Timeline
Long Version

Fall 1998 (just turned 18 years old)-

-Entered my senior year of high school with a 3.9 GPA and brutal course load.

-Consistent sub-2:15 half-miler.

-Every reason to believe that steady improvement would continue.

-NCAA Division II and III schools had shown some interest.

-Always stressed out and felt as if on the edge of a breakdown. 

October 1998-

-Endured a sudden loss of energy and a string of bad races.

-Usually :20-:30 per mile slower than my best.

-Diagnosed with hypothyroidism and given a prescription for Synthroid.

-Confirmed as a misdiagnosis 4 years later.

 

Early 1999-July 2002

-Initially recovered my former energy level but started downhill after freshman year.

-String of injuries and illnesses derailed efforts to make the college team.

-Developed chronic ankle pain associated with tarsal tunnel syndrome

-Basically accepted that my body could no longer handle intense training and former energy level would never return.

-Personal research showed that thyroid medication was responsible for ailments.

- Dosage raised from .150 mgs to .175 mgs briefly and ordered not to cut back despite feeling awful (out of breath from walking up a hill, 6’0” and a sickly 135 lbs.)

- Treatment described as “malpractice” by future doctor

- Maintained a 3.8 GPA during this period.

 

Late 2002-

-Taken off thyroid meds on orders of an endocrinologist instead of being weaned off.

-Felt worse than ever (nearly bed-ridden) but endocrinologist refused to wean gradually.

-Also described as “malpractice” by a future doctor

-Brain fog so severe that I could not remember what professor said before writing it down

-Took remainder of .150 mg Synthroid to get through the semester.

-Accepted into Clemson University’s Master of Business Administration program.

-Diagnosed with clinical depression by another doctor.

 

Jan-Feb 2003-

-Anti-depressant brought some temporary relief to my symptoms but worsened again

-Fully aware that graduate school would be impossible in this condition

-Diagnosed myself with adrenal disease and ordered Adrenal Boost to treat it.

 

Feb-Dec 2003

-Showed improvement after only 3 days (extremely unusual)

-Able to quit the thyroid meds and anti-depressants

-Regained the weight lost while on thyroid meds and believed myself to be cured.

-Faster than ever at longer distances despite being limited to 15 miles per week because of tremendous stress and time demands of getting an MBA.

 

2004

-Slow start to year because of unyielding stress at school

-Got into a groove when the semester ended and stress level reduced.

-Easier schedule in Fall 2004 semester, forced to reduce dosage over time

-If I took 1/2 pill too many, I felt terrible.  If I took ½ pill too few, I felt terrible.

-Felt terrific when the formula was precisely in balance

-Reduced dosage from 3 pills to 1 over time by the end of the year.

-Believed that I would soon by free from any pills for the first time since ’98

 

Jan-May 2005

-Final semester was extremely difficult

-Forced to adjust the dosage upward every 2-3 weeks, topping out at 5 pills before going back down to 3 before graduation.

-Ill-effects within hours of taking too many or too few pills but it only took hours to feel much better after getting back in balance

-Plagued by chronic fears that the supplements would lose their effectiveness or that I would not be able to find a formula that worked after graduation

-Made an appointment with a nationally recognized “top doc” to solve this mystery

-Grades slipped a bit but still graduated with a solid 3.3 GPA in a tough curriculum.

 

June 2005-July 2006

-Absolute worst fears realized when energy level crashed shortly after graduation

-Blood test was inconclusive (perhaps affected by supplements)

-Quit adrenal supplements, which resulted in a slight improvement.

-Unemployed and fully aware that I could not handle a stressful job yet everyone that I knew tried to convince me that there was nothing physically wrong.  I knew otherwise.

-Anti-depressants provided some temporary relief but eventually left me no better physically than before until I increased the dosage. Anxiety relieved somewhat.

-The cycle repeated itself until I was taking the maximum prescription and still barely functional and sometimes in bed 12-14 hours per day.

-Went back to low doses of adrenal supplements, which put me back into the good day-bad day pattern (the good days were not nearly as good as before).

-16 failed job interviews and 10 meetings with corporate recruiters, dependent on parents for meager income.

-“Top doc” referred me to a holistic doctor who used hair analysis for diagnosis.

 

Late 2006-

-Officially diagnosed with full-blown adrenal exhaustion and thyroid disease

-Hair analysis revealed that I was perilously close to developing several chronic diseases

-Holistic doctor explained that the ingredients in Adrenal Boost were actually stimulants and only intended to be a temporary solution while the label on the bottle stated “for use in recovery from adrenal fatigue”

-Moved to Alabama for a fresh start and landed a decent, low stress job within 3 weeks.

-Able to quit anti-depressants once and for all, free of all prescription drugs

-Condition gradually improved and felt about 80% by the end of the year.

 

Early 2007:

-Successfully completed probationary period at work and earned a raise.

-Finished a half-marathon in less than 2 hours

-Must take precise amount of certain pills early every day or suffered ill-effects in hours.

-Leveled off at about 90% healthy from February-May.

-Neurotransmitter test revealed 8 abnormalities (5 were not even close to normal).

 

Mid 2007:

-6 out of 8 neurotransmitter imbalances much improved (1 stayed same, 1 got worse)

-Over-active thyroid worsened, escaped adrenal burnout, adrenal glands now overactive. 

-Extremely sensitive to neurotransmitter support (depressed if I don’t take enough, over-stimulated if I take too much).  Intolerant to B6; this is a key ingredient in every neurotransmitter supplement recommended by my doctor.

-95-100% healthy on good days, angry and depressed on bad days, months of trial and error to find a formula that provides long-term relief.

-Looking for a more challenging but not overwhelmingly stressful job with better pay.

 

2008:

Continued to show improvement with fewer bad days and less severe symptoms.  Neurotransmitters had normalized by the end of the year.  No success in the job market.  B-6 was able to be taken again.


2009:

A great year for me all around.  New job and despite a summer slump, I set personal records at every distance from 400 meters- marathon.  Unfortunately, I made a critical error.  When on neurotransmitter support, I needed Lithium to slow my thyroid and adrenals and avoid a competing product with the stimulatory amino acids.  I really thought I had a path to balance but the Lithium lowered the thyroid hormones but my oxidation rate remained fast because of high cell membrane permeability.