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Exhausted Even With Sleep? Adrenal Fatigue Could Be Why.

Here at Clymer Healing Center, we’ve specialized in the assessment and treatment of Adrenal Fatigue since 1969. We’ve helped over 12,000+ patients to regain their energy and vitality. Through no fault of their own, the majority of these men and women come to us suffering from profound fatigue.

The aim of this article by Dr. Andrew Neville is to give you an in-depth knowledge of fatigue and how to get your energy back.

If you don’t have time to read this article and just want to reach out to us for help, then you can get in contact by completing this short form.

By way of more than 300,000 patient interactions, we at Clymer have learned a great deal about our patients with Adrenal Fatigue.

Patients with Adrenal Fatigue are a cut above the rest. They are go-getters with “Type A” personalities. They are usually more caring and conscientious than most. They possess above-average intelligence, and they are responsible enough to have educated themselves about their health challenges.

And if you’re like them, you will identify closely with this information.

#1 I was sidelined from life too.

For most of us, fatigue is a difficult condition to quantify and describe. We’ve all been “tired” before; but we rest, catch up on sleep, take better care of ourselves, and rebound.

Yet, Fatigue is the number one reason that people seek medical attention.

I’ve been there, and it’s what brought me here.

Like most of you, I was not only “tired,” I was wiped out. As a college student, I was absolutely exhausted. I could barely keep up with my studies at Rutgers University. Full weekends passed without any social interaction—I spent them sleeping. In essence, I was “benched.”

It was only by chance that I discovered my fatigue was the symptom of something bigger and potentially more troubling than simple “tiredness.”

I always had an interest in Naturopathic Medicine, even while studying finance at Rutgers. Changing my life’s path, I made my way to Bastyr University to obtain my degree in Naturopathic Medicine. While there, and still experiencing bouts of deep fatigue, I happened upon a book, Chronic Fatigue Unmasked. It opened my eyes.

All my symptoms were there and explained: profound fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, chronic illness. The list went on.

After graduating with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr, I came to Clymer Healing Center. The book’s author, Dr. Gerald Poesnecker, was the director here. He became my mentor as I completed my residence with him.

I have an intensely personal interest in the study of fatigue. In the video below, I share my own emotional journey with Adrenal Dysfunction.

#2 Can you relate to these symptoms?

When you’re more than just “tired,” it affects every area of your life.

Your family misses you. Your spouse doesn’t understand where his partner went. Your career suffers. Financial consequences pile up.

Sometimes even taking care of yourself seems impossible. And, oh, how much you’d like to be able to do something as simple as take your kids to an afternoon movie… or just cheer from the sidelines at a hockey game.

Ever hear, “Yeah, I’m tired, too, but I have to work,” or a similar comment from a friend or family member?

Or the ever-popular, “It’s all in your head.”

Perhaps, you’ve heard that you should just get some exercise, eat some red meat, or go to a therapist.

These unfortunate, ignorant comments come from people—often well-meaning—who simply don’t get it. It is not a choice. You cannot physically or mentally push yourself any further.

Once you’ve hit that wall, so to speak, you seek help. After all the run-around, the referrals to specialists, the lack of any real answers, people then find me. They have no choice but to get some help. The fatigue is just that overwhelming.

Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that is difficult to understand. Even those that are going through it, even after it’s explained to them, don’t quite “get it” for a while. And they’re the ones experiencing the symptoms on a daily basis.

It may seem like you’re just “tired,” but there’s much more to it. It’s unfortunate, but most doctors don’t know this.

#3 Why good doctors miss clear signs

So, you’re in bed more than you’re out if it. You’re waiting for it to pass, for the rebound, for the crash to end.

But what happens when there’s no rebound? When there’s no gas left in the tank? And what happens when your general practitioner can’t find anything “wrong” with you?

These are the patients that find their way to me. They are simply unable to “rebound,” and it affects almost every aspect of their lives.

Conventional doctors rarely understand this profound fatigue. Aren’t they supposed to have an intimate knowledge of the body’s physiology?

It’s relatively common for my new patients to plop down binders and folders full of entirely “normal” test results on my desk from some of the most exclusive world-famous clinics in the country.

I’ve come to the assumption that no one has a grasp on Adrenal Fatigue, and I am occasionally and pleasantly surprised when someone does or even tries.

My patients say to me, “I’ve been everywhere. Tried everything. Everyone and everything here says I’m normal, but why am I still so tired?”

Conventional doctors are trained in assessing and treating the disease, not the dysfunction.

They often miss subtle changes in blood work, which, had the changes been caught and addressed sooner, would have prevented disease.

Should your blood work or testing land in the normal range—or close to it—these doctors will chase your symptoms. While they’re busy putting Band-Aids on your symptoms, the root of the dysfunction is creeping its way into disease.

#4 The misery of the specialist merry-go-round

There are hundreds of conditions and situations that can lead to excess fatigue. What we as physicians are trained to identify are the underlying causes of disease, and in this case, the underlying cause of fatigue.

As I stated above, however, your conventional GP will chase your symptoms and never get to the bottom of your exhaustion.

How do they go about addressing your fatigue?

  • They poke, prod, scan, and scope every part of you.
  • You’re sent to specialist after specialist.
  • They suggest psychiatric medication.

And then what? Nothing’s changed. You’re still exhausted, and you’re a bit lighter from all the blood they took.

The NIH reports that 20% of Americans are tired enough that it interferes with the activities of daily living, such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, grooming, etc. But Adrenal Fatigue is considered a “pre-disease,” and warrants little concern.

If you were to ask your doctor about the extremes of Adrenal Fatigue—Addison’s disease on one side (complete adrenal failure) or Cushing’s disease on the opposite (pituitary tumor leading to over-stimulation of the adrenals)—he or she would be able to understand, describe, diagnose, and treat you.

Anything short of those two incredibly rare conditions, and doctors will tell you that your adrenals are “working fine.”

Have you been tested and fallen short of these major and challenging diseases? Thank goodness! But should you be told that you should simply “get some rest?” No.

#5 The evidence is everywhere

I am convinced that Adrenal Fatigue is the number one cause of fatigue in this country.

I have seen thousands of patients over the past 12+ years. I have dug my heels into researching every aspect of the adrenals and fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is real, and it’s affecting nearly every system in our bodies.

I promise that this won’t turn into a science lesson, but there exists a well-accepted delineation between “Central Fatigue” and “Peripheral Fatigue.”

Central Fatigue is associated with the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the feeling of tiredness. This is caused by altered neurotransmitter levels and function, mitochondrial dysfunction, immune dysregulation, and oxidative stress.

Peripheral Fatigue is more associated with muscle fatigue and weakness: being physically tired, primarily as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction and hormone imbalances (adrenal, thyroid, gonads).

These differences are most important to those of us researching the underlying causes of fatigue, rather than to the average person who is just dog-tired. The underlying causal pathophysiology is important to physicians and researchers because it can lead to specific treatments if better understood.

If you were to scan the research and literature on central and peripheral fatigue, you’d find what I’ve found and use in my practice every day.

Fatigue is a tough thing to define scientifically. This is because of the subjectivity of “feeling tired.” Also, there is no direct test or marker for fatigue, although researchers are working on it.

In a nutshell, Adrenal Fatigue is the result of chronic, unremitting stress that overwhelms one’s genetic capacity.

#6 Feeling hungover without a sip of wine? 

How does fatigue feel?

Since this is a highly subjective, multidimensional experience, it’s not the same for everyone. In general, it’s perceived as:

  • Physical tiredness or exhaustion
  • A need for reduced activity
  • Reduced motivation
  • Mental “burnout” or mental fatigue

Sounds like some fairly common symptoms, don’t they?

But it’s not simply a matter of needing to sleep. Fatigue can negatively affect every system in the body.

This was the experience for Chris, one of my patients here at Clymer Healing Center…

#7 Has your bucket runneth over?

I use a metaphor to help my patients understand Adrenal Fatigue and Dysfunction. In fact, I use it in many articles on this website. It’s the best way I know to give a clear picture of what’s happening in your body.

Our genetic capacity for stress is developed at conception and shaped throughout life, half from mom, half from dad. In utero, our adrenals get an idea of how stressful the outside world is through a shared circulation between mom and baby.

We are all born into the world with a certain size bucket of tolerance for stress, any stress.

We only have one bucket to deal with all kinds of stress. There is no separation of various stressors from one another.

Whether it be an injury, a chemical toxin, an annoying text message from your brother, or fear of debt, all stressors go into the same bucket, though some may be weighted more than others.

Our bucket holds everything! Until it can’t.

By design, this bucket was meant for extreme, acute stressors, such as a plague, famine, or a predator. If a tiger jumps were to lunge at you, your bucket would immediately and completely fill with “stress.”

Depending on the outcome of the experience with the tiger—if you lived—then your bucket will empty again and be ready for the next time.

The problem with living in our present society is that we now use our stress response bucket quite differently from its designed purpose.

Chronic, low-level stress comprises our world. We no longer have to fear for our safety from predators, no longer have to worry about starvation (most of us at least), and no longer deal with deadly plagues. However, we do fill our bucket with multiple chronic, perpetual stressors.

The list of chronic stressors is long and ever-changing, and you likely know your list better than I do. We are bombarded by so much constant stress these days that our bodies have acclimated to it, as you would adjust to feeling your watch after only a few minutes of wearing it.

When you remain in this stress response too often—whether your mortgage is past due or you’ve got some tigers in your neighborhood that I don’t know about—your body compensates. But when it compensates for too long, this over-activates the organs of stress and shuts down the organs of relaxation (such as those in your immune system and digestive systems and those of reproductive and thyroid function).

This is Adrenal Fatigue.

tiger

The chronic stress leading to Adrenal Fatigue feels like a tiger is on your heels 24/7.

#9 Your adrenals are stuck in the stone age, and you’re paying the price

While the body is busy “fighting tigers” and suppressing energy metabolism, the chronic stress physiology also suppresses the rest and digest organs, including but not limited to the digestion, immune system, reproductive system, and thyroid.

This makes physiological sense. If you were running from a tiger, you wouldn’t want an ounce of your energy going anywhere else.

Each of your major organ systems is related to the production of energy. If one or more of them are suppressed due to Adrenal Fatigue, no wonder you’re so exhausted.

The short version? Fatigue = Low Fuel

Energy production boils down to the body’s ability to convert fuel into the commonly used form of energy in the body called ATP. This process occurs within the mitochondria of each and every cell in the body. The mitochondria are referred to as the batteries of the cells, and collectively the battery of the body.

Dysfunctions on both sides of the physiologic seesaw (the balance between fight-or-flight and rest-and-digest) eventually lead to multiple pathways disrupting this multistep, energy production process.

When the body is in a chronic stress response (aka fight-or-flight or sympathetic overdrive), multiple physiologic effects occur.

  1. An overutilization of fuel and nutrients
  2. An overproduction of free radicals leading to oxidative stress
  3. Dysregulated sugar and energy metabolism (mitochondrial function)
  4. Neurotransmitter dysregulation
  5. Decreased blood flow to the brain and peripheral muscles

All of these physiological breakdowns due to Adrenal Dysfunction lead to systemic dysfunction. Your digestive, immune, and thyroid are all compromised!

And guess what? That’s why you’re exhausted.

impaired digestion

#10  Digestive and immune symptoms that add to your fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue affects all the systems of your body, particularly digestive, immune, and thyroid function. And guess what? Dysfunction of any kind will add to your overall fatigue.

Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction that manifest in the digestive system:

  • IBS
  • Gas/belching
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Reflux
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

It also affects our immune system. We become more vulnerable to infection thus leading to low-level chronic infection, which acts as an energy drain.

There is also an increase in our antibody production, and our bodies overreact to innocuous substances in our environment, and our energy depletes even more as our bodies waste energy on attacking things like gluten or pollen.

There is a shift in our cytokines, which are like the hormones of the immune system (tiny chemical messengers that tell the body what to do and how to do it), and this imbalance creates low-level inflammation. This feels like chronic pain and saps your energy even more.

The cytokines also trigger inflammation and reactivity in the Central Nervous System (CNS), and this neuroimmune activation is a major contributor to the central fatigue and pain.

This process leads to these immune-related Adrenal Dysfunction symptoms:

  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Low-grade fever
  • Frequent illness
  • Recurrent infection
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Ear infections
  • Pain and inflammation

If you suspect that you may have Adrenal Fatigue, you can reach out to us via this simple web form.

#11 Adrenal Dysfunction = Thyroid Disorders = Fatigue

The thyroid is well-accepted as being the engine of the body, driving energy and metabolism. The suppression of this function due to chronic stress and Adrenal Fatigue is an effort of the body to slow down.

A suppressed or underactive thyroid leads to decreased energy levels at all levels. It causes both central and peripheral fatigue. (By the way, your thyroid hormones values don’t have to be frankly low to have suppression of function.)

This also leads to symptoms of:

  • Weight gain
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Constipation
  • Swelling
  • Frequent bruising
  • Depression

#12 How to wake up with energy

To be free of fatigue, we heal the adrenals. Plain and simple.

The most important treatment for Adrenal Fatigue is healing from the ground up.

That means:

  • Not chasing symptoms without identifying their root causes.
  • Reviewing testing with a more discerning eye, an eye towards trends and dysfunction.
  • Paying close attention to the subtle changes in blood work.
  • Understanding that, if left unchecked, dysfunction will lead to full-fledged disease…and treating it before it does.
  • Controlling your symptoms while focusing on healing the dysfunction at its root.
  • Identifying and treating disease, but also looking for trends of dysfunction (pre-disease, if you will).

The bottom line…

In over a decade of seeing thousands of patients both in my office and via telephone or Skype, I have discovered that once someone has Adrenal Fatigue and Dysfunction, the physiologic shift that occurs comprises all primary causes of fatigue.

Many well-educated and well-intentioned doctors will focus on these individual causes of fatigue: low thyroid, low testosterone, mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, allergies, chronic infection, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

But it’s time to tie them together for successful and lasting treatment!

It is a mistake for doctors, both conventional and alternative, to focus on only one part of this dysfunctional process.

The primary goal must always be to treat the underlying Adrenal Fatigue and chronic activation of the stress response. Failure to do so wastes your precious resources of time, money, and most important, energy.

The challenge is that fatigue takes many shapes and has many names. Some call it tiredness, malaise, lethargy, listlessness, lassitude, or just exhaustion. Others call it post-exertional malaise, weakness, or chronic fatigue. The other challenge is that fatigue also exists on many levels and affects many systems of the body leading to a diversity of symptoms.

Once the underlying Adrenal Dysfunction is properly assessed and treated, it’s as if the all the other systems of the body can come to life again. And this is when your fatigue will dissipate.

As I mentioned at the start of this article, I have an intensely personal interest in the study of fatigue. In the video below, I share my journey with Adrenal Dysfunction.

To reach out to us here at the Clymer Healing Center, simply fill out this short application form.

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117 Comments

  • I went to your center in the mid 80s, and at that time I saw Dr. G. E. Poesnecker. He diagnosed and helped me deal with a severe systemic yeast infection when no one else could. I battled it for 3 years prior to luckily finding out about the clinic. I had no idea whatsoever what was wrong and he was very thorough, and within three visits he had it narrowed down, then after only 3 days on the treatment I had my life back. I know he’s passed on but its just nice to hear the Name “Clymer” is still around and that there’s hope for people suffering who don’t know what’s wrong.

    • What a very sweet story of perseverance in the face of calamity. It also shows me the profound effect the good Dr. had on your physical wellbeing and the lasting positive impression he had on you! 🙂 🙏🏻😇❤️

  • Wow fits me to a T. I for sure need more information about this. I go to my endogenous dr tomorrow. We will have much to talk about as well as testing. Thanks Wendy

    • Glad the info resonated with you! If you need further guidance from Dr. Neville, please reach out to us 🙂 -Jennifer

  • wow…..this is me…..I had my thyroid removed b/c of an infected goiter and am on levothyroxine….I have GI issues, had my gall bladder removed due to a non cancerous tumor, allergic to corn and milk……have experienced female issues and had surgeries….spine issues and surgeries……changed my diet to more of a plant based…..few years ago, tried hormonal replacement therapy, very costly didn’t seem to work, but was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue……
    struggle with fatigue, exhaustion, always seem to get bronchitis, GI upset…..I see the VA providers a lot being a veteran…..they ran some tests recently and said my adrenals were fine but I’m tired……..I live in St. Louis, MO. Is there any practitioners here associated with your program? Thanks, Rose

    • I’m sorry you’ve been suffering. Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA. Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype. If you haven’t done so, complete our application to get started. ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Dr. Poesnecker’s book was the most comprehensive and fine tuned study of this malady that I’ve ever read. My saliva cortisol showed extreme adrenal fatigue. I did take dhea and did a detox which really helped my symptoms. Thanks for being there. Kept me sane.

    • I’m sure you have questions, Dawn. First, to find out if we’re a good fit for one another, please complete our application then you’ll be prompted to set up a call with one of our patient coordinators. We hope to speak to you soon. ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Been dealing with these symptoms for 20+ years and now my health is effected. What are the methods that you use. I looked up adrenal fatigue before and thought that I had it and yes doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me. Thank you

    • You deserve to feel better, Paula. Your frustration with conventional medicine is completely understandable. It’s likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. When you treat the cause, the body can heal. Reach out to us if we can help! ~Jennifer

  • My daughter asked me to check out your Web page. Glad that I did. I filled out the patient intake form. I am happy to have any & all help possible. I have been lucky in that I usually see Naturopathic docs or integrative M.D. but her I still am after nearly 12 years, still in fatigue. Better, yes, but far from over it. I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

      • had my hormones checked was put in hormones and I hates them so I slowly got off of them….still tired is this another pill?? or diet changes???

        • We will be happy to answer all of your questions, and explain how things work here at Clymer during a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. The first step is to complete our short patient application. We look forward to speaking with you soon! http://www.healing.org/apply/ – Germaine

  • Need help low thyroid for 3 yesrs. Lyme disease spinal tap says Lyme is gone. During all this I unexpectedly lost my mother that’s when the Anxiety and panic skyrocketed attacks every day. Im in bed more than out. For 3 months now. They say conic Lyme I say rundown from physical and mental stress. Can’t afford to do anything other than see me pc.

    • I’m sorry to hear you’re suffering, Jane. Healing the root cause, Adrenal Dysfunction, is what Dr. Neville does every day with patients worldwide. We’re here if you need us – Germaine

  • Where are you located!
    I def have this! But all my thyroid blood test come back normal.
    I know I’m in menopause I’m crabby
    I have Hot flashes constantly.
    I have sleep apnea can’t use a c-pap machine. I have a sleep dr.
    I have restless legs and periodic leg movement disorder.
    So sleep?? What is that.
    I’m type A personality too.

    • Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA . If that’s not local to you don’t worry.Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype. It sure sounds like your adrenals could use some support! The underlying cause of your frustrating symptoms is likely rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. Please, complete our application, maybe we can help! ~Jennifer http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Please do tell what treatment modalities you utilize. WHAT treatment is offered and how you get results when so many have failed to resolve adrenal issues, hypothyroid, inflammation….

    • Hi Jill, Dr. Neville’s proven solution involves proper assessment, testing and expert guidance. Adrenal Dysfunction is very nuanced and requires individualized care to achieve the best results. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” to heal Adrenal Dysfunction. Dr. Neville’s approach is multi-faceted and tailored to your specific needs. If you’d like to find out if we’re a good fit for one another, please complete our application. ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Diverticulitis infection, 8″ colon removed and a parathyroid removed. Still don’t what exactly that is. Interested.

    • Dr. Neville’s proven solution involves proper assessment, testing and expert guidance. Adrenal Dysfunction is very nuanced and requires individualized care to achieve the best results. If you’d like more information, the first step is to complete our application.~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Don’t have all that. Just weight gain.cold hands.and feet pain and inflamation..tired..no digestive issues or any other ones in the article

    • Dr. Neville believes that you know your body better than any doctor or test- always trust that, Susan. If you feel “off” then it’s likely you’d benefit from a more comprehensive approach that targets the underlying cause of your symptoms. Please let us know if need our help. ~Paula

  • Wow, I really don’t know what to say. Well I just had emergency gallbladder surgery, home healing, my GI doctor wouldn’t do anything about. Anyways I think I’m suffering from this and have been for at least 13 years. No doctor can fix my fatigue, pain, digestive problems, thyroid issues. They just want to medicate everything instead of fix it. I don’t like meds and I see what they do to your body and want no part of it. So maybe you can help me I really feel I have no where to turn I’m so frustrated. I would love to have my life back.

    • I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long, Jenny. You deserve to feel better. The first step is to complete our application. We’ll reach out to you after we receive it to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She’ll be able to answer any questions you have about consulting with Dr. Neville. We look forward to connecting with you soon. ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

    • If you’d like more information, the first step is to complete our application.http: //www.healing.org/apply/ We hope to hear from you soon! ~Paula

  • Definitely, me. I am sure I have adrenal fatigue, but need a doc to address the issue. I also have depressed cortisol levels in the am after waking up and spikes at 7pm. How do you reverse or even out the trend?

    • Dr. Neville’s proven solution involves proper assessment, testing and expert guidance. Adrenal Dysfunction is very nuanced and requires individualized care to achieve the best results. If you’d like more information, the first step, if you haven’t already done so, is to complete our application. ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in My 20’s now 47 still searching and going to every doctor never any help. I am going to talk to my doctor. is there a blood test for this?

    • Adrenal Dysfunction affects so many people- it’s truly epidemic. Unfortunately, many people (including well-meaning doctors) don’t even know that adrenal dysfunction is at the root of their frustrating symptoms. Please complete our application and then we’ll set up a call to answer all your questions:) ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I am 43 years old and have suffered back and forth between Hashimoto’s and Grave disease since I was 10. I have 3 children and every pregnancy affected my thyroid flip flopping it back and forth. I have been tired my entire life but always able to function and keep up, that’s until 4 years when I had a hysterectomy and it literally broke me! I woke up from surgery suffering with leg pain and I’ve gone down hill fast! Nothing excites me more than my couch and the remote!!

    • Your story is quite familiar to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling. You definitely deserve answers and to have a better quality of life! The symptoms you’ve mentioned are likely rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction and with proper testing and guidance from Dr. Neville, you can get back on track. Please complete our application to get started -Germaine http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I feel i have this also.would like to find out. im exhausted everyday and have fibro also.its affecting my life terrible.

  • Fibermialgia is debilitating after this storie I take colonopen hate it . And 4 others and pain med . . I’m always tiered . I put my fingers to my top of tummy and rubb as deep as I can . Small relief . I just want to be normal

    • I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long. I understand how frustrating it can be to self-navigate all the confusing symptoms. With individualized care you can get back on track. The first step is to complete our application. We’ll reach out to you after we receive it to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She’ll be able to answer any questions you have about consulting with Dr. Neville. We look forward to connecting with you soon Germaine http://www.healing.org/apply/

    • Unfortunately, only Dr. Neville would be able to answer that for you. I can tell you that many of his patients have been assessed to have Cushing’s… While that is question for him, I encourage you to get in touch with us using this contact form. http://www.healing.org/apply/ Hope to hear from you… ~Paula

  • Would love to talk to him by Skype but I’m on disability and pretty sure I cannot afford it. Tried a homophobic doctor but it didn’t work. Nothing works for cfs/fm!

    • I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long. Your frustration with conventional medicine is completely understandable. I understand how frustrating it can be to self-navigate all the confusing symptoms. It’s likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. When you treat the cause, the body can heal. The first step is to complete our short application. http://www.healing.org/apply/ We wish you all the best! – Paula

  • It’s exactly the life that I live everyday. Sleep for hours and wake up unwillingly “the alarm goes off” only to feel exhausted. So tired of being tired. Thyroid issues for 23 years. Help!!!

      • It sure sounds like your adrenals could use some support! The underlying cause of your frustrating symptoms is likely rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. We will be happy to discuss how things work here at Clymer and answer all your questions during a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. We hope to speak with you soon. ~Paula

  • Wow! This so sounds like me!
    They keep telling me I have Fibromyalgia, but after reading this, Im not too sure.
    Most days I cant even get up and start my day without going to the couch and falling back asleep for another hour or so! And I cant tell you when I accually had the ambition to clean my house, and some days I just dont care!

    • Your situation is quite common among Dr. Neville’s patients ~ it’s very likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. The first step in determining if we’re a good fit for one another is to complete our short application. After we receive it we’ll reach out to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators- she’ll be able to tell you about our services. We look forward to connecting soon! ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I am hla b27 they took my colon out 2013 and I have been chronically sick. Hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia and bottomed out cortisol and HCT H levels they’re just letting me sit around chronically sick with sinusitis earache sore throat tiredness weight gain puffy eyes foggy brain joint pain I don’t even know what to do so please send me some information thank you so much CarrieAnne

    • Your conglomeration of conditions, diagnosis, and symptoms assure me of your underlying adrenal dysfunction. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had these conditions, you must get the adrenal dysfunction under control and then these conditions can improve. -Dr. Andrew Neville, ND
      Here’s our application to get you started. -Jennifer http://www.healing.org/apply/

    • Hi Lois, I’m so glad the articles resonated with you! There are so many people, like you, suffering unnecessarily because most doctors don’t work to heal the underlying CAUSE of your frustrating symptoms. The first step to individualized care with Dr. Neville is to complete our application. -Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • Do you believe that once a person is healed from adrenal fatigue, that they will need to be cautious and take extra good care of themselves for the rest of their lives, as they may be more prone to “crashing” again? I guess I’m wondering if you would consider it a chronic condition that can be well managed, so the individual can lead a full life? Or do you see it as an acute and distinct illness that once treated, the person is “just like everyone else” who doesn’t have AF! Thank you.

    • Great question, Dianne! Healing from Adrenal Dysfunction is a process in which each person, when properly assessed and treated in a comprehensive way, heals in their own time. In an effort to lessen the frequency and intensity of potential “crashes” or setbacks, Dr. Neville’s program
      involves in-depth education about understanding the underlying cause and treating it with diet, lifestyle, stress management, etc. Adrenal Dysfunction is a chronic condition, symptoms absolutely can improve and disappear, and the healing can be well-managed with proper guidance. One can expect to live a normal, fulfilling life. People with Adrenal Dysfunction that go back to the same lifestyle, diet, choices, stressors and behaviors that got them there in the first place, will likely regress. Of course, it’s always a great idea to take extra good care of yourself 🙂 ~Paula

  • What do you do when you have been forced into adrenal fatigue? I am 1 yr post breast cancet survivor who’s adrenal gland have been shut down along with ovaries.

  • I get here what your talking about, but what are some ways or treatments that you do to heal the adrenals? The whole article talks about symptoms and that you need proper diagnoses and treatment but no mention of the how

    • Hello Jeannine,
      Dr. Neville’s proven solution involves proper assessment, testing and expert guidance. Adrenal Dysfunction is very nuanced and requires individualized care to achieve the best results. If you’d like more information, the first step is to complete our application.~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • This is ruining my life . I have hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine 100mg a day.
    I have a little boy becoming a man and i am ashamed im so tired all the time .

    • Your story is quite familiar to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling. You definitely deserve answers and to have a better quality of life! The symptoms you’ve mentioned are likely rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction and with proper testing and guidance from Dr. Neville, you can get back on track. Please complete our application to get started -Germaine http://www.healing.org/apply/

    • After you submit the application, you’ll be prompted to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She can answer your questions about the program, including costs, at that time. Have a great day! ~Paula

    • The first step, Anne, is to fill out our online application… http://www.healing.org/apply/ After you submit the application, you’ll be prompted to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She can answer your questions about the program at that time. Have a great day! –Germaine

    • I’m glad the article spoke to you, Tina. I know you have questions, everyone does. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to complete our online application so that we can set up a call to get them all answered for you. ~Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • This is SO me! I have felt for some time now that I am just too tired all of the time! I have also questioned my thyroid only to be told that my levels are normal…I don’t buy it! I am a healthy 48 year old woman that has just missed my menstrual cycle since last New Years Eve and I have put on 40 pounds and can’t get it off no matter what I do! And I am exhausted all the time! This is not the me that I have always been! Help!

  • I’m so thankful that this is available to not only read but to get the help we need! I’m everyone of those, could relate. I am fallling and bruising severely so far I haven’t broken anything (body and fixtures) my thyroid is messed up, my vitamin D level is a 6 – yes, that’s not a mistake ‘6’ !!! I’m B,K and C deficient, having problems even with my memory. My gas tank is completely on empty for going on more than 6 months!!! I know I need your help, I can no longer do this by myself!!!! I’m 53 and had a Basal Ganglia stroke, not sure when so I finally got a neurologist and they are running test after test after test, im now able to sleep 24 hours while my firefighter husband is at work (he works 24 on 48 off) he has taken over everything from grocery shopping to cooking and hired a maid because I’m unable. I’m am begging for help!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Severely Exhausted

    • I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long. I understand how frustrating it can be to self-navigate all the confusing symptoms. With individualized care you can get back on track. The first step is to complete our application. We’ll reach out to you after we receive it to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She’ll be able to answer any questions you have about consulting with Dr. Neville. We look forward to connecting with you soon ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

    • I’m sorry to hear you are struggling. We always want to treat the adrenals, ideally first, and this still can be managed even post-thyroidectomy. If you haven’t already done so, please complete our application to get started. http://www.healing.org/apply/ ~Paula

  • Yep this has me written all over it…IBS…Fibromyalgia. ….swelling…pain… tremendous exhaustion…Constipation and so on……..cold feet to the point of turning white and hurting….I have numerous allergies and problems with food….constant nasal drip and illness…I am a hot mess and just want to stay in bed but push through the pain cause I am a nurse!

    • •Hi Robin!
      It sure sounds like your adrenals could use some support! The underlying cause of your frustrating symptoms is likely rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. Please, complete our application, maybe we can help! ~Paula

  • It’s me 😢! I’m sure you don’t accept MEDICARE or my secondary insurance either. On a disability income, but at least I know what’s wrong, now I can begin working on it!! Well written article, an eye opener to say the least!!

    P.S. Not the first half of my email address, that’s a clue that I never stopped!!

    • Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA . If that’s not local to you don’t worry.Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype.  ~Paula

  • Reading this made me cry!! I have been dealing with extreme exhaustion for several years now. I have done sleep studies, blood tests, every test imaginable, with no answers! I can sleep Non-stop! It is ruining my life! If I could finally find answers and get help, my life could begin again at 54!!!!

    • I’m glad the article resonated with you, Cindy. Your situation is quite common among Dr. Neville’s patients ~ it’s very likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. The first step in determining if we’re a good fit for one another is to complete our short application. After we receive it we’ll reach out to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators- she’ll be able to tell you about our services. We look forward to connecting soon! -Kim http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • This made me want to cry. Nobody believes me. Doctor’s think I just want medication. I’d give up all my medications that are just bandaids for the real problem. I just want to find the real problem .

    • Your frustration with conventional medicine is completely understandable. It’s likely that your symptoms are rooted in Adrenal Dysfunction. When you treat the cause, the body can heal. We hope to speak with you soon! ~Paula

    • Our clinic is located in Quakertown, PA . If that’s not local to you don’t worry.Over 50% of Dr. Neville’s patients are “distant patients”- they work with him via phone and Skype. After you submit the online application, you’ll be prompted to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She can answer your questions about the program, including costs, at that time. Best of luck. ~Paula http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • I also suffer from chronic fatigue & a host of other medical issues. Besides for the fatigue the next worse thing is sweating from my neck up. I call it “episodes” can last from 15 minutes up to 2 hours of sweat pouring out. It’s not hot flashes. Was at gyno & had blood work done. Is severe sweating of the head & face connected to Adrenal Dysfunction?

  • Oh my, I was diagnosed with Addisons after 4 visits to hospital in December and I really need to kick this Addison out of my life

    • To be successful in treating Addison’s, Rosie, you have to widen your lens as to what and how to support, not just replace a hormone or two. In addition to the HC and maybe FC that conventional medicine may use, there are over 50 other hormones that your adrenal glands produce, they too must be addressed. But you also have to address the underlying cause of the Addison’s, which is immune dysfunction coming from adrenal dysfunction, strangely enough. Once you address these underlying imbalances and learn how to control your triggering of the adrenal gland, you can learn to live comfortably with Addison’s Disease. – Dr. Neville

  • I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long. It sure sounds like your adrenals could use some support! I understand how frustrating it can be to self-navigate all the confusing symptoms. With individualized care you can get back on track. The first step is to complete our application. We’ll reach out to you after we receive it to set up a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. She’ll be able to answer any questions you have about consulting with Dr. Neville. We look forward to connecting with you soon Germaine http://www.healing.org/apply/

  • So, i have a mass on my left adrenal gland and in 2009 it was about 2 cm, i have not had it checked since and have changed Dr’s and they will not do anything about it because of having problems getting my medical records from previous Dr. They say they need documentation, just cant send me to any specialist on my heresay, which is crazy sounding to me. But, i know i have adrenal fatigue and that this mass is causing my adrenals to malfunction, and who knows if my mass has grown and how big it is. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Julie,
      I’m sorry you’ve been struggling for so long. I understand how frustrating it can be. One of our Patient Coordinators would love to speak with you and discuss how we may be able to help. The first step is to complete the short application. After we receive it we’ll reach out to set up a call. http://www.healing.org/apply/ We look forward to speaking with you soon! – Kim

  • Would be nice to know a price range and just a few of the treatment options before we started. I know everyone is different I’m a Rn, but you could at least say something about it.

    • Hi Amy,
      We will be happy to discuss how things work here at Clymer and answer all your questions during a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. The first step is to complete our short application. We look forward to connecting with you soon! http://www.healing.org/contact/ – Germaine

  • I have every symptom have been running to doctors for 3 years now, no help have a pile of medical bills, would love to get my life back what does this cost?

    • Hi Terilyn,
      We will be happy to discuss how things work here at Clymer and answer all your questions during a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. The first step is to complete our short application. We look forward to connecting with you soon! http://www.healing.org/apply/ – Germaine

  • I have adrenal fatigue with thyroid issues. Its been difficult but I’ve improved since working remotely from my job at the PVC (dioxin, chlorine gas, xenoestrogens) manufacturing plant. I do in 1x per week and the issues are improved yet relapse after I go in so the struggle is very continuous.

    I am not nor have never been a type A personality. I am much the introvert and use my private time to rewind and energize. However, I do “pretend” to be type A in social gatherings and at work by pushing myself to give my all.

    I am on a gluten free and low grain diet of organic foods and have been. I walk each day for about 20-40 minutes (there was a time when standing more than 5 minutes was nearly impossible as well as speaking).

    Two doctors were useless and wanted to get me on betablockers and also do a hysterectomy from three large orange sized fibroid tumors in my uterus. I refused although did get talked into the ablation to help reduce bleeding. Not sure if giving in was a good idea but that is past at this point.

    The one doctor that helped was an adrenal specialist whom had me taking supplement with a lot of Vit C etc.. avoiding the adrenal extracts advising I was too weak for that. It helped but after a year I was not much better. I never advised I was working in a PVC manufacturing location with constant poisonous fumes. After discussing that, they advised I must get out of the work location to see results. It took 4 more years to get my boss to be ok with my working remotely 90% of the time. After only 6 months of this, I’ve already seen improvement more than anything else I have done. However, now I need to push harder and get back to health. I still have huge puffy bags and missing outer eyebrows as well as thinning hair and dry skin yet I have been taking sublingual iron so I am no longer freezing and have some energy to get through the day and speak coherently.

    Insomnia is still a problem… I had improved and was taking 3mg of melatonin for a few years but now trying to stop it and get to sleep naturally which after about 2 weeks, isn’t affording much sleep but still trying to break the melatonin habit. I do take L-theonine and a magnesium complex before bed to help.

    Would be interested in your thoughts.

    • Hello Valdoria,
      It sounds like your adrenals may need some support. We will be happy to discuss how things work here at Clymer and answer all your questions during a call with one of our Patient Coordinators. The first step is to complete our short application. http://www.healing.org/apply/ Once we recieve your application we’ll be in touch to shedule a call for you. We look forward to speaking with you! – Paula

    • Hi Dawn, I’m sorry, I do not know of anyone in your area. Dr. Neville does phone and Skype appointments for patients all over the world. – Kristine

  • Hi, i have been diagnosed with Hypothyroid, ulcers stomache, Acute Pancras episoides, Celiac Sprue Disease, had Hysterectomy, overies and F.tubes removed, high blood pressure, high chloresterol, fractured lwr back right side, high trigllycerides,Migraines,PTSD,,kidney stones, Hypokalemis, sinusitis and fractured nose, Anxiety, Deppression (because not feeling well) seasonal allergies, Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Bone density, have electolyte issues, Gluten intolerance, severe estrogen loss, kidney stones right side worse, TMJ, Low vitamin B’s, D, Iron, Pottasium deficiency, wheezing lungs, Steroid therapy, on inhaler for wheezing of lungs, don’t produce adequate salivia, (probally
    missing something) memory issues, sleep alot NO ENERGY, fatigued always.
    Missed my oldest daughter high school graduation 2002. Still feel quilty about that she is 27 today March 2017. Been to almost every Doctor and specialist. Hospitalized 4 weeks 2 of those weeks in intensive care only said i had high blood pressure and diagnosised with Celiac Sprue Disease in 2004 and potassium definctioncy. Please help!!! I also have alot of allergies (some if medication doctors tried on me. P.S. i also have daily reccurant Nausea issues, the Doctors can not figure out why?

    • Hi Cyndee, I know your situation feels extreme (certainly some of it is) and unique, but your story is quite familiar to us. All of these various, seemingly separate symptoms and diagnoses are quite likely interrelated. What we can do is help you to understand that underlying cause of your various conditions, why your physiology has shifted in the direction that it has over time and, more importantly, help you be able to help yourself, so that in time you can regain your health… which you absolutely can. – Paula

    • Hi Jennifer, Addressing the underlying cause, adrenal dysfunction, is what will get you the results you deserve. – Germaine

  • I’m exhausted!I’ve hit a complete wall.
    I lost my 4th child (22)in a car accident almost 4 yrs.ago.and then my best friend to cancer,have had every symptom you talk about,have fibromyalgia /r.a. especially bad lately.had marriage troubles (working on them )😊,family issues all during or after his death.,financial struggles,lots of illness and so much pain.The Dr.keeps adding meds.I lost 115 lbs.but have gained 30 back.Have done everything to lose it to no avail,I work full time at my cleaning business and can’t keep up much longer.
    Dealing with some family issues ,(My child divorcing)father sickly and needs me to help support him and my narcissistic psych.ex.keeps trying to coming back.
    My relationship with many family members went south after my son’s death.Religous confusion and people not understanding how tired I am and how I hurt.Not only my heart but physically in pain,both hands and toes tingle and go numb,cold fingers and toes.brain fog,insomnia,ibs.,weight gain,thyroid,food sensitivity,allergies,constant sinus and ear problems,now neck always sore and can’t barely move it.stiff joints and now swollen nodules on fingers and toes.All tender points swollen all of the time.Sore throat,hot flashes throughout the day,especially when in pain.I had rotator cuff surgery 3 yrs.ago and now other shoulder has ripped.Please if you think you can help me,show me the way.
    I’m 53 and just need someone to help me figure something out.I was active in a gym until 1 yr.ago and really would love to be able to move,and live again.
    My family are so tired of me not being able to be me.I feel like death and want to be able to be a grandma that isn’t to tired to play.Life takes everything out of me and I can’t find a Dr.who understands.
    Not only do I grieve my son but the lively person I used to be.I cry each day in pain or depression.I hope somehow I can be helped.

    • Hi Christina, I know your situation feels extreme (certainly some of it is) and unique, but your story is quite familiar to us. All of these various, seemingly separate symptoms and diagnoses are quite likely interrelated. What we can do is help you to understand that underlying cause of your various conditions, why your physiology has shifted in the direction that it has over time, and more importantly, help you be able to help yourself, so that in time you can regain your health… which you absolutely can. We’d love to schedule a time for you to speak with one of our Patient Coordinators, and discuss things further. The first step is to complete our patient application. http://www.healing.org/apply/ We look forward to speaking with you. – Germaine

  • I’ve been sick and exhausted for 2 and a half years now. I had to quit my job 7 weeks ago because I honestly couldn’t get out of bed that day. I slept for 3 weeks! My primary physician has been testing me for everything but all my results come back negative. Last February I was diagnosed by an endocrinologist with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. She won’t treat me because my thyroid is constantly flucating. My body is falling apart piece by piece. I’m so tired of being tired!!!

    • Hi Tammy, The thyroid and adrenal glands are intimately connected. So, at its root, Hashimoto’s is an adrenal hormone problem. Balancing and maintaining your adrenal health should come first and foremost! – Paula

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