I'll try to keep this as short as possible. In February I ran 14:25 indoors and was feeling great running about 90 miles a week and training with my college team. When the beginning of March came, I started to get debilitating shin splints in any workout, no matter the shoes, surface, etc. I also immediately gained about 8-10 pounds out of nowhere. As the weeks passed, I started to feel sluggish and tired during every run to the point where going out and doing 30 minutes of easy running was not only the worst thing ever, but I had no desire to even try. I wasn't sleeping at night, waking up 3-4 times every night, when usually I never wake up at all. The season goes on, we have no idea what it is, and it ends, with me running in 16's to finish off the season. I would have no motivation to do anything, felt fatigued and tired all the time beyond just running, and would physically be in pain (tightness, aches) upon waking.
I took 7 weeks off, during which time I consulted a family friend who is my chiropractor and former competitive runner. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. I was in a really bad place with it. I started supplements to rebuild and get things going. This went on for a few months as I attempted to eventually start running again, although I still felt just dead tired, tight, and physical pain whenever I tried to run, to go along with the fact I was still exhausted all day every day for no real reason at all. I've been running a bit every day, mixed with some time off here and there (which doesn't seem to help whatsoever). So I'm not sure where to go.
The reason I came here is because I still am unable to run without the tightness and pain in my legs, pure exhaustion all day long, etc. For example, I got 10 hours of quality sleep the other night and was dead tired upon waking, and needed 2 separate naps throughout the day. I am totally apathetic and have no desire to do anything at all, let alone run. Sometimes the pain while running isn't too bad, but afterwards is pretty rough. Even doing things like cross training, abs, etc. just seems in my mind to be too exhausting and I end up not doing it. No amount of time off is helping, nothing I'm doing (and I think I've tried just about everything) is helping.
Still working with my chiro, I've done blood tests that revealed nothing too out of the ordinary. Everything was basically within a recommended range, with some things on the low end. Some of the numbers:
wbc - 4.3
rbc - 5.57
Hgb - 16.3
Iron - 166
TSH - 0.94
T4 free - 0.77
Ferritin - 32.5
Vit D - 41
Anything else you'd like to know and I will answer. I thought about Hypothyroid but the 0.91 kind of dismisses that I think. I'm currently taking iron supps (always have) and something to help kick-start my pituitary (which feeds into thyroid), but not feeling any difference really. Also, adrenal levels have been back to normal for a while now.
I'm not trying to create some sob story, just looking for any suggestions or help as I really, really want to get back to my old self, not only with running but just life in general. I can't live like this. The past 7 months have been pretty horrible.
Thanks for reading all of this.
p.s. I've already read all the thyroid and adrenal fatigure/CFS threads around here, and both my doctor, chiro and I are baffled as to what is wrong.