First, let me apologize for the length of this post, in reality I've ommitted more details precisely because of that...
On April 30th I began having some "attacks" that at first I thought were effects of thyroiditis, I felt so bad I decided to go to a doctor and not having insurance or money I went to a "free clinic". They ordered a TSH test and the typical blood tests, my TSH was high (9) and my liver enzymes were high. None of these things are really new since in '00 I'd been diagnosed with "hypothyroidism" (but later became sure what I really have is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which my own mother had) and not too long after my liver enzymes began to show elevation on various tests. I also could not really tolerate thyroid meds well, which I've read is a sign of adrenal imbalance of which I've shown many of the symptoms on different occasions. In 2010, and just now, any infectious type of hepatitis was ruled out. But these attacks were different from other thyroiditis attacks I'd experienced, the symptoms have been more intense and the inflammation of longer duration, especially the sudden adrenaline rushes that seem to set me on fire and shoot my blood pressure up, among other things.
But doctors in all their brilliancy immediately wanted to prescribe a high blood pressure medication, I suspect because of my age (59) they take for granted that I must have hardened arteries or whatever, but for most of my life I've been pretty health-conscious and taken care of myself, plus taken a number of supplements, and even in recent years, when NOT under stress, my b/p has been perfectly normal. I've faced the same thing countless times because my blood pressure at times seemed to shoot up, especially during or after times of stress, which to me is just the expected reaction but not indicative of a "permanent" condition. And for over a year now I noticed that it seemed to go up after I laid down to go to sleep, which I read is another sign of adrenal fatigue, and up until recently taking a "OO" capsule filled with magnesium sulfate before going to bed prevented that annoying effect that kept me awake.
However, at the onset of this recent "episode", which includes tachycardia and/or palpitations, besides a host of other symptoms that are listed in most adrenal fatigue websites, magnesium wasn't working and after doing some reading I found I needed more calcium as I was taking little and not too regularly. Keeping the balance between those two has not been easy so maybe that why in part I've continued to get these attacks every 4-5 days. Experimentally, I began taking a dessicated adrenal gland supplement and it calmed my heart down just shortly after I started it that very first day. Unfortunately, it has not stopped the attacks entirely and it could be because there are several hormones in it and the amount from capsule to capsule more than likely varies; still I feel I'm on the right track, besides, I've had symptoms of adrenal fatigue in several different occasions through the years and most of the time an adrenal support supplement (mostly vitamins) helped me get better.
The problem came in trying to get the doctors to take me seriously. They ordered a useless cortisol blood test and proclaimed I have no adrenal problem. And many years ago the same thing happened when a 24-hr urine cortisol test was ordered (also useless) at a time when I had most signs of high cortisol. Today the 'doc-du-jour' at the clinic offered the same test so he could refer me to an endo and I declined because it's almost guaranteed to come back negative. And all he had in his "bag of goodies" was Amlodipine, a band-aid for my high blood pressure. I accepted it because one night last week I feared I would get a stroke because my head began to throb and I was insanely hot all over,, but once home I immediately looked it up and saw that it's contraindicated when there's "liver disease" (not completely ruled out) plus there's a mile-long list of possible side effects, and since I've had elevated liver enzymes I began to overreact to EVERYTHING (and, no, I know it's not "in my head") I decided I'm not desperate enough to take what appears to me like a very dangerous drug.
Since I'd been lurking at this forum (used to participate in others in years past) I decided to post to ask for opinions, or rather validation, because I "ain't" touching that stuff.
I've decided for now just to go to Mental Health to get a Rx for a mild tranquilizer to help me deal with any subsequent "attacks" (they are pretty much like panic attacks...) and a course of sleeping pills to help me go back to sleeping at night, I've been sleeping during the day on/off for years and I know this alone will fry anyone's adrenals. Perhaps with these "crutches" plus some herbal supplements and vitamins both my liver and adrenals can heal. I'm very hopeful because I realized my 3 most recent episodes in the last 2 years happened after eating wheat and dairy products, which I've learned do not agree with me, in fact, I'm pretty sure I'm gluten intolerant, my father was and I've read this is hereditary, and after I stopped I eventually began to feel better.
Lastly, I'm thinking that if my self-ministrations don't bring some kind of positive result soon I'm even willing to go further into debt in order to obtain help from a good doctor that practices complimentary medicine, but any suggestions "in the meantime" will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for your kind reply! I've always wanted to have a hair test done so I'll keep that in mind as it does make sense to me.
I really could kick myself because I'd actually been doing very well mood-wise until shortly after I broke my gluten and dairy-free diet back in February. I did the same thing last August, which was after a period of a lot of stress, and soon began to feel depressed, then this unrelenting and overwhelming fatigue, and by October had a full-on thyroiditis attack with palpitations/tachycardia and sort of like panic attacks, also obstructive apnea (from the thyroid swelling) so trying to sleep was hard. But with a couple of simple remedies I found on EarthClinic.com everything quickly calmed down. By then I was sleeping mostly at night so my mood also improved a whole lot, and through most of the winter I felt way better than I had most of the year. Then I guess I took my progress for granted and now got myself a little deeper "in the hole".
About the supps, 1) I always take Vit. C but not that much, only recently I began to take about 2g/day; it's kind of hard for me to remember when to take what but I'll try to do better.. 2) I don't plan on taking licorice because a naturopath told me years ago to avoid it due to my b/p's tendency to go up rather than down. 3) I use Real Salt in my food but I have a question, should I ingest 1 tsp. in addition to that? I do know I cannot eat much salt a few hours before going to bed or my hands will swell up while I sleep and go numb and wake me up... 4) I knew Pantothenic Acid is essential in dealing with stress but had forgotten whatever I'd read about panthetine, time to hit the books again and/or do a search, I'm planning to place an order of supps in a day or two so I might include it in it. 5) I'd also been taking a B-complex daily (but sometimes I'd forget...) and recently began trying to take it 2x/day because even Adele Davis "back in the day" always said it was absolutely essential for adrenal health.
A couple of cheap effective things I have been using:
Breathing exercises. Buteyko Breathing has been the most helpful. “Slow Breathing” and Coherent breathing are also helpful.
Through your breathing, you can take control of your nervous system. You can google all of the above techniques
Meditate twice per day. Start with Concentration Meditation techniques, and them progress to mindfulness meditation, such as body scan meditation.
The EMF we are exposed to creates a lot of stress. Earthing reduces stress hormones (cortisol) during the night and has many other benefits are well. You can buy an earthing strap for sleeping for about $30.
The above are all very cheap and very effective at calming the nervous system.
Best of luck to you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and share your valuable suggestions! I think I'd read one of your previous posts referring to the Buteyko tecnique but I forgot to look it up, however, I noticed that when I become more aware of my breathing I notice sometimes I've even been holding my breath . On top I have permanent nasal congestion (from mold exposure, I'm sure) so I don't get a lot of oxygen most of the time and I read that in itself can cause b/p to go up plus some of my other symptoms, so I then begin to breathe deeply and slowly and so far those few attempts seem to have helped, so I know your suggestion has a lot of merit, also meditation sounds right, I'll definitely explore that!
Thank you for your input. I'm sure you're on to something here, I once read that problems with magnesium and potassium were common in hypothyroid patients, also because the parathyroid is so close to the thyroid it's practically inevitable that it will be affected as well, and it's been clear to me for some time that I have a mineral imbalance as I feel the constant need to take the "4" but not always in the same amount. During my previous thyroiditis attack soaking my feet a few times in hot water with Epsom Salt took my palpitations away but this time magnesium was not helping much, and when I took calcium I felt better. But another day after rubbing some "magnesium oil" on it started to calm down. I've also had to play with my powdered potassium bicarbonate, omitting it entirely some days, so naturally, I'd prefer for my own body to regulate them itself.
I had wondered about raw milk products because I've bought organic cream cheese a couple of times and did not react to it with worsened nasal congestion like it was happening with the regular one, maybe next time I go to the health food store I'll buy some raw milk cheddar instead of the even more expensive goat gouda I've been buying in very small chunks as a very special treat, so thanks for posting that!
I agree that a healthy liver is key and your opinion reinforces the thought that I need to address that above all. I'm very afraid of liver flushes though so I'm going to stick with something else. I'd been taking Triphala but it really doesn't seem to be helping much or maybe I'd just not been taking enoug... I was and doing castor oil packs but tgot tired of that so I stopped and only restarted last week. They did help, especially when I started feeling pressure and/or aches on the upper right side of my abdomen and I had gotten better, but then I regressed and lately I've gotten worse, maybe because I'd been eating a lot of regular butter, the only dairy product that didn't seem to obviously bother me. But I think the gluten/casein eating is what has done a number on me each and every time so I've vowed to "clean up my act" for good and have begun eating organic foods too. I bought an "OTC" milk thistle supplement and plan to order a better one online, hopefully with other liver supporting ingredients, I'm also going to order Dr. Christopher's Liver & Gall Bladder Cleanse because it sounded good as I'm sure I must have stones. The other night after I put on my castor oil pack I developed an ache that lasted for hours so I think the pack caused one of them to try to pass through and it got kind of stuck, but the next day the ache was gone. I'd felt a less intense ache before and then put the pack on and it made it go away, this was the first time the ache came after I put the pack on. I also noticed that after my attacks began unless I had a digestive enzyme (w/ox bile) my gut would begin to grumble right after a meal and I'd need to go to the bathroom soon after, some days I had several BMs but sometimes felt worse rather than better, my impression was of being pretty toxic, so I've stuck with OP at least once a day.
Thanks, I'm a great believer in magnesium and have taken it in different forms since 1983. I also take Vit. D (2,000 IU) almost daily, sometimes instead of my softgels I just take a tablespoon of cod liver oil so I can get Vit. A too. But I think I neglected calcium in recent times because at one point it seemed to me I needed magnesium more than calcium. Balancing all the supplements I take gets a little difficult sometimes, especially now that I'm hypothyroid again.
Thanks for your post. I'm really not familiar with the companies that do these tests but did read one should get a lab that doesn't wash the hair, is that why you're recommending Trace Elements, Inc.? And what is this about needing a sponsor? Don't know what you mean... I'd also like to know where you got the information about calcium being higher when there's a thyroid issue as I had never heard that, what I'd heard is of a possible difficulty with magnesium and potassium, which I've had but I also may have overdone the magnesium at times. In answer to your question about magnesium, the best for me for several years was "magnesium oil", but last October I kind of accidentally realized I'd overloaded on chloride so I stopped using it for several months and just used magnesium oxide (taken on an empty stomach as recommended to me by I guess I could say a holistic doctor for better absorption) or a capsule filled with magnesium sulphate at bedtime, probably because I couldn't decide what form of magnesium to try next, but I think someone here at Curezone suggested magnesium maleate... or was it something else? Oops, need to find that post!
That was very helpful. I do want to have a hair analysis but I lost my job a few weeks ago so I may have to wait on it because then I'd probably have to spend on new supplements and I just placed an order with a credit card, BUT I really appreciate your offering to sponsor me and I'm going to save your message so I don't forget "who" you are!
I really doubt I could be high on calcium, years ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia in my neck and lower back and while I know calcium is not the only or even main mineral needed, since I have eaten dairy products very infrequently in the last 7+ years and I'm not consistent about including other good calcium sources (I suppose my most regular one has been raw almonds but I haven't even been eating them much lately),and I'm not even good at taking my calcium tabs regularly and then only have 250-500 mg. on the days I remember. And if the parathyroid gets affected when there's a thyroid inflamation problem what makes sense to me is that I could be low in calcium. right? The other day I had kind of like red splotches on my legs and when I mentioned them in a small group I was, a girl exclaimed she gets that way when she's low in calcium,;right now my skin looks normal which could be because I've been trying to have some calcium every day.