Defined as a collection of body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems, adrenal fatigue is often mentioned in holistic approaches but it isn’t accepted as a diagnoses by many in traditional medicine. At Mandala Integrative Medicine of Davenport, Iowa, we recognize that adrenal fatigue is a very real problem, affecting people from every walk of life.
People suffering with adrenal fatigue are sometimes said to have Addison’s disease, which refers to an inadequate production of hormones, such as cortisol, resulting in lowering level of norepinephrine and adrenaline. These lowered levels can cause low blood pressure, can increase stress and affect sleeping and eating habits. People with adrenal fatigue are often diagnosed with other related issues such as diabetes, arthritis, anemia, and heart trouble.
Additional Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
There are many symptoms which can indicate adrenal fatigue. These have been broken into two groups- those that seem to affect all adrenal fatigue sufferers and then those that are less common.
Common Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms include:
- Difficulty getting up in the morning, regardless of how many hours of sleep you may have gotten
- High levels of fatigue during the day
- Inability to handle stress
- Cravings for salty foods
- High energy levels in the evening
- A weakened immune system
Other Symptoms of adrenal fatigue –especially for those who have gone undiagnosed, or have had adrenal apathy for some time, include:
- Asthma, allergies or respiratory complaints
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Dry skin
- Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise
- Frequent urination
- Joint pain
- Lines in your fingertips
- Loss of muscle tone
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Low sex drive
- Lower back pain
- Numbness in your fingers / Poor circulation
- Weight gain
What Should You Do If You Suspect You Have Adrenal Apathy?
If you find yourself more fatigued than usual – especially when you have gotten what should have been sufficient sleep – then you need to talk to specialist at Mandala Integrative Medicine. We can run some checks and will listen to your concerns and then find ways to help you overcome the challenges created by living with adrenal fatigue.
Prior to your visit to the Mandala Integrative Medicine clinic, you may wish to journal as many changes to your schedule, diet or lifestyle as you can as this can help us get a better picture. Be sure to note aspects such as how much sleep you are getting, exercise routines and any unusual aches or pains, as the more information we have the better. Quite often, adrenal fatigue is diagnosed by specific blood test and stimulation tests, which are designed to show the levels of those hormones affected by adrenal disease.
It is vital that you receive the proper diagnosis for adrenal fatigue as other issues such as depression or fibromyalgia can sometimes have similar symptoms. Adrenal fatigue or Adrenal Apathy is a real problem and one that should not be ignored. Don’t spend day after day feeling tired, stressed and fighting to avoid the latest virus circulating around the office. Schedule an appointment today with Mandala Integrative Medicine of Davenport, Iowa and get answers now.