Adrenal fatigue plays a role in fibromyalgia.
Our fibromyalgia bodies are tired. They have no more get up and go. Instead they have a strong lay down and rest need.
Adrenal fatigue is when the body has been under a state of stress for a long time. When we are faced with a stressful situation, the adrenals kick in and secrete adrenalin. The adrenaline prepares the body to address the stressful situation so that it can return to a state of relaxation. However, in modern time, our bodies are under a constant state of stress and the adrenals become over taxed and eventually cannot keep up with the demand. Also the body is not designed to live in a constant state of stress. It needs down time to rest, repair and rejuvenate.
Our adrenals impact every system and function in our body. When the adrenals go into fatigue state, the body needs rest to heal itself. If we don’t respect what our body is telling us, we exasperate the problem. For years, I thought I could push myself past the fatigue. I succeeded in making my fibromyalgia much worse. The greatest challenge in my life has always been to allow my body to rest when it needed rest.
Adrenal fatigue is cause by too much stress in the body over an extended period of time.
Some people come to adrenal slowly, some come into it early in their lives, some come to it in the way of a trauma that overflowed their stress bucket . . . the straw that broke the camels back.
Sometimes the stress builds over time. Other times, when we are born into a stressful environment, the stress is a constant from birth. Often even when leaving a stressful environment, the internal stress lives within us in the form of cellular memories. The only way to clear this stress is to neutralize the cellular memories. This is a major cause of stress for men and women with fibromyalgia.
There are supplements that you can take to support the adrenals, but these supplements are only a band aid and might give you a bit more energy, but they don’t resolve the underlying stress that is the original cause.
Let’s look at some possible underlying stresses on the body:
- Eating unhealthy foods.
- Eating the wrong foods for your body type.
- Not getting enough exercise.
- Not getting enough sleep, rest and play.
- Toxicity, both from external factors and internal factors such as metabolic wastes.
- Destructive cellular memories / unresolved negative life experiences
- Unhealthy beliefs / beliefs that limit you from your full potential
- Trauma (either or emotional or physical)
- Trapped and suppressed emotions.
- External life stressors including jobs, relationships, finances.
- Dissatisfaction with life.
- Structural misalignments.
This initial list reflects possible underlying stresses.
As these stresses continue, another level of stresses develops such as:
- Leaky gut
- Food sensitivities, food intolerances and food allergies.
- Mood changes
- Chronic infections (bacterial, fungal, viral)
- Feeling tired yet wired.
- And most any symptom you have becomes a stressor in and of itself.
The list goes on, but you get the idea.
In order to recover from adrenal, you must resolve the underlying stressors.
The underlying stressors are the ones in the first list. All the items in the second list are simply symptoms caused by imbalances in the first list. They then become the cause for the next layer of imbalances. Often protocols work to address the symptoms rather than the underlying causative factor. When you get multiple layers of symptoms on top of the underlying causes, it creates what is called Metabolic Chaos™
A comprehensive program to recover from adrenal fatigue takes some detective work. Each person with fibromyalgia is different. We each have different symptoms and we each have a different set of causes. There is not a way to heal fibromyalgia. Each individual must be assessed uniquely, and the recovery protocol must be unique to that individual. It is always unique combination of the underlying stressors.
If you have worked with eating a healthier diet, lifestyle changes, stress reduction, inner work on your beliefs and attitudes, emotional healing, functional medicine and other modalities, but still have symptoms, you have not gotten to the bottom of the stress bucket. You have not identified and resolved all the underlying hidden stressors. It is as simple as that.
Support in recovery.
In my complimentary Discovery Sessions, I provide an evaluation of you and provide a blueprint with which to move forward. To sign up for your complementary Discovery Session click here.
In private work with individuals, we work together, step by step to identify and resolve all stressors and support the body in healing itself. Some things you can do on your own, other things take some supportive expertise with the right tools to assist in the resolutions. With this process you will steadily move toward health and well being.
May you unravel your stress, 💗Bindu