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Adrenal exhaustion

Finally, I did my own research on panic disorder, thyroid and PMS. I got my results and found my adrenals are completely exhausted! And my hormone results showed I lack progesterone like the desert lacks water.

Hello Ladies. I have been suffering from a number of things for 2 years now. It all started one day while driving to work. I must have had the worst panic attack ever but I didn't know it at the time. I thought I was dying and I ended up in the emergency room. There I found out that I had hyperthyroid. (I was also diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was 19.)

While awaiting test results from the endocrinologist, I quit driving and leaving my home due to severe panic attacks. I was tested for other thyroid functions 3 weeks later and amazingly enough my thyroid levels had begun to decrease. I was still feeling crazy so then they checked my iron. It turns out I was suffering from an iron deficiency as well. Taking iron supplements took away a little bit of the fatigue but I was still feeling awful.

Six months later my thyroid function was tested again. It was stuck on borderline hyper where it is to this day, and that was a year and a half ago. I went to 2 different endocrinologists who refused to treat it saying it just wasn't high enough. So I gave up on them.

Meanwhile, my fears grew and the agoraphobia got worse. I'm at the point where I can't check my mail or take my trash out. I've been to 4 different primary care practitioners and all of them tell me to go to a psychologist, and then prescribe me Zoloft, Lexapro, Ativan and Xanax. I don't take synthetic medications and I don't believe I'm suffering from panic disorder I tell them. They of course didn't listen to me.

My fears grew and I felt worse as the days went by. I was now afraid of most foods and developed asthma and other allergies that I’ve never had before in my life. I suffer from severe PMS and infertility. My hair falls out by the chunks in the shower, I lose weight no matter what, and I'm irritable, angry and tired all the time.

Finally, I did my own research on panic disorder, thyroid and PMS. I received an email one day from a women's website and they were linking anxiety to hormonal imbalance. So, I took it upon myself to order hormone saliva tests and adrenal function tests, as I had read that a hormonal deficiency could be the cause of all of my illnesses - thyroid, hypoglycemia, PMS, anemia, panic.

I got my results and found my adrenals are completely exhausted! My hormone results showed I lack progesterone like the desert lacks water. I began seeing a naturopathic doctor and she is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I will be starting progesterone cream in a few days. She has helped me so much!

So, ladies please, if a doctor tells you that you have emotional issues and tries to put you on psychiatric meds, DON'T DO IT! More than likely you have underlying endocrine problems that will make you feel as though you've lost your mind and are close to death. There is a simple answer. Test yourself. Be your own doctor to some degree and research all you can and then find yourself a natural doctor to help you. Western medicine has gone down hill. Synthetics are no good for you. They can make the problem worse.

I hope my story will help someone out there and provide some light at the end of their dark tunnel. God Bless!!

Jessica

 

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Updated  05/15/2010