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Dr. Melissa Haglund
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Adrenal Fatigue (Definition)

Adrenal fatigue is not a recognized diagnosis in science based medicine. Although inconsistent with our understanding of adrenal physiology, the theory is that the adrenal glands "wear out" after a prolonged stress leading to fatigue. There is no evidence or reason to believe this occurs. When the adrenals are damaged or fail in conditions such as addison's disease -- ...Read more


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Is it true that people with add have lower dopamine levels?

Is it true that people with add have lower dopamine levels?

Likely so: Restless leg syndrome, nocturnal bruxism, and add may all be associated with ineffective Dopamine function. Many of the meds prescribed affect this directly or indirectly, and may be very useful and successful. Suggest you discuss with your physician and decide if this type of focus is right for you. ...Read more

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Why is it that I often have such low energy level?

Why is it that I often have such low energy level?

Low energy: Several possibilities, more common ones are the flu, depression, effect of medications, metabolic factors. Consult with your pcp for workup. ...Read more

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Is it possible that some people with pdd-nos also have add?

Is it possible that some people with pdd-nos also have add?

Yes: People with pddnos (autistic spectrum problems) commonly have symptoms of adhd that would benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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Many people say that postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is very common to have along with fibromyalgia what so u think?

Many people say that postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is very common to have along with fibromyalgia what so u think?

Fibromyalgia: Orthostatic tachcardia syndrome can e found with primary fibromyalgia but is not common. We see it more with chronic fatigue syndrome with myalgias. Some degree of hypovolemia is seen aas a problem in both conditions but is not universal. ...Read more

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I read that IgG subclass deficiencies are associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Is this true? If so, what is the connection?

I read that IgG subclass deficiencies are associated with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  Is this true?  If so, what is the connection?

IGG : Igg are sensitivities for foods or substances and cause significant gut inflammation. These then lead to impermeable or leaky gut. This inflammation can lead to joint and muscle pain. The fatigue is usually caused by the poor absorption of the cofactors needed in the body to produce energy. ...Read more

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I have Hashimoto's also low Igg and Iga. This seems odd, as they are usually raised with auto-immune is is this indicative of another health problem?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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I have Hashimoto's also low Igg and Iga.  This seems odd, as they are usually raised with auto-immune is is this indicative of another health problem?

Depends: You can have low IgG and IgA which may increase your risk in contracting respiratory tract infections. You can have Hashimoto's too since only a small portion of your IgG may be targeted against the thyroid. Your question is valid. ...Read more

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Is it true that hashimotos can cause brain fog memory problems and severe headaches? Treated with levothyroxine but endo suggesting steroids.

Is it true that hashimotos can cause brain fog memory problems and severe headaches? Treated with levothyroxine but endo suggesting steroids.

Yes to all.: Hypothyroid dysfunction is a cause of cognitive issues, and headaches, amongst the effects. Do not know for sure whether steroids will help, but would follow advice of your endocrinologist who has expertise with endocrine issues. ...Read more

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It has been shown that salpingo oopherectomy as well as child birth can rarely excite autoimmune hypophysitis. What is the likely reason these hormone shifts can lead to autoimmune hypophysitis?

It has been shown that salpingo oopherectomy as well as child birth can rarely excite autoimmune hypophysitis.  What is the likely reason these hormone shifts can lead to autoimmune  hypophysitis?

Rebound phenomenon: I am not aware of oopherectomy causing autoimmune hypophysitis, but after pregnancy many autoimmune disorders "flare". Pregnancy is a state of autoimmune suppression (this makes sense otherwise you might reject the baby), but once the hormone levels drop, it somehow triggers a more heightened immune responsiveness. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder is it to have low energy levels with people you find boring?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Why is it that people get muscle weakness in hyperkalaemia and hypokalaemia?

Why is it that people get muscle weakness in hyperkalaemia and hypokalaemia?

Important K: Potassium is integral for muscle contraction - when too high or too low it causes problems like muscle cramps. As the heart is a muscle it is also very important for your heart function. ...Read more

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Should all hypoaldosteronism patients have edema /can a person have low aldosterone without this symptom/?

Should all hypoaldosteronism patients have edema /can a person have low aldosterone without this symptom/?

Hypoaldo & edema: It would be rare for a person with a low aldosterone to have edema. But would depend on kidney function, cause of low aldo and salt intake. If you have had both kidneys removed which causes low aldo then you will get edema related to how much salt you eat. if your aldo is low because u eat way to much salt you might have edema. If no adrenals is causing low aldo then rare to have edema ...Read more

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Is there any other causes of high IGF-2 besides endocrine tumors? 266-616 ng mine is around 756. I also have hypoglycemia and periodic hypokalemia.

Is there any other causes of high IGF-2 besides endocrine tumors? 266-616 ng mine is around 756. I also have 
hypoglycemia and periodic hypokalemia.

Unclear: Dear Rachel233, IFG-2 has been found to be associated with several cancers and genetic syndromes. However, the only proven utility is to diagnose a specific type of low sugar. This substance is still under investigation. Here is some reliable information I found about it. I hope this helps. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/IGF2 ...Read more

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Is it true that people with auto immune conditions have lower body temp?

Is it true that people with auto immune conditions have lower body temp?

Could be: There are many conditions that can lead to a lower-than-average body temperature, and certain autoimmune diseases are among them. ...Read more

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I have pots and always had severe hyperhidrosis which has worsened. Eating as much sodium and potassium as i can but keep being low in them. Could sweating cause this and maybe low BP from salt loss?

I have pots and always had severe hyperhidrosis which has worsened. Eating as much sodium and potassium as i can but keep being low in them. Could sweating cause this and maybe low BP from salt loss?

Antidiuretic hormone: Low sodium is usually caused by anti-diuretic hormone excess either in response to intravascular depletion from diuretics or dehydration or primary ( to much production ). Also adrenal insufficiency and hypothyroidism may cause it. Primary polydipsia, meaning drinking to much water ( 1-2 gallons a day ) is a cause too. ...Read more

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I'm told i prob have adrenal fatigue, and high impact workouts are no-no's. What are some good low impact exercises to get me in shape safely?

I'm told i prob have adrenal fatigue, and high impact workouts are no-no's. What are some good low impact exercises to get me in shape safely?

NOT low-impact but:: With adrenal fatigue avoid aerobic exercise at first; if you feel tired the day after exercise you've overdone it. Do a "body sculpting" program of light calisthenics ; weight lifting, using very low resistance(small weights) ; many repetitions, involving the whole-body. This can be accomplished in exercise classes, with exercise machines, or with free weights. See http://bit.Ly/1ere6h for more. ...Read more

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Is adrenal fatigue pupil test always true?

Is adrenal fatigue pupil test always true?

worthless test: Even in complete adrenal failure (addisions disease) I am unaware of this sign. I would place no reliability on this sign. "adrenal fatigue" is a fake diagnosis, and this is a fake sign that tries to trick you into thinking you have something. Elsewhere on healthtap, there are many answers to the question of adrenal fatigue by many doctors. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid+adrenal fatigue be treated in parallel?How much time(avg) needed to recover from mild adrenal fatigue?Suggest some helpful exercise.

Can low thyroid+adrenal fatigue be treated in parallel?How much time(avg) needed to recover from mild adrenal fatigue?Suggest some helpful exercise.

Sure they can: How long to recover depends on how severe your issues are. The most important treatment principle in recovering from adrenal fatigue is to manage stress. Get enough sleep. Meditate and do yoga. Moderate exercise, and in fact, moderation in all things is the key to recovering from adrenal fatigue. Avoid sugar, alcohol and coffee. It may take 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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Which diet is best of for reactive hypoglycemia(caused by adrenal fatigue)...Low glycemic or complete avoidance of even slight amount of sugar?

Which diet is best of for reactive hypoglycemia(caused by adrenal fatigue)...Low glycemic or complete avoidance of even slight amount of sugar?

Check out these: Links.Take care! http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/reactive-hypoglycemia/an00934. http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/b_extranet_health_information-flexmember-show_public_hffy_1126666189633.html.

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Reactive hypoglycemia due to adrenal fatigue.On low-glycemic diet(day 2).Craving for sugar+salty foods.Is it normal?How long it takes 2 recover fully?

Reactive hypoglycemia due to adrenal fatigue.On low-glycemic diet(day 2).Craving for sugar+salty foods.Is it normal?How long it takes 2 recover fully?

complex problem: Adrenal fatique/insufficiency is rare, especially in your age group. Okay to ask your doc about adrenal replacement to help control these symptoms. Take friend/family with you to ask questions, understand your doc. Recovery will be related to replacement adrenal therapy. Be well. ...Read more

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Can adrenal fatigue cause low grade fever? Are progesterone and estrogen levels related to adrenalin and cortisol?

Can adrenal fatigue cause low grade fever? Are progesterone and estrogen levels related to adrenalin and cortisol?

Dubious diagnosis: "adrenal fatigue" is a pop diagnosis, not an evidence-based one. Since true addison[s isn't a febrile illness, this isn't either. I've wondered if the "subclinical addison's" claims might have something to them, but would urge you not to self-diagnose. The danger of self-diagnosis / treatment is missing another real emotional, situational or physical problem. Your doctor should work your temp up. ...Read more

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I have very high levels of DHEA (480) but borderline low cortisol (3.7). Endocrinologist says PCOS. I worry about adrenal fatigue. Should I worry?

I have very high levels of DHEA (480) but borderline low cortisol (3.7). Endocrinologist says PCOS. I worry about adrenal fatigue. Should I worry?

No: DHEA is not the correct measure. I'm assuming it's the DHEAS (adrenal form). would suggest evaluating for LOCAH (late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia). The evaluation should include the 3B OH enzyme in the ACTH stimulation test, therefore both the 17 OH Progesterone and the pregnenolone need to be measured. Also a repeat of the cortisol would maybe reveal a higher number. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Feeling light headed. Resting heart rate dropped to 47. Climbs to 70+ when active. Low iron and adrenal fatigue, Pre diabetic ?

Feeling light headed. Resting heart rate dropped to 47. Climbs to 70+ when active. Low iron and adrenal fatigue, Pre diabetic ?

Bradycardia: Firstly are you using any medication that could be reducing your heart rate like beta blockers? If not a resting a heart rate of 47 is quite low. Normal heart rate is between 60 to 100 but can be lower in very physically active people. Dizziness shows symptoms of the low heart rate and you need to be seen by your GP for basic investigations and ECG and referred to a cardiologist if needed. ...Read more

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I am have symptoms of low thyroid and adrenal fatigue.My total t3-66.1, cortisol-22.13, tsh&ft4-normal.Dr. Says no tx.Should i see an endo/2nd opinion?

I am have symptoms of low thyroid and adrenal fatigue.My total t3-66.1, cortisol-22.13, tsh&ft4-normal.Dr. Says no tx.Should i see an endo/2nd opinion?

Discuss with doctor: Agreed with dr. Lewy-weiss. You should talk to your current doctor about your concerns to hear the reason why he/she made the recommendation that he/she did. This person knows ur symptoms and history best to make this determination. In general, a mildly elevated cortisol is "transient" and most likely will be normal the next time it's checked. Don't jump to treatment without knowing the diagnosis. ...Read more

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5.7CC adrenal mass on U/S, CT scan normal. Hypertension (180/110), deranged aldosterone &renin, fatigue, dizziness, headaches. Do CT scans missthings?

5.7CC adrenal mass on U/S, CT scan normal. Hypertension (180/110), deranged aldosterone &renin, fatigue, dizziness, headaches. Do CT scans missthings?

No: Ultrasounds are dependent on the operator, and a skilled sonographer can provide information as good as a CT scan. A CT scan can be misread, but the information will be there. You just need a second opinion on the same CT, especially if it is of the Abdomen and done in adrenal protocol. What you are describing is a functioning adrenal tumor. As such, if confirmed by CT, needs surgical attention ...Read more

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Is adrenal fatigue treatable?

Is adrenal fatigue treatable?

Feed your adrenals : Cortisol - as are all corticosteroids is derived from cholesterol. Studies have shown that a high saurated fat, low polyunsaturated fat diet will increase corticosteroid levels. Also supplementation with pregnenolone will increase ability of your adrenals to make cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and other corticoids. Reduce all forms of stress. Get sleep and sunlight. ...Read more

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Dr. Jennie Law Dr. Law
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Is corn bread good to eat with adrenal fatigue?

Dr. Jennie Law Dr. Law
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Is corn bread good to eat with adrenal fatigue?

Unclear: Adrenal fatigue is not widely accepted to be a medical diagnosis by endocrinologists. If you meant 'adrenal insufficiency, ' then i'd say there usually is no recommended diet, so corn bread is neither good or bad. ...Read more

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Is there a way to self help for adrenal fatigue?

Is there a way to self help for adrenal fatigue?

Many ways: The medical profession recognizes addison's disease, an extreme form of low adrenal function. However, only 1 in 10-25, 000 people have severe enough adrenal problems to qualify for addison's, but many millions have lesser yet very significant degrees of poor adrenal function. See http://www.Adrenalfatigue.Org/ and the book adrenal fatigue by james wilson and see my comment:. ...Read more

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How can you diagnose adrenal fatigue/hypoadrenia?

How can you diagnose adrenal fatigue/hypoadrenia?

ACTH test: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, both of which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out and having trouble coping are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. Fatigue could be hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose adrenal fatigue / hypoadrenia?

How do you diagnose adrenal fatigue / hypoadrenia?

See a medical doctor: These terms are not true medical conditions, they are marketing terms used by 'alternative' medical practitioners, usually to convince you to purchase unnecessary medical tests and treatments which do little for you. Adrenal insufficiency is the correct medical term for underactive adrenals, and specific testing should be arranged by your doctor if that diagnosis is being considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Narina Baburyan
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Aldosterone (Definition)

Aldosterone is a steroid hormone (mineralocorticoid family) produced by the outer section (zona glomerulosa) of the adrenal cortex in the adrenal gland. It is involved in blood pressure regulation, potassium ...Read more