Author Topic: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS  (Read 10053 times)

[Buddie]

ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« on: November 24, 2020, 01:53:39 pm »
Hey everyone! New here so hope to have posted in the correct topic area.

I have been taking Diazepam since my mother sadly passed away in 2017.

Nausea amongst extreme fatigued began in 2018.

I stupidly did not connect the dots until it was to late.

I have been hospitalised by ambulance with nausea (EXTREME uncontrollable vomiting episodes, panic attacks) and during my stays, doctors discovered my adrenal glands to not be producing enough cortisol.

I have been told via another online support group that one lady could relate, and after 8 months clean from benzo's recovered from adrenal insufficiency! This gives me hope.

Can anyone else relate to adrenal issues?

The fatigue today is like no other, and only a benzo user will understand, it leaves your feeling lifeless and sedated. Yet lying down, makes you anxious to get up and be doing things you need to be doing!

Many thanks
AJ
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2021, 04:58:11 pm »
Hi [...],

So sorry to hear of your loss and your adrenal issues.

Between undiagnosed health issues and high stress levels, I developed severe adrenal fatigue.  I was prescribed benzos while we were trying to figure all this out but,  the stress from benzo tolerance, withdrawal and tapering didn't help the adrenal fatigue for sure.  Had many symptoms;  weight loss, no energy, insomnia, couldn't eat much, bad anxiety/panic, shortness of breath and eventually was bedridden for awhile.

With a lot of help from good functional doctors, counselors, Benzo Buddies and my family, I was slowly able to taper off benzos, get several diagnoses and start recovering.  My adrenals had crashed from everything and it took a lot of time, rest, de-stressing (not easy), nutrition, cautious supplementing and support but, I was able to get much better.  Please do have hope that it is possible to recover from all this!  Here is the name of a book that helped me so much as well:

--Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.  Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs.  Michael Lam, M.D., M.P.H.

Take good care  :)

 
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2021, 11:37:59 pm »
Yep Iíve been diagnosed with this by 3 different drs.
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2021, 09:07:17 pm »
Iím thinking this is my problem too exacerbated by too much extreme working out during wd. I feel nauseous and have sick fatigue in the mornings, and I often feel ďwired but tired.Ē Iím pretty convinced that this is whatís happening to me. Iíve started to take steps to correct it - no more heavy workouts, qigong/yoga. Now Iím planning to see someone to run the cortisol tests.

Please chime in because I think this is an important topic!
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 01:07:10 pm »
I had the cortisol test ( they test for many other things too).  Surprisingly my cortisol wasn't as much the issue as my neurotransmitters.  I have an amazing team at my functional med drs office.  They've recommended supplements, gluten free/low histamine/candida free diet, Dynamic Neural Retraining System and a Spoonk Mat.  They support meditation and exercise.  I check in with the nutritionist, health coach and dr. as often as  iwant via patient portal.  They're support is helping me so much. 
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2021, 12:43:12 am »
Yes!  This was the case with me as well.  Nadeau and then my first panic attack.  I was put on benzos and then found out I have Hashimotoís disease.  Lately I have been very weak, but donít want to medicate until Iím done the taper.  I am just under .25 Xanax.

Eat clean, rest and keep your blood sugar levels balanced.  I hope you feel better..
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2021, 09:23:08 pm »
My fatigue is just getting worse and worse.

I hope everyday and beg to the clouds in the sky I brought it on myself with benzo's and it will correct itself in time...

The problem is I have now had 3 Short Synth tests and all have given a different reading!

They want me back in ASAP, and I don't see any point until I am benzo free?

 ???

If it was addison's disease my pituitary gland wouldn't be working 3X the norm to wake the adrenals right?

xxxx
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2021, 09:43:58 pm »
But if u truly have addinsons they will give u cortisone which will help ur fatigue. Also addinsons is very dangerous as ur body doesnít produce enuf cortisol in stressful situations (illness, trauma, grief) and u can actually die from it.

Would Benzos be causing it? Probably but Iíd err on the side of caution if I were u.
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2021, 10:07:11 pm »
Yup they gave me the hydrocortisone for 5 months, I felt no less tired and very very unwell, I was hospitalised 6 times whilst taking them, and docs were scratching their heads.

It was the final consultant who saw me who said "nope this is not Addisons" its something else.

Silly me had my benzo's stashed in my purse. They weren't aware I was taking 10mg tablets...

I was foolish, and in denial my only vice to sleep was causing me to be so poorly. I just hope I haven't done myself any long term damage. Another girl from work is going through the same after using the same darn pills, and she won't except it's making her ill. She has stopped taking my calls now, and I just hope she sees the light.  :'( x
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[Buddie]

Re: ADRENAL PROBLEMS AND BENZOS
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2021, 10:21:05 pm »
Yep gotta be Benzos. I wouldnít bother going back until ur off.
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