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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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Can hypothyroidism cause adrenal fatigue?

Can hypothyroidism cause adrenal fatigue?

NotProvenMedicalCond: AdrenalFatigue is not a proven medical condition . YourAdrenalGland makesHormonesOne of these hormones isCortisol which helps your body to deal with stressAccording to the theory put up by the alternative medicine specialists that when your life is full of stress adrenal gland may not make enough cortisol which may lead to variety symptoms. There is no scientific evidence HypothyroidismDoesNOT ...Read more

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Adrenal fatigue, hypoadrenia, adrenal glands. Can i rebuild my adrenals?

Adrenal fatigue, hypoadrenia, adrenal glands. Can i rebuild my adrenals?

Yes: Should there be loss of adrenocortical function, steroid replacement is advocated to rebuild the normal stamina. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause lightheadedness and fatigue?

Can adrenal insufficiency cause lightheadedness and fatigue?

Yes: However, there are many other causes of these symptoms so you would need testing to find out if it is your adrenals. 'adrenal fatigue' is not generally recognized by mainstream medicine and, i believe, is a real condition that unlike addison's disease, is not life threatening but can cause symptoms that can be very distressing. You would need to see an integrative or naturopathic physician. ...Read more

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What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...

What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...

See endocrinologist: Dhea isn't a hormone we typically measure at random because it isn't as reliable as the longer 1/2 life of dheas. Likewise, we usually don't measure total estrogen as it isn't helpful. Dhea is most reliable when compared before and after IV acth during stim testing around other hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can't be identified with a random dhea. ...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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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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Do women with addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency also suffer from low estrogen ?

Do women with addison's disease/adrenal insufficiency also suffer from low estrogen ?

Not necessarily : If you are a post menopausal female your adrenal glands are providing your only source of estrogen. So if you have low adrenal function you could most certainly have low estrogen. However, you may also then have other low hormone levels like Progesterone and testosterone. The truth is most women do not suffer from low estrogen, you need very little but they frequently suffer from low progesterone. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for adrenal insufficiency and or adrenal fatigue?

What are the treatments for adrenal insufficiency and or adrenal fatigue?

Life Style Change: Treat deficiencies: often vit d3, vit c with bioflavanoids, high quality b vitamins with methyl folate (folic acid) and methyl cobalamine, magnesium, iron, and zinc (all require taurine or good stomach acid). Kill yeast which steroids foster. Move through the day in ways to improve blood flow to brain. Adaptogens help like rhodiala rosea and ashwaganda. Adrenal fatigue is stress induced in most cases. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism and chronic stress/anxiety. Does low cortisol cause hypothyroidism?

No: Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands whereas hypothyroidism refers to low levels of thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland. Having one does not cause the other. Chronic stress and anxiety also do not cause these disorders. Low cortisol (adrenal insufficiency) is a rare disorder, typically autoimmune related, and must be diagnosed correctly, not simply by a low cortisol level. ...Read more

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Could long-term cortisone-use cause adrenal exhaustion?

Could long-term cortisone-use cause adrenal exhaustion?

Exhaustion: The simple answer is yes. Why have you been taking cortisone long-term? Were you ill at the beginning and feel much better over time? The adrenal is probably not working well enough such that you must continue with cortisone. If you have not seen an endocrinologist about this you should do so sometime soon. ...Read more

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Can brain fog, taccycardia, lightheadedness, weight loss, weakness and fatigue point to adrenal or pituitary problems?

Can brain fog, taccycardia, lightheadedness, weight loss, weakness and fatigue point to adrenal or pituitary problems?

Unlikely, but: There is no way over the internet to do diagnoses. Check w/your doctor. It should be easy to test for and resolve your questions. ...Read more

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Can adrenal fatigue cause constant lightheadedness?

Can adrenal fatigue cause constant lightheadedness?

It can but: In your age group, it is more likely to be anemia, low blood pressure, or low blood sugar. Try eating more often, avoiding sweets which can make your sugar drop. Try to drink enough fluids to keep your urine a pale yellow color (if its clear, that's too dilute, drink less) and try to get more protein in your diet. If not better with that in a week or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What hormone imbalances can cause excessive face/head sweating? I have underactive thyroid, kidney disease, & low cortisol levels. Can these diseases?

What hormone imbalances can cause excessive face/head sweating? I have underactive thyroid, kidney disease, & low cortisol levels. Can these diseases?

Any of them: Sweating from overactie thyroid. It could also be from hormonal changes with estrogen or testosterone, and with kidney disease you could have an imbalance of those. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause terrible lightheaded spells w/ fogginess? If so, which condition? I'm having acth stim test.

Can adrenal insufficiency cause terrible lightheaded spells w/ fogginess? If so, which condition? I'm having acth stim test.

Yes indeed: There are other, more common causes, especially if the picture does not otherwise suggest addisonism. I agree with the decision to have an acth stimulation test as part of your workup, though there are many other causes. I trust cerebrovascular disease has also been considered. ...Read more

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Can low serotonin cause anhedonia, chronic tiredness, and excess sleep?

Can low serotonin cause anhedonia, chronic tiredness, and excess sleep?

Yes: In some people , artificially reducing brain serotonin will induce a depression episode which can have all of the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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