I'm something of a n00b around here, so I'm pleased to meet you.
Currently, I seem to be in a very catabolic state, whereby my body is not necessarily wasting skeletal muscle (already pretty wasted) but collagen in my skin/etc., to the effect that I'm aging rapidly under the influence of cortisol (also with elevated estradiol now).
There are two strange things I did recently:
- used a soil-based probiotic (in an attempt to curb yeast infection)
- exposed myself to copper from the lining of a drinking vessel
Also, I'm losing salt, which implies that the hormone aldosterone is affected somewhat - maybe through the mechanism of chronically high cortisol and its respective "pregnenolone steal".
I've been doing investigations with a functional medicine practitioner, although things are getting expensive and adrenal modulators don't seem to be making any difference.
It's clear that I have a yeast infection, although I've probably had this for some while and didn't experience this kind of inflammatory-mediated catabolism before, which is downright scary - I'll have the skin and connective tissues of a pensioner if this continues much longer.
I typically maintain a diet of good fats, moderate unrefined carbs and high quality proteins.
My adrenal saliva tests showed elevated cortisol, elevated estrogens, midrange testosterone and midrange progesterone, although it's also worth noting that I recently started a course of antibiotics for h. pylori (something I thought may be a source of inflammation), which seemed to trigger some kind of growth in my right breast (maybe consistent with immunosuppression and high estradiol).
With cortisol and estrogen on the move, I can only wonder how catabolic I can get, not to mention constant dehydration from losing salt/water.
If anyone has any ideas how I can tackle this catabolic wasting, it would be most appreciated.
Maybe I've been somewhat vague in presenting information, so please ask for more information if necessary.
This wasting phenomena is a scary experience, to say the least.
Thanks for your consideration.