The Wages of Stress…Adrenal Fatigue
One of the most common complaints I hear from my patients is a lack of energy and general fatigue. We live in a very high-stress environment today, and many people today are suffering from early stages of adrenal exhaustion. This type of adrenal fatigue usually does not progress to Addison’s or Cushing’s disease. You can have very normal lab tests including thyroid screening and still have adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney that produce hormones that you can’t live without, including cortisol, which helps you to respond to stress and has many other important functions.
The typical person with early adrenal exhaustion experiences episodes of frequent fatigue despite partaking in exercise, adding more sleep, and making dietary improvements. Coffee and other caffeinated products are often used to “perk up” the person, but this ultimately makes the condition worse. Women may also have symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Adrenal fatigue will often begin after a severe trauma.
A sudden job loss or drop in income can be a major stressor. People with adrenal fatigue often report a loss of motivation and decreased ability to work or handle stress at work. Life situations may lead to this type of exhaustion, including a stressful home life, a history of substance abuse, repeated illnesses, and frequent or prolonged respiratory infections including colds, flu, pneumonia or bronchitis.
A simple in-office screening can detect the early stages of adrenal fatigue. We can work with you to create a healing nutritional program that includes supplements which will support the repair of the adrenal glands. Results have been very good with this approach, with my patients reporting that they sleep deeper and awake more refreshed, their energy and mood improve, and they no longer seek relief from unrelenting fatigue.
Call our office if you are experiencing these issues and schedule an appointment. We’ll help you back to good health the natural way!