Adrenal Burnout sneaks up on you and you don't even realize what is happening to your body! It was about two years ago that I convinced my husband that I wanted to move from Georgia to Utah to be near my grandchildren after living in Georgia for 17 years. I had been away from my children, my grandchildren, and felt as though I was dealing with it well, but there was always this empty hole in my heart that I wasn't near them. My mother and father became ill, so we helped my sister take care of my father who had Alzheimer's and during that same period of time my mother developed Dementia, had bi-polar disorder, and OCD. We moved her into our home as she didn't qualify for Medicaid to go into nursing home. My father passed away sadly, and my husband and I cared for my mother for four years, and in her condition, was very traumatizing for us.
So after my mother passed away, my husband relented and we unexpectedly sold our home in a matter of three days, which to me was a sign. We both quit our jobs, sold or gave away over half of our belongings, packed up two large Pods, loaded up my son and our four Dachshunds, and headed out west... I drove my Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and my husband drove his Toyota Tundra with a huge trailer in tow. After five days of non-stop driving, we arrived in Utah and stayed with my son and his family for about six weeks while we searched for jobs and a place to live.
I probably would not have done this that way had I known then what I knew now. My husband and I handle stress well, we thought, but it didn't take long for the physical symptoms to show up.
I got extremely ill going into our second year here in Utah. I got Mycoplasma (walking pneumonia) and had no idea I was so sick. I had two jobs which I worked for awhile, but knew they just weren't a good fit for me, but I endured on until I could find one that was a great fit. I noticed a rash beginning around my neck, my face was getting swollen, I had a cough that just would not go away. I was exhausted, fatigued, and felt like I was going into a depression.
What was happening to me? I burned out my adrenal glands, those little pearls that sit on top of the kidneys, which produce the main hormones of stress: cortisol and DHEA. I was producing too much of these two hormones, probably starting when I lived in Georgia but only got worse with that hasty move, all in all it was for many years. What does adrenal fatigue feel like? You feel tired but wired. You crave sugar, similar to an addict. You grow a muffintop, you don't feel like exercising, nor pretty much anything else.
Do you want the Harvard-approved, complete list of symptoms?
(I have underlined all the symptoms that I experienced with my Adrenal Burnout.)
Anxiety, especially in stressful situations
Emotional instability or excessive emotions
Frequent screaming or yelling
Confusion, difficulty with focus, under stress
Poor resilience to stress – stress feels too much or unfair
Excessive sensitivity to human suffering
Feeling of victimhood
Accusatory (more common in men) or quarrelsome
Sharp, verbal retorts
Energy: fatigue, especially under stress
Skin: inflamed such as with rashes, eczema or psoriasis
Autoimmune: predisposed to Hashimoto’s or connective tissue disease ( Mine was EBV)
After awhile your adrenals become burned out having had to work overtime for too long, so they stop making the stress hormones. You then feel completely depleted. Maybe even depressed... not severely depressed, but more of a low-grade sadness and don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed-ness. You feel as if you just cannot handle another ounce of stress. You want to stay home every weekend and watch Lifetime TV. You want to be left alone and live in a cave.
Adrenal Fatigue is the most common hormonal imbalance in women.
The three mistakes women typically make when it comes to their adrenal function:
Women tend to minimize their symptoms of approaching burnout, until they drop from overgiving
Women reach for fake energy in the form of caffeine, sugar, energy drinks, and/or drugs or alcohol
Women soldier on in the face of overdrive, not realizing how out of alignment one or more aspects of their lives are with their beliefs.
Help! How to fix your Adrenal Burnout!!
You can start by listening to your symptoms. Listen to the messages your body is trying to send you. Listen for the health expressions that you have today, this week, this past month. Start a health journal and write down your feelings, symptoms, and what makes them worse or what makes them better. Begin a meditation program. Next, you have to remove toxins, and replace them with better, healthier choices. Jump start your hormonal balance, stabilize your blood sugar and remove all the fake energy you have been addicted to (caffeine, sugar, alcohol, dairy, gluten). You’ll feel like you’re on a mission to happiness and well-being!
Click on "My Recommendations to healing Adrenal Burnout" for solutions to improve the stress in your life!