Some people are blaming an array of symptoms appearing together for what is termed (although not a medical diagnosis) Adrenal Fatigue. The main symptom being, you guessed it, fatigue.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is the term given to an array of symptoms apparently caused by the draining of the Adrenal Glands due to mental, physical or emotional stress. The Adrenal Glands are small and are located on top of each kidney. The role of these glands is to release many different hormones that are critical for life including the sex hormones and cortisol.
There is no scientific evidence to support the Adrenal Fatigue theory, there is however an actual medical disease called Adrenal Insufficiency which has similar symptoms which can be diagnosed through a blood test.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- Body aches
- Unexplained weight loss
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of body hair
- Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation)
These symptoms can point to many different medical conditions so it is important that you see your Dr for a through check-up. Alternative causes could be depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep apnoea, anxiety, adrenal insufficiency and other medical issues.
If you have been to the Dr and there is no medical disease present they may term your condition Adrenal and they will advise you to get more sleep, exercise, eat healthier and possibly see a therapist for stress management. These treatment options should help your symptoms to disappear overtime and have you feeling back to your old happy, lively self in no time.
- Adrenal Fatigue is not a medical diagnosis
- There is a medical condition known as Adrenal Insufficiency
- Many lifestyle factors and medical issues can lead to these symptoms so your best bet is to see your Dr.