This is my 4th abnormal saliva test. I take tons of herbs,not doing much for me. My thyroid group says I am in 4th stage of AF but want another opinion. 4th stage is near death.
I can't sleep at night anymore;my thyroid is trashed;I have blood sugar issues and gained a ton of weight;I feel like I am going to vomit sometimes. I think I really am going to die sooner than later. And the doctors are not helping me one bit,especially the endos,who think "it's all in my head." I go to a new primary next month.
AF is not a medical diagnosis - it is probably a combination of things...
AI however is a medical diagnosis but you would likely lose weight, not gain. The higher evening cortisol is more indicative of Cushing's - where you would gain rather than low cortisol and there is a lot of overlap of symptoms (I know this since I had Cushing's and my adrenals were removed to resolve it).
Most endos don't know how to treat it - or PCPs - so you have to find a good one. But if you think you have AF and take steroids well, it will just make you worse.
I took Flovent for 10 years to treat asthma but I came off it 3 years ago; I experienced my first "adrenal crisis" or whatever it's called after I quit the Flovent. Sudden vomiting, painful stomach pangs but at the time, I did not know what to do so I just did nothing and pushed through it. I was told afterwards I was lucky to have survived it but maybe that person was being dramatic? I don't know. I've been okay since then but my adrenals are really struggling and hoping not to experience that again.
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