If you are constantly feeling run down, tired, and have difficulty getting out of bed relying heavily on coffee and other energy enhancing supplements to get you through the day you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue (also known as adrenal dysfunction). Characterized by low energy, high stress, irritability, and chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue is one of the most widespread and commonly misdiagnosed conditions that affects at least 2/3rds of the population today.
While the symptoms of adrenal fatigue make life difficult for anyone, menopausal women often experience more severe symptoms. Women approaching or going through menopause already experience difficulty sleeping due to hot flashes and general restlessness and are more prone to irritability and depression. Adrenal fatigue can compound these symptoms and exacerbate them to the point of extreme fatigue and deep depression making it difficult for them to stay out of bed for more than a couple hours.
Adrenal fatigue can also negatively affect your immune system, making it seem as if you catch every cold or flu that goes around. The hormonal imbalance of your adrenal glands can interfere with your immune system and therefore increase your susceptibility to infection. This decreases your body’s ability to defend itself properly so stress can literally make you sick.
If our medical practitioners suspect that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, we can run saliva tests to determine your cortisol levels at different points throughout the day. In a healthy woman cortisol levels are naturally highest during the day. However, if your adrenal glands are fatigued you may have lower levels in the morning and higher levels at night. Many women choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy to supplement the lower levels of hormones produced by the fatigued adrenal glands and symptoms typically reside quite rapidly.
Call to schedule your free consultation to learn more about adrenal fatigue and other hormonal imbalances. Our medical staff is specially trained to look deeper into your health and to diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue and other hormonal imbalances. The practitioner will then interpret the tests and meet with you to discuss and plan your course of treatment.