Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

My nick name is zombie girl because that’s how I always described it to everyone.  I would have a hard time waking up in the morning.  I would sleep in my car during my lunch break at work.  I would come home and basically not be able to move off the couch until it was time to go to bed. I started to notice all of these different symptoms, but it was really after the car accident that everything just kind of hit me.  (Now, I feel) a thousand times better.

                                                                           -Ryanne S.

Stressed out? Always tired? You Might Have Adrenal Fatigue.
Are you exhausted? Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and down a cup of coffee just to get up and going? Do you fight fatigue throughout the day? Does the slightest bit of stress send you over the edge? Do you suffer from muscle and/or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, or low blood sugar or blood pressure? Have you been told that you have chronic fatigue syndrome?

Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that Americans face today. Unfortunately, most are unaware that this could be the cause of their symptoms because their doctor never brought it up as a possibility. Like hypothyroidism, it is a common condition that is overlooked by traditional medicine, and many doctors deny that adrenal fatigue is even a real condition, however we know better.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. In short, you are wearing your adrenal glands out, so you feel increasingly fatigued, stressed, anxious, and many other health conditions may occur as a result.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  • Severe fatigue – the number one symptom of adrenal fatigue
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty “bouncing back” from stress
  • Recurrent infections
  • Allergies and/or asthma
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility
  • Low libido
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Cold and heat intolerance
  • Depression
  • Headaches

With adrenal fatigue, you are likely to be more vulnerable to infections and to heal more slowly than those with healthy adrenal glands.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Chronic, unrelenting stress, whether physical or psychological or both, eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. It can also occur after acute or chronic infections such as the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. In today’s fast-paced world, the stress that many people experience on a daily, ongoing basis is a contributing factor. Stressors may include noise, pollution, traffic, inclement weather, injuries, illnesses, emotional conflicts, deadlines and inadequate sleep.

Our Approach to Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, adrenal fatigue treatment is facilitated using physiologic, subreplacement doses of bioidentical cortisol to supplement your adrenal glands. When your adrenal glands become exhausted, your natural cortisol levels drop significantly. Cortisol is your naturally occurring stress hormone. Without it, you literally could not survive. Physiological levels of cortisol are essential for good health as it bolsters your immune system, increasing your resistance to infections and inflammation. Cortisol is also important in promoting the assimilation of both thyroid and sex hormones by the cells of your body.

In addition to bioidentical cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), another hormone produced by the adrenal glands is also an important part of our approach to adrenal fatigue treatment. Levels of DHEA peak in young adulthood and then begin to decline. When blood levels are low, supplemental DHEA often enhances energy, immunity, and libido.

Our Doctors on Adrenal Fatigue
Click here to watch a video about what our doctors have to say about adrenal fatigue.

Protect Your Health
Chronic stress can take a severe toll on your health. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we differentiate ourselves by emphasizing the importance of properly diagnosing and treating this common but often misdiagnosed problem: adrenal fatigue. Are you ready to get control of your stress and get your energy back? Call 877-698-8698 or click here to speak with a wellness consultant today!

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