My story could be your story, and to me it is a very sad story, and my heart goes out to any man or woman who is feeling the destruction of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia – all of which can have an underlying adrenal weakness – have very similar symptoms, and they can be easily confused or misdiagnosed. I have created a comparative matrix of the symptoms of Adrenal fatigue, Chronic Fatigue and fibromyalgia, and if you like to have a free copy just go to my website www.jenbusch.com/readMore.htm to download. In the year 2000, I gave birth to my second child and her birth set off a storm within my body that turned my world upside down. The day I came home from the hospital with my baby girl I was very excited to cuddle her, have the time to bond and really get to know this new addition to my family.
My happiness and joy were quickly overshadowed. I experienced overwhelming fatigue and an unsettling feeling that I was dying. The picture I still see in my mind will forever be with me. One week after giving birth, I just collapsed down on my kitchen floor. I was bawling and trying to tell my husband I felt like as if I were dying and something was drastically wrong. Unfortunately, my feelings of dying and unrelenting fatigue were dismissed as simple postpartum depression by my OB/GYN. I went for my normal follow-up visit, and he would barely even allow me to tell him all of my symptoms. Halfway through my talking to him, he interrupted and said, “Don’t you worry, it is common, and you will be over it soon.” I knew in my heart the diagnosis of postpartum depression was completely wrong. I had an inner knowing – intuitiveness – as so many of us who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue have, but at that time I had nothing to prove my knowing that this was a completely different kind problem.
This was the start of my very long journey full of painful challenges to even get a diagnosis of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Somewhere, deep inside myself I knew I had to keep looking and searching for answers, because not many others, in their professional capacities were. I felt dismissed and hopeless many times. I had to battle through the cut-and-dried opinions that were offered. Even though many periods, and I mean a long time, I was often in bed or lying on the floor or on a couch, I was still curious and was determined to find out why. Even though I felt entirely exhausted and unable to do much, I did read and research symptoms. When I found, what I considered to be a possible avenue of help, I would follow the hopeful lead. I have taken a thousand “first steps” on my long road to recovery, and many were counterproductive, but I had hope. And I want to give you hope. I will be on your side during your journey, because this is a real problem, and I believe you.
Adrenal Fatigue is an equal opportunity destroyer, it does not matter who you are or how much money you have.