My Adrenals are Sick

Not sure how I'm still standing, since no cortisol can mean death, but thank God for the body's reserve system of adrenaline AKA Epinephrine. Our hormones are extremely sensitive and a slight imbalance can wreck havoc on every organ and system. The body may try to overcompensate by using the 'fight or flight' hormone. Cortisol is mandatory for survival. If you have thyroid disease, please check your adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters too. The thyroid and adrenals work together. Low DHEA is also a sign of adrenal problems. Mine has been low for years. Someone my age should have thriving DHEA. If you have low DHEA, that is a red flag that your adrenals are struggling and may need additional support, such as supplements and lifestyle or diet modifications. 
The worst of my own problems began after having a tremendously stressful career for over 10 years. I've always been a health nut, but I still wasn't exactly treating my adrenals with kindness. I've been trying to 'heal' my adrenals now for a few years, but these latest results hint to more of a permanent cause, such as destruction of the glands. I'm going to the Cleveland Clinic on Feb. 14 to see an Endocrinologist, who specializes in Addison's and other adrenal disorders. 

Sometimes I blame myself for the demise of my own health. I don't know if I caused it. It is true that I have multiple autoimmune diseases and scientists aren't exactly sure what triggers the expression of these genes, but stress is a common one that's thrown around, as are environmental and other risk factors. 
If only I had stopped and smelled the roses more, would I still be so sick? Instead, I was more concerned with 'climbing the corporate ladder.' 

Take some time today to love your adrenals.


  1. I am going through the same thing. (((hugs)))

  2. I have hashimotos but wonder at the same time if my adrenal glands are jacked up because of my symptoms