32 bottles of pills on the wall…

As I get situated and figure out my daily routine I am constantly shocked by how I am incorporating more pills into my protocol every week. I now take 79 pills a day, and I have a feeling after the results I got yesterday that by the end of this week that total may be even higher yet.  

 
I will take them, and I will be devoted. But, it’s expensive and it’s awfully hard to tell what is working and what isn’t. Let me see…is it the 35th pill I take or the 61st each day? It’s overwhelming. I have to have two weekly pill containers now. 

I’m not writing this so that people feel sorry for me, I’m writing this to inform those around me that yes, I am better, but boy do I have a long ways to go still. 

I got my cortisol test results back yesterday and my adrenal glands are fried. They really aren’t working at all. You may be asking yourself, what are adrenal glands? Let, the newly proclaimed science nerd explain.  

 
The adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are made up of two distinct parts.
The adrenal cortex—the outer part of the gland—produces hormones that are vital to life, such as cortisol (which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress) and aldosterone (which helps control blood pressure).
The adrenal medulla—the inner part of the gland—produces nonessential (that is, you don’t need them to live) hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress).

Now, my adrenals are non functioning at the moment or highly fatigued, so what does that mean for me? 

Symptoms like: Fatigue, Body aches, Unexplained weight loss, Low blood pressure, Lightheadedness, Loss of body hair, Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation), heart palpitations, and insomnia. 

Good news is, I can turn this around now that we know it’s an issue. It will take time and more meds, but I’m hopeful. I’m also hopeful that this will get me over my hump and help me continue to progress and heal and feel better. Knowledge is power and I truly believe that. 

So, please keep me in your prayers or send some postive vibes my way as I figure out life. Living with a chronic disease and it’s difficulties, and how to deal with this hand I’ve been dealt.  

  
Just another piece to the puzzle. I am thankful for medicine and tests and doctors, and for such a supportive group of family and friends.  
 

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