Overview

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or “gray” feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day

Symptoms

What are the signs of Adrenal Fatigue?

The signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:

Eye and muscle twitches

Eye and muscle twitches

Feeling tired and lacking energy throughout the day

Feeling tired and lacking energy throughout the day

    Struggling to get out of bed in the morning despite getting to bed at a reasonable time

Struggling to get out of bed in the morning despite getting to bed at a reasonable time

Getting a second wind at 10 or 11pm when you should be winding down

Getting a second wind at 10 or 11pm when you should be winding down

Waking through the night, even to go to the bathroom

Waking through the night, even to go to the bathroom

 Feeling irritable, anxious and/or suffering from a fuzzy head and short-term memory loss

Feeling irritable, anxious and/or suffering from a fuzzy head and short-term memory loss

Being diagnosed or suffering from depression, panic attacks, anxiety or low sex drive

Being diagnosed or suffering from depression, panic attacks, anxiety or low sex drive

An increase in PMS symptoms (bloatedness, irritability, tiredness, cravings)

An increase in PMS symptoms (bloatedness, irritability, tiredness, cravings)

Having been prescribed antibiotics several times in the past few years

Having been prescribed antibiotics several times in the past few years

Reoccurring asthma, hay fever, pneumonia or bronchitis

Reoccurring asthma, hay fever, pneumonia or bronchitis

Causes

What are the causes of Adrenal Fatigue?

The following factors play an important role in Adrenal Fatigue:

Chronic stress

Chronic stress

Alcohol

Alcohol

Drugs

Drugs

Caffeine

Caffeine

Illness ie colds, flus, coughs, that just wont go away

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Adrenal Fatigue?

To diagnose Adrenal Fatigue, your doctor is likely to ask you about your medical and family history, perform a physical exam or request the following tests:

Female & male hormone profile (blood)

Female & male hormone profile (blood)

Fasting insulin

Fasting insulin

Find a Practitioner

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