Stressful life

by Don Dillard
(Lubbock, TX USA)

I have had a very stressful life. The past year I've had chronic fatigue. The doctors can't find what is wrong.

All tests show within range. I feel as if I will collaspe at any moment. I need help.

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Oct 08, 2010
Have you had a check up?
by: luke184lisa@aol.com

Have you had tests run for anemia or thyroid disease? I was tired and I still am. I made a concsious decision to start the diet that President Clinton was on.That diet (don't laugh), says not to eat anything that has had a mom. Or not to eat anything that had a face. I thought how funny. I have been eating better than ever, I made homemade pizza (that was simple and better than ANY frozen or restaurant... I quickly had to think... hmm, what else? I like salads, sweet pickles, soups, juices, caramel corn cakes, shelled and salted pumpkin seeds and when I want chocolate I get carob (chocolate substitute) with sunflower seeds. I am allergic to nuts, so I use pumpkin seeds. There are a gazillion recipes online. The most impressive was dehydrated Goji berries! You also loose weight with these! I also bought prunes and apricots. I've lost almost 8 pounds in the last weeks I begain. Oh and coffee is good for you. Dark Chocolate expresso beans will also give you a jolt and they taste yummy. Don't eat more than on or two at a time to see how your body responds. Hope this helps!

Oct 09, 2010
Stressful life
by: Wray

Hi Don Unfortunately the standard tests won't find anything wrong, unless the chronic fatigue has been caused by an infection such as Epstein Bar, which presumably they have ruled out. Fatigue starts at the cellular level, ie the cell is not functioning optimally and therefore the cause needs to be found. Bacteria, virus etc give off toxins which cause the cell to malfunction, processed foods are toxic and do the same. Sugar and wheat are some of the most toxic foods, as they cause oxidative stress in the cell. In other words free radical damage is rampant and the cell malfunctions. Physical or mental stress also causes oxidation. Markers are low reduced glutathione (GSH) levels, low vitamin D and other antioxidants, high oxidised glutathione (GSSG) levels, high malondialdehyde (formed when fats are oxidised), increased lipid peroxidation, high homocysteine, high CRP, and high fructosamine. All these markers should be tested for. Stress causes the three stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline to be released, which basically shut the body down. Levels of these should be tested for. When these three are high other hormone and neurotransmitter levels drop, and the cell malfunctions. So fatigue is multifactorial, one domino falls followed by the others. Please look through the above and see if any could have a bearing on why you are fatigued. But there are two causes above all the others you should consider, one is a lack of vitamin D, a potent antioxidant low in most of us. Looking through the CDC criteria for chronic fatigue, it reads like a vitamin D deficiency. See CDC CFS. Please have a test done, for more info please see the Vitamin D council website. The other is insulin resistance, this prevents glucose entering the cell. If the cell does not get sufficient fuel to operate fully the result of course is fatigue. Interestingly a lack of vitamin D can cause IR. For more info please see our page on Insulin Resistance. Take care Wray

Oct 09, 2010
re: your Chronic Fatigue
by: Michele

Hi, Being on progesterone cream has gotten rid of my chronic fatigue. I found the problem with trying to beat CF by diet alone was that it only lessened CF, but that was through being so strict on my diet it made life not fun... I don't want to have to be singled out and eat really strictly - that's inhibiting to me, at least. Go on the cream, deal with the first few yucky weeks on it when the estrogen dominance symptoms 'fight back' [CF is an estrogen dominance symptom] and then it will be gone, like mine. Good luck.

Oct 10, 2010
re: your Chronic Fatigue
by: Wray

Hi Michelle Interesting that the progesterone helped your CF, it helped mine too. Stress does drop progesterone levels, which certainly accounts for why I responded to it. Take care Wray

Jan 15, 2011
One MUST EAT HEALTHY IN LITIGATION!
by: Lisa Pearl Black

I am VERY upset that my case has been allowed to STRESS me and MY FAMILY out for over FIVE YEARS. Please continue to eat right, go to your Dr, pray and try to walk a little, exercise.

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