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#1 Old 04-11-2017, 12:25 PM
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Proper Diet for Adrenal Fatigue

For years I've been having issues with chronic exhaustion, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, body temperature problems, hormonal acne, hair loss (off and on), such bad fatigue I can't get out of bed, insomnia, dry skin, weight loss resistance, intense brain fog, inability to focus, and more.
When I first went vegan, in 2011, these symptoms subsided for a while. Over the years I've gotten better at this and have done a lot of research and learned how to eat properly. I had a relapse a couple of years ago with my eating disorder, though. It didn't last long, and I got back on track. Since then I have been eating properly and have had no diet problems. However, the chronic fatigue keeps coming back. I have been to many doctors who tell me I'm fine despite all my symptoms, and label me as a hypochondriac. I've been on many different medications for the anxiety and depression, and they never help, they also increase the exhaustion.
After doing lots of research, I'm thinking I may have adrenal fatigue and hormonal problems.
Apparently most doctors actually don't know much about this, thus why they overlook it and label people as hypochondriacs (I'm not the only person who's had this happen).
I'm saving my money to see a naturopath who specializes in these areas. In the meantime, I've been researching the proper diet, because it plays a huge role in the fatigue. Too many carbs is supposed to worsen it. Also too much potassium, I've read.
Does anyone out there have this issue, or know what kind of foods are good and bad for adrenal fatigue? There I honestly not much on the Web on this topic, and until I can get in with a specialist, I don't know what to do.

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Adrenal insufficiency is a real diagnosis and is not at all related to diet -- it is an autoimmune disease, but the symptoms are a bit different than what you are describing: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...e/ovc-20155636

Adrenal fatigue is not an appropriate medical diagnosis, which is why you won't find science-based medical providers who will treat it: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...e/faq-20057906

Don't bother seeing a naturopath. They will take your money but are not obligated to use effective, scientifically proven medical diagnostics or therapies: https://www.quackwatch.org/01Quacker...turopathy.html

The symptoms you are having could be related to a medical disorder, and you need to see a local science-based physician to sort out these issues rather then diagnosing yourself or turning to strangers on the internet. I hope you feel better soon.
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I can sympathize with doing your own research when doctors don't seem to help, but researching symptoms can be extremely dangerous.
I have learned to never respond to posts about diet and symptoms without looking to previous posts-like this thread-
https://www.veggieboards.com/forum/14...-tomorrow.html
Even when symptoms aren't just psychosomatic, it's easy to overlook the effects our mind plays on our bodies.
Have you kept a complete diary of your diet, including times of foods eaten?
Your symptoms as they appear throughout the day and night?
Your exposure to chemicals and smells?

You allude to high potassium levels, which most doctors would not think to assume in most diets, but in your posts on the thread I linked to you say you totally avoid salt. Does your doctor know this? Salt and postassium work against each other, the usual diet contains too much salt to make even the biggest bean eater concern. Most veg'n diets are higher in potassium than meat eaters, esp in the beans, grains, and pulses

You said you had tests done? What did that show?

Please be sure your doctor knows everything, including your past ED and water fasting
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#4 Old 04-12-2017, 10:44 PM
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There are dozens and dozens of autoimmune diseases and genetic diseases that all have very similar symptoms. You will never find out what it is that is wrong with you on the net (I know -personal experience). You need a good GP (general practitioner /family doctor) to do tests and to work out which specialist to send you to. Don't give up and stop looking. ask friends if they know of a good doctor. I know exactly how you feel and what it is like to be told it's all in your head (turned out some of my problems are literally physically in my head).

It took me years to get even close to knowing what the main problem is and I am now in a study that a neurology professor is doing. Still don't have a name for it but I know that it is probably caused by a genetic mutation.

You will probably have to have a lot of tests done to find out what the problem is. It could be a simple autoimmune disease which can be treated easily (not cured but symptoms controlled). Don't be fobbed off by being told you are a hypochondriac, no Dr knows everything but some think they do.

Make sure your B12 stays at the right level and get your copper levels checked. Veg'ns should be aware that diets with lots o leafy greens, nuts, dried fruit and soy are high in copper and if you have an ApoE gene other than the E3 you can have problems with copper and other heavy metals.

So find a good Dr who can sen you to another good Dr who knows about autoimmune diseases and genetic mutation diseases. Do not believe anyone who say its psychological and don't rely on the net to self diagnose.
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I can sympathize with doing your own research when doctors don't seem to help, but researching symptoms can be extremely dangerous.
I have learned to never respond to posts about diet and symptoms without looking to previous posts-like this thread-
https://www.veggieboards.com/forum/14...-tomorrow.html
Even when symptoms aren't just psychosomatic, it's easy to overlook the effects our mind plays on our bodies.
Have you kept a complete diary of your diet, including times of foods eaten?
Your symptoms as they appear throughout the day and night?
Your exposure to chemicals and smells?

You allude to high potassium levels, which most doctors would not think to assume in most diets, but in your posts on the thread I linked to you say you totally avoid salt. Does your doctor know this? Salt and postassium work against each other, the usual diet contains too much salt to make even the biggest bean eater concern. Most veg'n diets are higher in potassium than meat eaters, esp in the beans, grains, and pulses

You said you had tests done? What did that show?

Please be sure your doctor knows everything, including your past ED and water fasting
Based on her other thread, and from my own experience, it doesn't seem to me like she is over her eating disorder and has her diet sorted out. I had many of these symptoms when I was starving myself (and I am not talking about eating only a few hundred calories a day, I am talking about 1000-1200 calories per day for prolonged periods). Though some people have been successful living on greens and raw fruits with occasional avocados or nuts, I think it takes a lot of diligence and knowledge to live this lifestyle and get your needs met. I am skeptical if someone has a history of an eating disorder that they would be able to handle the volume of food it takes to make this style of eating work.

Also, no matter what weight you are at, it is not uncommon to lose the ability to menstruate after prolonged dieting and/or eating disorder. I didn't have that experience only because my eating disorder came AFTER I lost my uterus and ovaries and was already in surgical menopause. But I can tell you that I had numerous symptoms with surgical menopause that one might not think is a part of that (and this can apply to someone who lost their period or it is irratic and they are not ovulating)...hair falling out, exhaustion, mood swings, nausea, dry skin. When I was restricting really hard, I had strange eruptions on my skin, sort of like a rash but raised bumps, but no itching. I was told I had a niacin deficiency after some tests. I went to many many doctors, naturopathic ones included, for three years before figuring out how to balance my hormones with a hormone replacement my body would absorb correctly, and it made a HUGE difference in how I felt. Also, periods of restriction can lead to thyroid problems which can cause exhaustion and hair loss. Something to have checked if you haven't already.

Personally if I was experiencing everything you are, I would be more flexible with my diet to include some cooked foods, grains, beans, etc. Start with the very basics that you DO have control over. Continuing to cut out and focus on foods as the cause of your problems is only going to make matters worse.

I never had a good experience with a naturopathic doctor or a quack chiropractor I went to years ago who was into alternative medicine (idiot cracked my back without asking me first when I had severe osteoporosis, and I walked out the door right after that, in tears and pain, and refuse to ever go back to one). Many of the tests they do are not evidence based, and the disorders they tend to diagnose one with are vague problems like "candida overgrowth" or "adrenal fatigue". I was diagnosed with all those. My candida overgrowth was in fact not a system overgrowth but vaginal yeast infections due to sudden surgical menopause and severe lack of my natural hormones (which any idiot should have figured out). They stopped when I found an HRT my body would absorb enough. And I went to a family practice doctor who was open and willing to look at me as a whole person and test my hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) due to being in surgical menopause and having so many hormonal issues). And my young body was SCREAMING for hormones. The naturopathic doctor had me eating nothing but fresh meat and about three or four nonstarchy no sugar vegetables every day to "starve" out the yeast. This was in 2006 long before I was vegan (though the chiropractor I went to was when I was vegan and he kept trying to push fish oil at me and insisting my vegan "diet" would kill me). It was the start and trigger of an eight year battle with an eating disorder. And I never felt worse in my life than I did on that extreme low carb diet. Ugh. I also had to take all kinds of weird expensive supplements that did nothing but make me sicker (like oil of oregano for example...worthless).
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Have you tried herbal remedies besides diet? Ashwagandha may be helpful (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22987912)
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