Feb 5, 2009

Day of Collection: A Minor Gripe

Every few months my Doc has me collect lots of bodily fluids for her to test. I have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome which makes me feel very tired, achy, and so on, quite a long list of unpleasant things actually. So, I'm doing my 24 hr pee collection today; in addition to saliva collection, 5 tubes, starts with 8am, then 12pm, 4pm, 8pm and the last should be between 10pm - 3am. This last one is to pick up on what imbalance is contributing to my regular waking during the night, one symptom of AFS. It takes about a half hour to collect each tube. The point of these tests is to identify hormonal and other biochemical imbalances, hormonal includes stress hormones, etc. Quite complex. I've been in treatment for about a year now and though progress has been gradual, I am pleased thus far. I'm still not home yet. I remain hopeful. I am grateful to have found my family physician who understands and knows how to treat this syndrome. I thought it just felt this bad to be getting older, lol, and was so glad to learn that there was something making me feel so awful and most importantly something I can do to get better.

Minor gripe: My day is regulated by the requirements of these test... but writing here I see that I feel mostly grateful for the chance they offer to get well again. So, a very minor grip indeed. :)

The tests are done through this company (at a cost - we don't get coverage for them through our provincial medical plan here in Ontario, unfortunately).


The regime of hormones, medications and supplements that I follow, includes lifestyle management, like diet, exercise and emphatically - stress reduction (thus the Tai chi and meditation). In addition to treating the AFS, my Doc refers to this as an 'anti-aging' program. I like that. ; ) The goal is to return our body chemistry to levels similar to that of a 40 year old. (whatever that means :)

I recently found a book on Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. If you are painfully tired all the time, and have been for a long time, and nothing seems to help, you may want to look into this. If it seems to fit, talk to your Doc. I figure that if I gotta suffer, then I'll take it as I must, but I don't see any virtue in suffering unnecessarily. There is relief from this condition. It is becoming more prevalent in our fast paced, stress laden life lifestyles.


1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that your condition can be identified and treated. Yea!