I was interested to discover that as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was gradually receding from my life, the symptoms that remained could be from adrenal fatigue. Many unpleasant CFS symptoms had shrunk or disappeared but a cluster of Chronic Fatigue dysfunction clung stubbornly to me.
Vertigo had diminished considerably. I was no longer seasick, thanks to this decrease in vertigo. I no longer felt like I was going to bump into walls -- or that they were going to bump into me. These symptoms overwhelmed me when vertigo flooded in five years ago, and now they were ebbing with its outgoing tide.
My muscles and joints were no longer crippled, thanks to omega-3 oil and acupuncture. Digestive issues were a thing of the past.
My grasp of language had returned. Visual disturbances and over-stimulation from even low levels of noise no longer forced me into isolation.
Though I still needed rest periods, my sleep was normal. I rarely felt like I might fall down. My half hour walks were a joy.
And yet I lacked stamina. I could still become sapped at the drop of a hat, needing to go horizontal and silent after relatively mild stimulus. I was still subject to sensory overload when too much was going on. My CFS brain could still become too crowded too quickly and clench on me. I still could not live a normal life.
The adrenals produce more than adrenaline. And there are more things that can go wrong with the adrenals than Addison's disease (adrenals don't produce enough cortisol) and Cushing's syndrome (adrenals produce too much cortisol).
Many symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome run parallel to symptoms of adrenal fatigue. I fit the profile. My naturopath Dr. Upcott suggested that a nice adaptogen like ashwaghanda might be just the ticket. Adaptogens help the body take the rigors of life in stride.
I started taking one 750 mg. capsule of ashwaghanda daily, expecting to work up to two a day. In less than a week though, one a day was making me wired, and I felt like I couldn't keep up. I quit taking ashwaghanda till I felt more balanced again.
Will ashwaghanda prove to be the missing piece to the CFS puzzle? Is there more than one piece still missing? I wish I knew the answers to these questions but I don't. But I know this much. I feel better now than I have during most of the last decade.
I spent 15 years losing the battle against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Three years ago, I found treatment that worked for me, and now I am making a comeback.