Janice had a very stressful few months. She had moved in with her fiancé because she had been “renevicted” — her New Westminster, BC rental apartment was being demolished to be rebuilt into higher-priced accommodation. This new living arrangement did not turn out well, and she realized that it was a mistake soon afterwards. She had also decided that the retail management job she had been hired for three years earlier was not working out so she needed to look for other work very soon. She began looking for another apartment to live in (recognizing that this also meant a relationship breakup) not knowing whether a new job might also require relocation.
Although Janice normally was very active and healthy for her 42 years, she started feeling exhausted, and was dragging herself to work each morning. She felt nervous and irritable in addition to having no energy to look for a new home on her off-hours. She was losing weight on her already slim frame even though she was eating normally, and she started having heart palpitations. She persevered, however, feeling that she was simply in an “emotionally difficult time” and that her insomnia was making her tired and anxious.
These symptoms persisted until she finally went to her doctor, and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This prognosis added more worry to her already difficult life situation. Then, while at her local health food store, she was advised to see a naturopathic doctor before taking the thyroid medication her MD had prescribed. After asking her about her stress level, the naturopath said it was probably not hyperthyroidism. It was adrenal fatigue, which has almost all of the same symptoms — because elevated cortisol levels caused by prolonged stress can affect her thyroid and other hormonal glands in a very similar way. And it would dissipate after her living and work circumstances changed. Relieved that it wasn’t a thyroid condition, Janice felt empowered to make some choices for recovery in the meantime.