Adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe supposed symptoms like chronic fatigue, body aches, and disrupting sleep patterns when our adrenal glands are overworked and unable to adequately produce cortisol and other hormones. The adrenals produce over 50 different hormones that regulate various bodily functions.
While some integrative and holistic medicine practitioners argue adrenal fatigue is an unofficial diagnosis, it is not an accepted medical condition by most conventional doctors. Some believe it is a milder version of diseases like Addison's or Cushing's disease. Still, research on adrenal fatigue is limited, so mainstream medicine does not recognize it as a distinct disorder.

Possible Symptoms

Some symptoms associated with the proposed adrenal fatigue diagnosis include:



Causes

Potential causes put forth by alternative practitioners are:



The adrenal glands may become overtaxed from consistent stress and demands. Over time, the adrenals struggle to keep up, resulting in suboptimal hormone levels and generalized symptoms.

If you suspect adrenal issues, consider getting lab testing on your cortisol and DHEA-S levels at a place like Vitality Wellness Clinic. Our clinic specializes in customized hormonal and nutritional treatment plans to rebalance the adrenals.

With lifestyle changes like stress management and improved sleep and diet, one may be able to support healthier adrenal function. But some cases require individualized adrenal hormone supplements as well.

Working with a knowledgeable and experienced functional/integrative medicine practitioner can help determine if treatments are needed for improving fatigue and energy levels relative to adrenal health. They can order the proper lab tests and create a personalized plan based on your symptoms and test results.

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