Adrenal fatigue is not a medical diagnosis per se, but a variety of symptoms indicating adrenal insufficiency. People suffering from adrenal fatigue may actually receive adequate sleep, but are constantly tired. Do you need to drink coffee or consume other forms of caffeine all day to stay awake?
Adrenal fatigue often strikes most powerfully in the morning, and you may need significant caffeination just to get out the door. If your life has been stressful for long periods, your risk of adrenal fatigue rises.
Fortunately, adrenal insufficiency is easily diagnosed via blood, saliva or urine tests. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore normal hormone levels, allowing you to regain restorative sleep and take you off the constant caffeine cycle.
The Adrenal Glands
Your adrenal glands sit above your kidneys. These vital parts of your endocrine system secrete various hormones. Among the most crucial are aldosterone, which helps maintain the balance of water and salt in the body – and cortisol, which regulates blood pressure and aids in stress response. When these hormones are out of whack, symptoms appear throughout the body.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
One of adrenal fatigue’s primary symptoms is actual fatigue. Other symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Body aches
- Body hair loss
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Loss of libido
- Low blood pressure
- Salty food craving
- Skin discoloration/darkening
- Unexplained weight loss
If you formerly recovered from the common cold and other minor illnesses rather quickly, but these ailments now tend to drag on, you could suffer from adrenal fatigue. If you are always battling some type of physical issue and never feel 100 percent well, adrenal fatigue is a possible culprit.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Adrenal Fatigue
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, along with dietary and lifestyle changes, can eliminate adrenal fatigue and grant you wellness once more. Bioidentical hormones – derived from plant extracts – are molecularly the same as those produced by your own body, hence the term “bioidentical.”
People with low levels of DHEA may suffer from adrenal fatigue. While DHEA is available over-the-counter, no one should try to dose themselves with this hormone.
The quality of over-the-counter DHEA also varies tremendously. A doctor will constantly monitor DHEA levels to make sure the appropriate amount is prescribed, and change the prescription if necessary.
Women with adrenal fatigue may benefit from bioidentical estrogen and progesterone replacement therapy. Again, regular testing determines the correct amount of hormone for each patient.
Contact Dr. Jacobson Today
If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue or another hormonally-related issue, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today to arrange a consultation.