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ADRENAL FATIGUE

woman in bed holding her head is suffering from adrenal fatigue

WHAT IS ADRENAL FATIGUE (also known as adrenal insufficiency, adrenal burnout or hypoadrenia)

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands, situated above the kidneys, become overworked and damaged, usually due to long term exposure to stress.  As a result of being overworked, they secrete reduced amounts of the adrenal hormones. The main ones being cortisol, aldosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and adrenaline.  The most important of these is cortisol, since when this is lowered, the body will no longer be able to deal with stress, a situation which can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE?   

The main symptom of adrenal fatigue is tiredness and chronic (long term) fatigue (especially in the morning and between 3 – 5 pm).  Other associated non-specific symptoms that could occur as a syndrome include chronic pain (especially upper back or neck), mild depression, anxiety, reduced stress coping ability (e.g. trembling under pressure, unexplained hair loss, insomnia, inability to loose weight (even though seriously trying to), poor blood sugar control (up or down), frequent infections, reduced sex drive, feeling better )up in the morning, worsening of allergies, reduced memory / concentration, alternating diarrhea and constipation and indigestion.

 

WHAT CAUSES ADRENAL FATIGUE?

The onset of adrenal fatigue is slow and insidious.  Chronic stress is the main cause of adrenal fatigue, since stress causes the adrenals to produce huge amounts of adrenal stress hormones.  This continues until the adrenals burn out and so does the supply of vital stress and anti-fatigue hormones.  As a result, chronic fatigue and the above mentioned symptoms of continued stress exposure begin.  Most adults experience adrenal fatigue of varying severities at some time in their lives.  Other causes of adrenal fatigue is constant anger (short fuse), chronic inflammation, chronic infections (such as Giardia and H. pylori which give rise to inflammation), chronic pain, excessive exercise, low blood sugar, surgery foods, excessive sugar, caffeine or alcohol intake and toxin exposure (such as smoking or environmental pollutants).

 

ADRENAL FATIGUE VERSUS ADRENAL NON FUNCTION

Adrenal fatigue (very common) should not be confused with another medical condition called Addison’s disease where the adrenal glands are not functioning (very rare).  While Addison’s disease is often caused by auto-immune dysfunction, adrenal fatigue is caused by stress.

 

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