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Is Adrenal Fatigue Real
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
Fatigue: Fatigue is real. There's no denying your symptoms. But if the ACTH stimulation test is normal, then your adrenals are functioning normally. Some people get convinced that their symptoms "must be from my hormones", and some practitioners unnecessarily treat with hormones. This distracts from trying to figure out the real problem. ...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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adrenal fatigue: 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 -- fatigue is a symptom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does not exist : Despite the popular belief that it does, helped by numerous self-help books and websites, there is no disease entity called "adrenal fatigue". The Endocrine Society has a statement on it and the Hormone Foundation has information at www.hormone.org. Adrenal insufficiency is a real disorder and can be life threatening if not treated. In the US, it is most commonly autoimmune in nature. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No test: Adrenal fatigue is not considered a medical problem by physicians because there is no test to prove the diagnosis. It's all from symptoms. Adrenal insufficiency is the recongnized disease and can be diagnosed through blood/urine test (acth stimulatory test). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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