Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms resulting from the inability of the adrenal glands to keep up with the body’s demand for hormones. Adrenal fatigue is most commonly associated with periods of intense or prolonged stress—a condition all too common for busy adults in today’s society. It may also arise after an acute or chronic infection, particularly respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Adrenal fatigue or adrenal deficiency leaves its victims feeling a general sense of malaise and profound tiredness, even after waking from a full night of sleep. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to rely heavily on caffeine and high-carbohydrate snacks to get moving in the morning and to function throughout the day.
Although it’s not yet an accepted medical diagnosis, adrenal fatigue is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency, usually caused by chronic stress. When under stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone, to give the body the energy it needs to respond to the stressful situation. This is an involuntary reaction to stress, often referred to as the “fight or flight” response.
The external stresses experienced by adrenal deficiency sufferers are simply too much for the body to keep up with. Cortisol is not produced quickly and efficiently enough to fuel the “fight or flight” response. This leaves the victim suffering adrenal deficiency symptoms including:
- Persistent lack of energy
- Body aches
- Low blood pressure
- Unexplained weight loss
- General feeling of malaise
- Hair loss
Chronic Adrenal Deficiency Symptoms
In addition to fatigue, there are eight official symptoms that are associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. These adrenal exhaustion symptoms include:
- Loss of memory or difficulty concentrating
- Waking from sleep unrefreshed
- Severe exhaustion lasting longer than 24 hours after physical or mental exertion
- New or unusual headaches
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits or neck
- Pain that moves from one joint to another, without visible swelling or redness
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
By initiating a program of proper diet and exercise, nutritional supplementation with vitamins and omega three fatty acids and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the majority of women will experience a dramatic improvement of adrenal fatigue symptoms, resulting in a better sleep pattern, greater energy and improved feelings of self-worth. Sexual interest is rekindled and feelings of depression and anxiety become a thing of the past.
In some cases, however, despite total compliance with dietary and exercise regimens and optimized hormone replacement, adrenal deficiency symptoms continue. Under these circumstances, our Connecticut doctors recommend an adrenal and neurotransmitter evaluation. This is done using saliva testing which has proven to be an extraordinarily accurate means of evaluating the 24-hour cortisol production cycle. Testing is done through Genova® and Neuroscience Laboratories®, the premier facility for adrenal fatigue evaluation.
Cortisol and other neurotransmitter deficiencies can be pinpointed and successfully addressed with the specific amount of supplements designed to raise the levels of cortisol and other neurotransmitter proteins to alleviate your symptoms.
As with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, all of our treatments are substantiated in published medical studies. We only use evidence based medicine that has been proven to be effective and presented in respected peer-reviewed journals. No treatment is based upon anecdotal experience or patient testimonials.
We would encourage you to call the office for additional information and schedule a consultation. Call Dr. Jacobson today at 203 869-8354.