I clearly recall the day that I sat in my doctor’s office; exhaustion overwhelmed me to a degree I had never felt before. I don’t recall the initial reason for my visit, but I’ll never forget her diagnosis:
That made sense. Chronic means a frequent recurrence of something over a period of time. Fatigue means exhaustion. I’d been exhausted for a while, so this seemed accurate.
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in my neck
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Random joint pain
- Frequent and unexplained headaches
- Unrefreshing sleep
- And, of course, the exhaustion…
There was one problem.
I equated Chronic Fatigue with laziness.
My prescription was: “Pull yourself up by your boot straps and get over it.”
Thus, I walked out of her office that day and did just that. Exercise, activity, and and sunny disposition…topped off with an extra cup or two of coffee…all belied the ever-increasing exhaustion my body felt as I tried in vain to combat it with what I felt was the answer. I also fought back with words: telling myself I was just lazy and unambitious.
Year after year I fought, until I lost two babies. Unable to carry a baby past 5-6 weeks, my mom paid for a consultation and subsequent test that would hopefully tell me why my body rejected one of the greatest ambitions I ever had in life – motherhood.
When the results came back a month and a half later, I was saddened to realize that I had been doing the very thing that I should have avoided!
My prescription for fatigue and combat against laziness literally drove my body into further demise.
You see, we’re all made with a load limit. We’re not all Semi-Trucks that can carry a ton or more for millions of miles. God makes some people with higher load limits for a purpose, just as He makes some with lower load limits for a different purpose. My battle against that purpose had major repercussions and now there was the battle to help my adrenal glands function for the purpose they were made for.
I received my diagnosis in 2004 and since then I have had my ups and downs. But the biggest battle I face is knowing my load limit.
Over the next several weeks, I will be sharing about how I am working to reverse fatigue. It is a journey that involves the whole person: spirit, soul and body – because every part of the person is affected by fatigue. Adrenal fatigue involves the adrenal glands that secrete cortisol, which is a hormone that enables you to deal with stress. When they are fatigued, it literally means that the store of cortisol is exhausted and your body is unable to compensate for the stress it is under.
This is what I share about in today’s video:
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