"I try and try but can't get anything done even with caffeine" "When I wake up I feel so focused, but then it goes away In a few minutes" "I feel panicky/overwhelmed most of the time" "When I'm drawing, I get to a point where I get stuck and can't fix it" "I have energy to do things, but get frustrated and tired so quickly"
Sound familiar? Wish more than anything this would stop? You might benefit from what I've recently learned in my own struggle with high cortisol.
I recently strained my heart. I was overexerting myself and had a 'ripping' feeling in my chest. I passed out. The feeling leading up to this was like electric shock running through my body. This was the most major medical event in my life, and I knew something had to change.
I'm a healthy guy, so this was a huge shock. After getting checked out by the doctor, I started looking into the root of the problem. My family has a history of high cortisol. While you're probably familiar with the more well known serotonin and dopamine, you may not know the 'stress' hormone Cortisol. I highly encourage you to read the wiki article I pasted at the top, then skip down to the section that explains the medical problems long term exposure to high levels of Cortisol can cause.
I myself have every single symptom except muscle deterioration - well, that's what I thought until I had my little heart event.
These are the steps I took (it's been about 7 days, and I've never felt so much better in my life).
1. I stopped drinking caffeine all together. After the horrible headaches subsided, this made the second biggest improvement.
2. I stopped taking my anti depressant and anto anxiety medication. This was a well researched and educated decision. My SSRI (selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor) also prevented the normal reuptake of Cortisol. THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE, AND YOU MUST ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF THIS MIGHT BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR MEDS. I did have two dats of severe suicidal thoughts, but it wasn't too hard getting past it as I knew it was the meds.
3. I started on a regimen of magnesium, niacin, folate (real stuff, not just folic acid, but folic acid will work in a pinch), B stress vitamin combo, flaxseed oil, fish oil, and a combo omega vitamin made of several others.
4. I started stretching at night before bed (the goal is to flush the excess hormone from your blood. Water, stretching, and light aerobic exercise is second only to removing caffeine in importance).
5. Started making up my sleep debt. I've been taking it as easy as possible, and sleeping anytime I can. I've been getting about 14hours of sleep a day. I've been much more tired since repaying my sleep debt, and my body is healing quickly.
6. I haven't given up all my vices, but the desire to use my vaporizer is very reduced. When making any major change in your life to address a medical issue, it's important not to give up ever bad habit you have. Doing too much at once can be overwhelming. Give yourself an out if you need it.
I hope if anyone who has struggled with this like I have might finally get some relief after reading this journal.