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Dear Dr Thomas, I am 47 yrs female who has been burnt out for many years & couldn't find anyone to correctly diagnose me. Then I found a GP here in Australia who had good knowledge of Adrenal Fatigue, he put me on Dr XXXXX XXXXX's supplements. After more than a year I don't feel very much improvement. A friend has suggested that perhaps he should have started with detoxing my liver before putting me on supplements & drops. What are your learned recommendations that I can do or try to get better improvement to my health? It is all making me quite depressed. I also suffer from fibromyalgia and have some ankylosing spondolosis.
Can I also please add that the daily 'brain fog' is almost as hard to cope with as the constant lethargy.
My apologies as it seems my first reply to you did not come through, so I will go back and answer your original questions if ok?
Symptoms-constant lethargy, brain fog, constant 'mental chatter' even while asleep, extreme back pain and joint aches.
Testing-many times I had my thyroid checked by other GP's but came back normal. Only when new GP did saliva testing (at different times during the day) was it picked up that my adrenal glands were quite low but not Addison's disease fortunately. Blood tests for liver always came back normal. Liver enzyme testing I can't remember having that done. Please advise what ACTH levels mean so I can try & remember if I've had them tested.
Periods were always heavy & for more than 7 days so I had a "Marina" inserted by recommendation so periods are now light and irregular. That was done 7 years ago. No signs of menopause or peri-menopause as yet!
In answer to your second lot of questions:-
Estrogen levels I think were ok but Testosterone slightly low.
Also I had been on cortisone medication and creams throughout the years previous as I suffered badly with sinus & chest infections and allergies.