Well, here it is, I’ve been searching for the answer for over two weeks now and I can find all sorts of information, much of it conflicting and so I’m putting it in a post. I know several members who have had simliar symptoms (Sx) of adrenal fatigue and/or hypothyroid conditions, but I just wanted to get a general consensus from the forum in regards to what to do, or additional advice.
I’m a 29 year old Military Service member who is suffering from some sort of ailment. I am trying to get into the health clinic to receieve some sort of treatment for whatever it is I have, and I believe it may be adrenal fatigue or some other hormone inbalance.
I’ve been an active bodybuilder for 10 years. I train hard and always have felt great during lifting and exercising. Now, I’m starting to feel sluggish and constantly fatigued. My desire to train is so low I just don’t care anymore and all I want to do is sleep and eat. This is when I started to realize that I had a bigger problem than simple depression and lack of sleeping, which is what I initially started trying to combat through supplementation and dietary changes.
My Sx’s include:
-low energy level/fatigue
-chronic low back pain
-decreased exercise recovery
-decreased motivation to train
-increased hunger for carbohydrates at night
-increased hunger for salt at night
-difficulty regulating weight
-increased stress level from work
I have not had lab tests done yet, and I’m not sure if they’re going to help if I don’t have a doctor familiar with endocrinology.
I’m on several supplements to try and get back to homeostasis and get my adrenal glands back to functioning properly.
-Vital Core (mutil vitamin with Ashwagana)
-Animal Stack PM (ZMA, GABA, L-Trypophan, Lysine, Leucine, GPC, Mucuna Puriens)
-recently dropped all fat burners (HOT-ROX)
-no more caffeine
My diet is consistantly high protein, low carbohydrate meals, moderate fat intake, divided into 6-8 meals/day.
I eat at least two salads a day with leafy grean veggies and whatever healthy veggies I can find. Typical veggies are broccoli, green beans, spinach, grean leaf lettuce, sprouts, olives, onion, garlic, mushrooms, zucchinni, peppers, cuccumbers, tomatoes, etc.
Protein sources include eggs, ground beef, lean sirloin, turkey sausage, tofu, cottage cheese, ham, chicken. Generally 3-6 oz portion sizes per meal.
Carbohydrate sources include oatmeal, whole wheat bread, bran flake cereal, and popcorn. I try and only have a source of carbohydrate for reloading purposes after weight training, but I’ve been craving salt and carbohydrates so badly at night that I feel as though I want to eat the world. I just can’t seem to get enough of either carbs or sodium.
At this point, I’m just not sure where to go from here. I was losing bodyfat on a fairly even keel dropping down to 6% BF and now I’ve just lost all motivation to keep training since I feel like crap. I still want to train hard, but the motivation is waning most days. Then when I do feel good I can generally get about 45 minutes of high intensity work done and then I’m too fatigued to do much else.
I appreciate the comments and critics.