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What is adrenal fatigue?

What is adrenal fatigue?

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

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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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What causes adrenal fatigue? Is it when the body has had too many anxiety attacks and stress over time?

What causes adrenal fatigue? Is it when the body has had too many anxiety attacks and stress over time?

Not a medical problm: "Adrenal fatigue" is a non medical term used by holistic doctors to describe a set of common symptoms that many people have who are depressed, anxious, stressed, etc. People who are told of having this usually do not have any problem with their adrenal gland function, despite whatever non approved tests are done (typically a cortisol saliva test) that is described as "abnormal" ...Read more

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What will help adrenal fatigue? My total cortisol is 3.4 mcg/dl and it was advised that it should be in the 10 range. Can't sleep. Help.

What will help adrenal fatigue? My total cortisol is 3.4 mcg/dl and it was advised that it should be in the 10 range. Can't sleep. Help.

Very smart question: The question is a very sophisticated one. Indeed, those of us who are chronically stressed-out / "wired-but-tired" can easily develop adrenal fatigue, accompanied by low dhea & "dysregulated" cortisol production. Adopt a natural whole-foods diet, avoid junk food, reduce grains, add veggies, dhea, 2-5 grams of vit c, vitamin b-complex, fish oil, licorice root extract, kelp, & melatonin for sleep. ...Read more

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What to do for adrenal fatigue?

What to do for adrenal fatigue?

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

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What are symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

What are symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

See below: Adrenal fatigue is not a medically recongized entitiy. It serves as a catch-all term for nonmedical practitioners. ...Read more

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What is your advice on what to do for adrenal fatigue?

What is your advice on what to do for adrenal fatigue?

See endocrinologist: "adrenal fatigue" is often a fake diagnosis. The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, which are stress hormones. People who are stressed 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, and not by symptoms alone or measuring just one blood or saliva level. See an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of adrenal fatigue and what is treatment?

Fatigue/ Body Aches: Very debatable condition. Mainstream medicine recognizes adrenal failure, but debates that varying degrees of adrenal fatigue exist as those in cam suggest. Cam suggest that chronic stress causes varying degree of adrenal dysfunction. They suggest a hypothyroid patient that gets worse with thyroid treatment may indicate adrenal problem. No approved treatment. Cam suggests neutraceutical support. ...Read more

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What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia?

What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia?

Glandular function: An adrenal fatigue phenomenon, if one speculated & conferred it authenticity, would suppose ennui due to hormone deficits. Fatigue associated w. fibromyalgia seems to result from non- restorative sleep; probably secondary to arousal by pain evoked by sleep surface forces conjoined w. effects of gravity on body mass; causing mechanical forces to be focused on pain-generating spastic soft tissues. ...Read more

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What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and CFS?

What is the difference between adrenal fatigue and CFS?

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

Dr. Michael Rothman
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Lethargy (Definition)

Lack of energy, ...Read more