate to lose weight now. I feel miserable in my own skin. I have packed on a good 50 lbs and at this point, would be excited to lose 20! I know it sounds stupid but I am afraid to go exercise and gain even more. A circular battle. I hate it and it is not freeing by any means. I need to and want to overcome this. I am almost confused by all the different hCG things on the web, what to use, how to use it, what is best, what is not. Geez!

    • http://hcgchica.com/ Rayzel Lam

      Hi Kim- I’m sorry you are dealing with this nasty beast too. I didn’t recall gaining weight from exercise when I originally had it without medication because I was so ill I couldn’t exercise anymore. Also, because I was so miserable, my eating had become very bad as that was the only thing left in my life that was enjoyable, so I can’t really differentiate what weight gain was from low thyroid and what weight gain was from eating cartons of ice-cream (seriously). I am no longer being monitored- for the cost, I find that I can mostly keep on top of myself from all the research that I’ve done. I’m checking into other possible health issues now because I’ve done all I can do for the hashi’s and my last antibody count a few months ago was very low which is a good thing. Re exercise- I do find that I gain muscle very easily- I think it’s a genetic thing- so I have “gained weight” off hCG but it’s kind of purposeful and I know from my body fat testing that the weight gained is actually muscle, not fat- and then I use hCG to lose fat, but I’ve had no problem keeping my fat losses off from hCG (while being medicated of course). For instance, during my last 3 breaks from hCG, I gained several lbs on the scale but these were all muscle, and almost none of it was fat- so for me this was a good thing, but if I hadn’t had the body fat testing I could have gotten discouraged and thought it was fat or something. I wish I could give you more clear cut answers. Things are so complicated when health issues like this are in the picture and often symptoms are different for everyone. But I don’t notice a direct result of weight gain from exercise myself- I did however find that I COULD NOT exercise before I knew what I had and wasn’t medicated- it would make me extremely depressed and fatigued immediately after and would last for a couple days. Once I went on thyroid meds that went away entirely.

  • Sue Orick

    Thank you so much for all your posts and information. It is very helpful to me as I start my 3rd round of HCG. Regarding your Hashimoto’s…you might want to google “LDN” and read about this autoimmune treatment. Good luck and keep it up!

    • http://hcgchica.com/ Rayzel Lam

      Hi Sue- thank you- actually I was on Low Dose Naltrexone when my hashi’s was first discovered- thank you for mentioning it here for others to check into as well! I’m so glad I’ve been helpful to you.

  • Bridget

    Hey there! Not to sound like a weirdo (lol) but I just want to let you know that you have been an inspiration to me over the past couple weeks. I came across your blog while researching my own hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue problems. I’m 30 and have always had the HARDEST time losing weight – even on a paleo diet and exercising, while on thyroid and hormone replacement therapy. I’m happy to say that I’m on VLCD 3 and have already lost 6.5 lbs. Crazy! I got my HCG through your site at USHCGInjections…. Your success stories and how-to’s have been so helpful. I just wanted to say thank you, because I bet there are a ton of people just like me who are thinking the same thing : )

    • http://hcgchica.com/ Rayzel Lam

      Totally not weirdo. :)- I always appreciate the appreciative feedback others give me! I’m so glad to hear you’re doing so great on hCG so far- it really does seem to be the ticket for many of us who have struggled because of other health issues.

  • Theresa

    Every member of my immediate family has some sort of thyroid dysfunction or another and I have been tested 3 in the past 7 years myself due to inability to lose weight. I get fatigued at the littlest thing and no matter what diet(even doctor approved!) or exercise program(I was even on the swim team for four years!) has ever helped me get to a healthy weight. Although my most recent test came back negative I am still convinced that I have SOMETHING wrong with me, and my family’s history of thyroid disorders and my constantly swollen and sore neck area ( around the thyroid gland) makes me a little nervous. Do you have suggestion on any other tests that i can request to help with my health problems?

    • http://hcgchica.com/ Rayzel Lam

      Hey Theresa- I’m so sorry to hear about what your dealing with. The standard thyroid tests that medical doctors do are not sufficient to discover most cases of hypothyroidism- this particular page is very useful in telling you what sort of tests to get with your symptoms: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork/ and here: http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/understanding-thyroid-why-you-should-check-your-free-t3 Most docs check only your TSH levels and maybe your t4 levels- checking free t3 is VERY important, as is getting antibody testing for hashimotos done- it’s all in the first link. I hope this helps a little! Also you’ll notice the instruction to get a SALIVA cortisol test in the first link for checking your adrenals- ideally one that will you take samples of your saliva at least 3-4 times during the course of 24 hours.