Adrenal Fatigue, is a term used by some to say that fatigue and other symptoms are caused by a poorly working adrenal gland in people who are suffering from mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal glands are what produce hormones including adrenaline and the steroids aldosterone and cortisol. Cortisol, for example, is what helps your body deal with stress. According to the Adrenal Fatigue theory, if your life is too stressful, your adrenal glands may not pump out enough hormones which leads to a wide variety of symptoms. Adrenal Fatigue can result from diseases like Anemia, Arthritis, Diabetes, and Heart Failure. Medical conditions such as Addison’s Disease can affect your adrenal glands which results into Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is not a proven medical condition.

What Are the Symptoms?

Adrenal Fatigue symptoms can be split into two sets. The most common symptoms are those experienced by most (if not all) Adrenal Fatigue sufferers. Although, the other set contains less common symptoms that are only experienced by a smaller set of patients. Usually a patient that is suffering from Adrenal Fatigue will have either most or all of the common symptoms that are listed here as well as a handful of the less common symptoms. Below are the various symptoms that people may experience if they are suffering from Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Trouble getting out of bed.
  • Chronic tiredness (even after you wake up in the morning).
  • Trouble thinking clearly or finishing your tasks.
  • Depression
  • Poor sleeping habits.
  • Poor diet (research shows that those who suffer from Adrenal Fatigue have cravings for salty foods).
  • Stress at work or home.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • Higher energy levels in the evening.
  • Asthma, allergies, or respiratory complaints.
  • Dark circles under the eyes.
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Extreme tiredness after exercise
  • Frequent urination
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low sex drive
  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness in your fingers / Poor circulation
  • Weight gain

Traditional Management

There are different ways to treat Adrenal Fatigue. Treatments vary from acupuncture to supplements to changing your lifestyle (diet and sleeping habits). A common treatment that many turn to is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (also known as natural hormone therapy) which refers to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with endogenous hormones in hormone replacement therapy. Supplements used to treat Adrenal Fatigue are:

  • Adrenal Cortex Glandular (Over-the-counter product)
  • Whole Adrenal Glandular (The adrenaline they contain can overstimulate you, further exhausting your adrenals. This supplement should be taken if one is feeling burned out and exhausted.)
  • Pregnenolone
  • Seriphos (Phosphorylated Serine)
  • Adrenal Extract (method of hormone replacement)

References:

  1. Kecskes, Alex A. “Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Adrenal Fatigue.” Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 24 Oct. 2014. Web.
  2. Hansen, Fawne The Adrenal Fatigue Solution. Fawne Hansen, n.d. Web.
  3. Metcalf, Eric. “Adrenal Fatigue: Is It Real?” , 11 Nov. 2013. Web.
  4. Myers, Wendy. “Heal Your Adrenals – Recovering from Adrenal Fatigue.” Health Ambition., 2013. Web.

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