What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is a sub-clinical condition that presents with a variety of non-specific but yet debilitating symptoms dominated by weakness and low energy. It is thought to be caused by adrenal weakness when the body’s normal neuroendocrine stress response is dysregulated. Routine laboratory tests are usually normal and pathological examination is unremarkable. Most forms of Adrenal Fatigue are mild, with full recovery after rest, and therefore go undetected. A small number of people fail to recover spontaneously and progress to more advanced states.
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Advanced Adrenal Fatigue
Advanced Adrenal Fatigue can be incapacitating with more severe symptoms involving metabolic derangement, presenting clinically with food intolerance, chemical sensitivities, reactive hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, insomnia, heart palpitations, and digestive issues. Physical or emotional stress (such as toxic relationships) play a big role in this condition.
Common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms include:
- Needing to eat or snack frequently to avoid fatigue, irritation
- Salt craving
- Low blood pressure
- Being wired and tired at night, with difficulty falling asleep and frequent awakening
- Heart pounding and palpitations
- Multiple chemical and food sensitivities
- Paradoxical reactions to medications and supplements
- Weight gain, especially around the waist — This weight is almost impossible to lose!
- Reduced sex drive and libido, with excessive fatigue after intercourse
- Brain fog, with difficulty concentrating and remembering things
- Lack of energy in the mornings and mid-afternoon
- Migrating pain for no reason
- Inability to handle stressful situations
- Anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, and easily startled
- Inability to tolerate heat or temperature fluctuation
- Reduce exercise capacity and breathlessness on exertion like going up a flight of steps
These are just some of the more than 75 signs and symptoms that can present. If you have any or all of these signs and symptoms and can’t figure out what’s wrong, it’s time to consider adrenal fatigue as a possible cause if your doctor cannot find the cause.
Adrenal fatigue is not taught in most medical school curriculums. This leaves most conventionally trained physicians ignorant of the complexities of the adrenal and neuroendocrine stress response systems. Instead, conventional doctors will look towards more conventional diagnosis such as hypothyroidism or depression to explain the symptoms that you are experiencing. In doing so, you may be started on prescriptions medications that you did not need, a very common mistake that is often made.
Myths and Misconceptions
Many myths and much misinformation exist about Adrenal Fatigue. If the condition is left to natural progression and the stressors continue to persist, Adrenal Fatigue may worsen.
Just what is Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS)? One of the most common health complaints today is fatigue. If you have fatigue along with other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, insomnia, inability to lose weight, anxiousness, allergies, or brain fog, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) may be at the root of the problem. If all of this is new to you and you need to know what’s happening inside of you, begin here to begin your journey to Adrenal Fatigue recovery.
There are over 75 signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If you have any or all of these signs and symptoms and can’t figure out what’s wrong, it’s time to consider adrenal fatigue as a possible cause if your doctor cannot find the cause. Explore to to learn more about Adrenal Fatigue symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue is a stress-induced NeuroEndoMetabolic condition. This means there is a neurological component, an endocrine (hormonal) component, and a metabolic component. Stress causes these components to get overwhelmed and eventually symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating start to arise. It’s important to manage stress and manage your health as well. Find out about living with Adrenal Fatigue.
While conventional medicine may work for earlier stages of adrenal fatigue, move advanced cases require may require an alternative approach. Glandulars, adaptogens, vitamins, and minerals are just some of the natural, commonly deployed compounds that may help with adrenal fatigue. However, if used in the wrong setting, these natural compounds can actually worsen your condition over time. Find out more on how to treat with Adrenal Fatigue.
A weak adrenal system has profound systemic decompensatory actions, manifesting in a wide range of symptoms. No organ is spared. As a result, many conditions often present concurrently with adrenal fatigue, complicating matters. At the same time, many other ailments can often present similarly to adrenal fatigue. These include lyme disease, genetic mutations, SIBO, IBS, etc. Find out more about these conditions and how to tell them apart.