After I got the CFS/ME diagnosis, I did a lot of in-depth research. One of the things I found was that it often came with sub-clinical adrenal disorder, often referred to as adrenal fatigue. Not to the level it needs treated with steroids--and in fact, treating with steroids can shut the adrenals down completely and permanently, at that point.
Every site, including doctors' blogs, recommended supplementation that included increased B vitamins, and a few herbs. Several of the non-affiliated MDs' sites recommended finding a specially formulated adrenal support blend. So I went looking.
Sweet baby Thor in a thunderstorm--there are a LOT of adrenal support supplements out there.
I narrowed it down to those without adrenal tissue added. Unless you're right at the spot where the docs would start treating you with small dosages of steroids, you don't want adrenal tissue in your supplement. That can exacerbate the issue, or shut your adrenals down, depending on amount and potency.
Even with that ingredient left out, there are still a LOT of adrenal support supplements out there.
I kept looking, and finally settled on AdrenaMaxx. It's a chewable supplement that contains several things I already knew helped me (like a lot of different B vitamins, and a few amino acids that are contraindicated for those with bipolar disorder or borderline hyperthyroid--L. Tyrosine, specifically).
I received the bottle, and found enough cotton wadding to make a few yards of yarn, did I spin. The pills themselves were crumbly and easily broken, so that's probably why they were packed in so tightly.
The recommended dosage is two tablets per day. So I started taking them.
They didn't do anything right away. But by the second day, some of my symptoms had begun to alleviate themselves. One of the most annoying but least serious symptoms completely resolved itself. And then, my energy levels started replenishing faster when I sat down to rest. And then, the weight started coming off. Most of the symptoms that mimic the low thyroid symptoms started to ease.
Spectacular. The supplement was working beautifully.
Then I started doing research into the actual ingredients, potential side effects, and potential interactions with other medications. Amino acids were all fine, even the L. Tyrosine.* Slippery elm, fine...licorice root. Not fine.
See, licorice root interferes with the absorption of medications metabolized by the liver. Including hormonal birth control pills.
Uh...yeah, I quit those suckers immediately. I would rather be miserable and incapable than miserable, incapable, and pregnant.
Bottom line: AdrenaMaxx works. It works beautifully. But.
And that's a big BUT.
You shouldn't take it if you're taking birth control. It can cause it to fail.
*L. Tyrosine is metabolized by the thyroid gland into thyroid hormone. Since I no longer HAVE a thyroid gland, it doesn't do a whole lot besides just help other systems function properly.
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