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  1. thingsvarious

    Each hormone deficiency is associated with a distinct kind of fatigue. I had them all.

    Hello, I am a medical student in my last year. For a few years I have been replacing all of my major hormones (see here) and I have been both high and low in many different constellations. From all this I learned 2 things. Each hormone deficiency can cause chronic fatigue. Each hormone...
  2. thingsvarious

    Cortisol brought me back to life.

    I am a medical student in my last year. I have been replacing multiple of my hormones for years now. Before I had crushing fatigue, I couldn´t function. Out of all the hormones, the biggest difference made cortisol. Because there is just SOOOO much misinformation about cortisol, I wrote a...
  3. thingsvarious

    I replace ALL my hormones. This brought me back to life. But is it sustainable for decades?

    In my opinion CFS is often (not always obviously) multiple hormone deficiency (esp. adrenals, perihperal thyroid sensitivity). I am a medical student in my last year. I replace ALL of my hormones. my energy levels went from the 5th percentile to the 95th percentile. In early twenties my life...
  4. grapes

    Taking hydrocortisone before activity to prevent PEM crashes---I think that's on target!!

    A month ago, as I had reviewed in my mind all the crashes I've had that started in early 2016, it dawned on me that these crashes could be related to my cortisol levels. I even told my Functional Med doc that it's like my cortisol CRASHES after activity, and it takes days to recover from. Those...
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