Authored by Ceetee Sheckels in Diseases
Published on 11-21-2009
One of the most prominent symptoms of adrenal fatigue is that when your adrenal glands are worn down and worn out, so are you. This is not to make light of a very difficult condition. Instead, it is to let you know that if you have been experiencing such an extreme sense of body-weariness that you find it hard to wake up in the morning, and that you do not have the energy to get through a day, adrenal fatigue may be responsible. When your adrenal glands are no longer working properly, severe body fatigue and loss of energy is one of the most easy-to-recognize symptoms.
Your adrenal glands have much to do with your entire system operating correctly. When they are not producing the correct amount of cortisol, numerous complications can result, from blood sugar disturbances to a weakened immune system to impaired mental functioning. This is why symptoms of adrenal fatigue should not be dismissed, but brought to the attention of your physician.
There are other symptoms of adrenal fatigue, in addition to the tiredness and exhaustion which cannot be overcome with rest and sleep. The person who is otherwise mentally healthy may begin to experience a sense of fogginess, forgetfulness, anxiety or depression, and impaired concentration. In severe cases of adrenal fatigue, these symptoms coupled with the physical exhaustion can lead the person to feel overwhelmed by everyday life and his or her daily routine. He or she may reach the point of not being able to function properly.
Physical symptoms of adrenal fatigue include menstrual abnormalities, digestive difficulties, shaking, noticeable palpitations of the heart; and the physical symptoms of hypoglycemia and low blood pressure, which include dizziness and a lightheaded sensation. If blood sugar and blood pressure disturbances have occurred, it is necessary for them to be recognized and treated.
There are two additional problems associated with adrenal fatigue. One problem is that many in the medical community still do not recognize it as a legitimate medical condition. The other problem is that all of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are common in other conditions. The physician who is not adequately informed about adrenal fatigue may attribute the symptoms to one or a number of other conditions which the patient does not actually have. Obviously, this can make treatment for adrenal fatigue unnecessarily complicated.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you should bring it to the attention of your physician. While tests for this condition are not always conclusive, it can help in eliminating other possible conditions. If the symptoms are indeed due to adrenal fatigue, some basic lifestyle changes are usually all it takes to relieve the problem. One of the most important factors in treating adrenal fatigue is reducing the amount of stress in one’s life. Your doctor may also advise a moderate exercise routine, and changes to your daily diet. Adrenal fatigue does not need to continue to take a toll on your life. With proper treatment, you can begin to enjoy living your life again.