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A few days ago, I noticed I've started to get these weird, vertical creases in my fingertips. My mom and my grandmother both had them and I wondered if it was just a thing with aging or if it's a symptom of something. So, I went to the Google machine and typed in "fingertip creases".

What I got back was a bunch of information on something called "adrenal fatigue". Now, I don't know if this is a Real Thing or not, but if it is, it explains a lot about how I've been feeling. It's stuff that's becoming progressively worse over the last few years.

* Morning fatigue/morning headache
* Not really feeling awake until around 10 a.m.
* Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
* A burst of energy at 6 p.m. when you finally feel better from your afternoon lull
* Sleepiness around 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. However, you resist going to sleep
* A “second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m.
* Never feeling rested, no matter how much sleep you get
* Cravings for foods high in salt and fats
* Increased thirst/frequent urination (water goes right through you)
* Chronic low blood pressure
* Sensitivity to cold and feeling chilled
* Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
* Mild depression (not sure about the mild part here)
* Mood swings
* Mental fog
* Memory problems
* A decreased ability to handle stress
* A decreased ability to recover from illness/injury
* Heat intolerance
* Light-headedness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position
* Frequent sighing
* Sugar cravings
* Increased food/seasonal allergies
* Increased sensitivity to sunlight
* Poor exercise recovery
* Difficulty losing weight/belly fat
* Difficulty in changing body composition/hard gainer
* Muscular weakness
* Purple or blue under-eye circles
* Vertical lines in the fingertips
* Ringing in the ears
* Heart palpitations or tachycardia

The Mayo clinic says it's not a real diagnosis, but considering the treatment for it is so simple, I think I'm going to give it a try anyway. Well, relatively simple anyway. Part of it includes trying to get to bed by 10pm, which will be the huge problem for me. I'm an up-all-nighter. I'm lucky if I'm in bed by 1am.

Still, I need to do something. I just feel worse and worse. God knows I can't handle stress. Even the slightest thing makes me buckle under. So, I'm going to try to stick to the following:

* Take a multi-vitamin daily
* Take 2,000 - 3,000 mg Vitamin C a day
* Take 100-400 mgs L-Theanine a day
* Drink 1/4-1/2 tsp. unrefined salt in water daily
* Eat low carb (something I need to do anyway)
* Go to bed by 10:30pm at the latest (oh god)

Here's hoping.
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