Today I want to share a patient story with you. I had a patient come in this week who was experiencing the symptoms of a complete stroke. He’d been working for a security company, flying all over the United States installing security systems and basically burnt himself out. Just pushing, pushing, pushing, constantly. He also had a history of seizures when he was in school, but they never found out what kind of seizures they were. It turns out that what he has been experiencing is endocrine burn out or endocrine exhaustion. The endocrine system is made up of your pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, and your hypothalamus which all produce different hormones. After seeing this patient and doing a scan on him, we determined that his adrenal glands, that produce adrenaline, were completely, 100% shot.
So after working for a year and a half intensely hard he came home for a vacation, gets in to a motorhome with his family, starts to drive to California, and in the middle of Nevada he starts to have stroke-like symptoms. He starts to not feel well, has difficulty speaking, can’t walk well, and degenerates to the point where they put him in LifeFlight and take him to the University of Utah hospital. CAT scans and MRIs are done, but they find nothing, no bleeding in his brain, his cervical spine is just fine, all of his blood work was fine. What they didn’t check was his adrenal function. A month later he walks in to my office with a cane, dragging his leg in behind him. We did a scan with him and a complete physical, and when I took his blood pressure from sitting to standing his blood pressure dropped forty points. Your blood pressure should raise up by ten points, not go down. Blood pressure dropping like this is directly related to adrenal function and its ability to produce adrenaline and keep the blood pressure up when shifting positions like that. He was experiencing complete endocrine system burnout.
After giving him some supplementation to help support his adrenals, a day later he was practicing walking without a cane, and by the weekend he put his cane away. One week later he walks fine, but is still having trouble speaking. He is building and building, getting stronger and stronger. It may take a month or two for his system to fully recover, but we’re confident we can make that happen.
It’s important to monitor yourself, are you pushing yourself to the end of your limits? Are you pushing yourself to a heart attack or a stroke? Or an emotional stroke? Or an endocrine stroke? Get the nutrition you need and don’t push until you burn out. If you have any questions about this or other health related topics please call me at 801.298.4646