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Herb Adrenal Exhaustion
Many can help: 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 dr. James wilson. See my comments for more information. ...Read more
No such thing: Hi. That is a ridiculous, anti-scientific self diagnosis with absolutely NO validity. Take any herbs you want as long as they do no harm...you're treating nothing with nothing, and the snake oil salesperson who sold that BS to you is laughing all the way to the bank! That nonsense is for the worried well who obsess about nonexistent health concerns. Good luck! ...Read more
Be careful: If a fringe practitioner has told you that you have "adrenal exhaustion" (this is now a fad diagnosis based on saliva testing which is actually just a screen), get with an evidence-based practitioner before accepting the diagnosis. Your fatigue may have a physical or emotional cause instead. ...Read more
Adrenal fatigue?: Never heard of this term. Can you please be more specific. ...Read more
Please tell me what you know of the herb Ashwagandha? Is it helpful for adrenal fatigue? I have noticed improvements, placebo or real?
Adaptogenic herb: Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb that normalizes cortisol. I use it in my practice and have great results. ...Read more
I am having a hormonal imbalance or adrenal fatigue w/major insomnia. What will help me sleep. Open to herbs. Seen several md's without much luck.?
Adrenal exhaustion: The adrenals don't get exhausted. They either don't work (=Addison's disease) or they work. If your son has fatigue, or other sx, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my son has all the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. What can he take for it to help him feel better?
Symptoms in medicine: Hi. "Adrenal fatigue" is not a real entity - no such thing. Here's a very well time tested and proven philosophy of medicine: there is no symptom specific to any single disease, and no disease specific to any single symptom. Whatever symptoms your son has may be due to a disease, or associated with no disease. But at least stick to the realm of real conditions. Good luck to him! ...Read more
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
I'm just wondering, if you have adrenal exhaustion from coffee, will stopping drinking it rectify the problem?
No: Adrenal fatigue is a real problem and there is a large population of patients who have this problem. Caffeine stopping may help but caffeine is not the main problem. We are exposed to chronic stresses & poor nutrition which results in excess cortisol production from adrenal glands which eventually get "tired" and cannot produce adequate cortisol resulting in symptoms. ...Read more
Husband has foculsegmental glomularsclerosis & is exhausted. No probs adrenal glands, what else could it be that causes exhaustion?
Exhaustion: Profound fatigue can accompany renal disease, use of corticosteroids, depression, anemia, overwork, and numerous other factors. Discuss this with his doctor and see what is going on since have no access to his records and cannot examine him. Hope he perks up soon. Good luck. ...Read more
Underperformance: This is not a medical term. I think you are probably talking about adrenal insufficiency. This basically means that the adrenal gland is not producing enough of the hormones and chemicals that it should. Reasons include severe life-threatening stress, hemorrhage into the glands, withdrawal from taking other steroids, or tumor infiltration. Fortunately the adrenal hormones can be replaced. ...Read more
FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /CORTISOL /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. While work up is under way. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science. Com TSH is elevated in HYPOTHYROIDISM. CORTISOL IS LOW IN ADRENAL DEFICIENCY. ...Read more
See endocrinologist: 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, not by simply measuring a random blood/saliva level. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more
Adrenal fatigue often leads to chronic fatigue syndrome, so it is very important to treat it. The most important treatment is lifestyle.
Specifically, avoid overuse of stimulants since that puts more strain on the adrenals, increase your vitamin C, decrease your stress level, avoid overexercising, go to bed at a consistent time, maintain steady blood sugar, and consider using adaptogens. ...Read more
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
Formal testing: Only by performing formal dynamic adrenal stimulation (so called acth stimulation test) that a full assessment of the adrenal-pituitary axis be assessed and be determined if cortisol (or its equivalent) supplementation is needed. The is no medical literature to date to support the notion that use of adrenal "by product" remedies (available over the counter with no prescription) are helpful. ...Read more
absolutely!: It's one of the primary symptoms.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not a disease: "Adrenal fatigue" is not a true medical disorder. It is a "diagnosis" made by alternative doctors for people with nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, dizziness, difficulty concentrating. Salivary cortisol levels are typically done, but the results have no medically validity. "Adrenal insufficiency" is a rare medical disorder that should only be diagnosed by an endocrinologist ...Read more
Many possibilities.: There are innumerable medical, nutritional and emotional conditions that include being tired as a symptom. These range from simple issues to those far more complex. A good checkup and blood testing would be a good starting point. If you're embarking on a regimen for adrenal fatigue, just make sure the diagnosis is accurate and the work up is complete. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: The recommended treatments are: stop smoking, stop alcohol & drugs, start an exercise program, eat healthy foods, follow daily routine for sleeping and waking. Keep in mind the endocrine society and the hormone foundation do not recognize adrenal fatigue as a medical condition because there is current no biochemical test to prove/confirm this diagnosis. Adrenal insufficiency is recognized, however. ...Read more
Adrenal fatigue: This term has been pushed by "wellness" doctors. Mainstream endocrinologists know that adrenal insufficiency is rare. The way to tell is to measure hormone levels. Early am cortisol is low and acth is high. Plasma renin is elevated. Adrenal antibodies can also be measured. ...Read more
Exercising + Adrenal:
Walking in nature or other meditative exercises help to decrease the body's stress response and call for cortisol.
If a person has "adrenal fatigue", they have poor exercise recovery from extreme exertion, and that can delay healing.
I always recommend avoid over-training if a person has impaired recovery from exercise or a suspicion of adrenal fatigue. ...Read more