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SUBJECT: MY ADRENAL FATIGUE/EXHAUSTION RELAPSE
My Stress-Related Illness (Adrenal)
Relapse March 28, 2006
In May of 2005 I ended the school year as a substitute teacher and didn't go back after an incident where I thought I was having a heart attack in class, which the school nurse instead thought might be a "cardiovascular" problem. Since adrenal exhaustion was followed by low thyroid, both of which cause vitamin B deficiency, which in turn causes homocycsteine increases in the blood--linked to inflamatory artery disease and the highest death rate from cardiovascular disease, I had long been worried about this problem. I also had several stress-related gall-bladder type attacks before the last day, and realized that I had become so hypersensitive to stress that I had to get out of the classroom environment before it killed me.
By the Spring of 2006 it was obvious I couldn't manage work or even handle social situations that might be too stressful, but the financial strain from the loss of my income was devastating, given that we had been supporting our daughter and granddaughter's household in Spokane, as well as our own.. At that point I decided to apply for SS disability based on the back injury that wouldn't heal, complicated with arthritis (I cured the inflamatory aspect of the arthritis myself with the Dr. James Van Fleet program described on the arthritis page on this site) that compromised movement and still caused me pain, as well as the more serious systemic effects of adrenal and thyroid deficiency. The back problem made it hard to move but the adrenal problem made it hard to live.
Since I couldn't afford the deductible and co-pay of Champus, I had virtually no recent documentation of my condition since the school district (Ed.105) did an MRI and x-rays in the winter of 2003-4. As ill and crippled up as I was, I worked as much as I could after that to help out financially, but it had taken it's toll. I wasn't getting well, in spite of having made so much improvement from the time when my adrenals, liver and kidneys had shut down.. Because of the lack of records, I was sent to SS medical sites first for some easy movement tests (a joke exam designed to eliminate everyone but quadroplegics) followed by several x-rays from the waist down to my lower hips to cover the affected area, from two different positions. No problem, the tech was gentle and careful.
I was scheduled for a psyche exam on the next appt. on April 20th.
After I left the hospital in TriCities, my buttocks started itching and stinging. Later that afternoon I felt raised bumps like hives, but didn't give it much thought. However, the itching and stinging spread, and I suddenly realized that the symptoms of urticaria (hives) were coming back. I had them for 23 months between the fall of 2000 and the fall of 2002 before finally getting rid of them. My naturopath had explained that low adrenals make everything slow down--my stomach function got bad from low HCL, followed by a congested liver, which caused the hives, and then my kidneys tried to overcompensate and shut down when the sodium in my body ran out, causing my body to swell with the fluids. I went through a long process to build up my adrenals, fed sodium to my kidneys, and did several liver detox programs ending with liver-gallbladder flushes, and finally got rid of the hives. It was a long, difficult process that I had to do on my own. My one appointment with the naturopath gave me the information I needed to work with, but after that I had to figure things out for myself.
Very quickly after the x-rays, the reaction become violent--far worse than the first time. My stomach shut down and the undigested food rotted, causing extreme pain and gas, then obviously so did my liver because the hives hit in earnest, both as urticaria and in a second form as angioedema, that effects the eyes and lips in particular. Then I started swelling up and knew my kidneys weren't working right either. This all happened in 2 or 3 days instead of over several months like last time.
I became extremely toxic. The pain was all over, joints, muscles, everywhere. I couldn't think straight or even get out of bed by myself because I was so weak. I've never experienced that kind of pain all over before. Then the hives hit internally. The first one swelled up my lower esphogus and food wouldn't get by so I quit all but some fluids. It felt like a bone was lodged in there--an awful feeling. A day later (they move around) the worst thing that's ever happened to me with hives occured. My tongue swelled. It filled up my mouth at the back of my throat so I could not close my teeth, talk, eat, drink or even swallow my own saliva. For two days I had to drool into a towel, and couldn't even get water down. The shocking pain wore me out and I slept most of the time. It finally went down, but then the back of my throat and side of my tongue swelled. I could breath and swallow, but it was so painful I just kept drooling into the towel. That was 4 days without food and almost no fluids.
However, I woke up after that 4 day period and the toxemia was gone, and I realized what had happened. When I first got sick my doctor ordered me on a 3 day fast to rest my digestive system and give it a chance to detox, but I hadn't been able to do it. This time I was on a forced fast, and it allowed some degree of recovery from the toxemia to take place.
I immediately started on glandulars and hydrotherapy to restore the glands and to stimulate blood circulation and digestion. I took digestive enzymes and HCL for anything I ate, and improved. The internal hives stopped, except for one that swelled on the side of my nose and in my right sinus cavity. It felt like a huge clot but was just the pressure of the swelling. I said the internal hives stopped, but that was only until I started trying to eat again.
After that it moved around on the outside of my face and body. My eye swelled shut one day, and I had numerous outbreaks on my body. then it would hit the lips, or my jaw and I looked like I had mumps first on one side and then the other. My hands swelled up so much I couldn't use them. But thumbs looked bee-stung. And my hands took on a look I discovered is part of adrenal fatigue--the fingers and palms turned red and shiny. I didn't get very good photos, but taking themselves in that condition is difficult, and my husband doesn't know how to use the camera.
Now it seems to be worsening again since I stopped the home hydrotherapy (hot and cold), so I will have to begin again. I now have regular hives all over, but not as bad as the first time when they overlapped from the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet. This is a fearful thing, not because of the itching and disfigurement, but because of the possibility of it closing up my throat as it has in the past. My husband wanted to take me to the hospital when my tongue swelled, and then my throat, but the cost is prohibitive. We are already on the verge of bankruptcy with creditors calling night and day. I'm not adding to that.
On Thursday, April 13th, 2006 I tried to eat a regular salad in the afternoon. Before that, it was mostly raw eggs in an eggnog-type drink advised by an online doctor from Australia from one of the health forums I haunt. I seemed to tolerate that well, but the salad sat on my stomach and I could taste the raw ingredients on into the evening and knew I was in trouble again. Sure, enough, my tongue swelled back up and I spent half the night awake. I did a hydrotherapy treatment in the middle of the night, was then able to sleep a few hours, and by morning the swelling was down enough to at least talk a little, although I'm hard to understand.
I've just noticed something else. When I first got sick in 2000, I rapidly gained over 75lbs within a few months, making me morbidly obese. But at least I was solid, with fairly good muscle tone. Now there are rolls hanging from my thighs on the inside, as though the muscle tone is now muscle-wasting. You can see it in the upper arm photo, where the same condition also shows. It was solid before. This has happened within two weeks.
I don't know what caused such a rapid reaction. It coincided timewise and in the area of the x-rays to start with. I suppose it's possible that radiation through my adrenals and other affected organs could have done something. I also considered that it was just the stress of the event. I've fought agoraphobia for months now, and have become more and more closed off, almost a prisoner in my own home. I don't know if this is the cause, but it's a possibility. I can't think of any causes of action besides these two.
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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