Blunted. Muted. Faded. (Adrenal Fatigue after Prolonged Corticosteroid Use)

Terms which describe how I feel right now. I’m exhausted. I have alot of aches and pains in my muscles and joints. I’m cold all the time, and when I’m cold I can hardly move–it feels like a chore to get up from a chair and go to the next room. I’ve gained weight even though I’ve been eating healthier…

This is Adrenal Fatigue.

Post-surgery and a deadly fight with chronic illness. When does it get better and STAY better? Because I felt fabulous right after surgery…but then weaning off the Prednisone and pain medications revealed that my body is in rough shape and in no way back to “normal”.

It’s good that I’m off the Prednisone–my face has shrunk and I recognize myself in the mirror. My body now has a chance to recover from the damage the Pred did. But how f*cking long will it take to heal???

I’m tired of feeling like sh*t.

And I’m trying to help myself. Been eating more whole foods, way less sugar/processed foods, even though I crave sugar because *adrenal fatigue*.

I started going to the gym again, taking barre and power yoga and lifting weights. I only manage a couple days a week though, so I haven’t seen much results. I’m sore.

I started taking CW (charlotte’s web) brand CBD oil (cannabinoid oil) and it has helped me to feel somewhat better–it successfully weaned me off pain killers, as I was dependent on Hydrocodone (small amount, half of a 5-325 daily). And thank goodness because I have no way to obtain more pain meds at this time. Nor do I want to.

While I like feeling calm and not angry all the time (‘roid rage from presnisone), I miss having energy. I miss having intensity. I feel so lame now.

I read that it could take 12-18 months to recover from “moderate” adrenal fatigue. I really don’t have the patience to feel like crap for another year. I have an almost 3yr old to chase after. I have a house I still need to finish moving into and organize. I have a garage that is full of stuff that I need to declutter (sell/get rid of A LOT). I want to get in shape and look/feel amazing–I also have my 20th highschool reunion coming up in August. We might be moving again (Mr. MLACS is looking for a new position). And if I’m going to TTC, I have to do it soon because I’m 38yrs old already! Plus I want to do more with my life…

I don’t want to just feel ok, I want to feel *good* again. Soon.



11 thoughts on “Blunted. Muted. Faded. (Adrenal Fatigue after Prolonged Corticosteroid Use)

  1. Yeah to being off Prednisone but ick to a year or more of recovery! Oh my goodness, I had no idea it could take that long. Maybe that’s why Eric is so against going on Prednisone for his skin issues… If you lived close I’d totally help you declutter and sell stuff in your garage. I need to do the same, but the thought of going through it all overwhelms me, and I have no reason to be tired… I have no great advice, but I do hope you’re feeling a little better day by day 🙂 And honestly, the garage can probably wait 😉

  2. Wishing you all the best. This sounds really difficult and I wish I had some words of wisdom. But alas I do not so I am thinking healing thoughts for you.

  3. Oh man. This is so rough. It took me a year or longer to feel better after the long term Pred use with Baby A. In some ways I only really felt more or less normal when he was well over a year (I only weaned off ~2weeks before the Emerg C). I hope to never do that again and really feel for you. Can you have caffeine again now post surgery? I’ve become addicted to espresso.

    • SBCH! Yes, thank GOD I can have caffeine! I have at least 2 cups per day & wouldn’t survive without it. I need to talk to you–I want another baby but I’m scared. I’m older. How old were you with #2? Did you ever wonder if you should just quit? XO

      • Gah sorry I didn’t see this sooner. Yes I wondered if I should quit. But I was certain the little person who came to me in my meditations was supposed to be with me. So I felt I couldn’t quit. Hell my damn blog was named after that child! I was in my 40s

  4. Ugh, I didn’t realize you had been going through this. Your posts weren’t showing on my reader, but now I’m catching up on everything. I had never her of Adrenal Fatigue before. I didn’t know it could do so much. I hope you can feel normal again soon. This sucks that it makes you feel this way all the time.

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