I'm a male and only 22, with a history of chronic dieting, exercise and anorexia. I embarked on a restrictive diet more than two years ago and experienced a sudden adrenal crisis, and have only recovered 60% since. Ever since my adrenal crisis, I've experience many textbook adrenal fatigue symptoms, like blood sugar issues, chronic fatigue, brain fog, cognitive impairment, weight gain etc. I have taken a basic, conventional blood test with normal results. A full thyroid panel that indicated great thyroid function. Moreover, an adrenal saliva test only showed a marginal DHEA deficiency and slightly insufficient cortisol later in the day. In desperation, earlier in my recovery, I took desiccated thyroid (T3) with unpleasant side affects. I was prescribed Levothyroxine by a GP, a small dose of 25mcg, and it definitely aggravated a lot of adrenal symptoms, inducing throbbing head pressure that lasted for weeks for supplementing with T4 over only two days. Even vitamin and mineral supplementation have never benefited me. It's been over a year since this happened. I have gained weight rapidly since then. Recently, since my DHEA levels were a little low, I took a small 5mg dose. I reacted poorly, and was severely fatigued and cognitively impaired for a few hours. I did a little more research and found that pregnenolone is a lot safer and stabilises cortisol and other adrenal hormones. I took a small 5mg dose two days ago and experienced similar effects to the DHEA, but less extreme yet different. My body temperature dropped, I had a minor headache and it induced extreme fatigue. My brain fog also intensified, and my cognitive performance declined. It's my third day on 5mg of pregnenolone and the symptoms are improving but not drastically, but libido is non-existent (it was okay before), I'm having some digestive issues and my body temperature is still low. Furthermore, the intensified brain fog is still lingering. My mood has also declined. What could possibly induce such a reaction to a small dose? Dr Lam wrote a little about paradoxical reactions and how they are more common earlier in recovery, but I've been recovering for over 27 months. Sure, I'm not in a bedridden state of adrenal fatigue any more, but it's still debilitating, and I can't say things have been improving. Please don't recommend any dietary or exercise plans. I eat in excess of 2500+ calories a day, mostly from whole food sources. I cannot exercise due to my unstable cortisol as it only aggravates my fatigue. Thank you.