Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Many people today find they are worn out and exhausted all the time in their busy lifestyles. Their body and mind is always in the 'fight or flight' mode. This means we are forever on the alert waiting for the next thing to happen. As a result, we find we cannot relax. If we cannot relax, we cannot sleep; either it is difficult to get to sleep or we wake during the night and stay awake for a few hours. Many people with Adrenal fatigue wake between 2 and 4am.
The result of this is that we get more and more tired and then we get more and more 'wired up', in a higher and higher state of alertness which causes even more tiredness. This can result in the adrenal glands being unable to produce enough cortisol to keep this state going.
As a result we start to become more and more tired. Some people are so tired and worn out that they can no longer work or do their normal day's activities. The worst of these are bed-bound.
Western doctors test the adrenals with a 24 hour urine test. The urine must be collected for the whole day, all put in together and then tested. This gives an overall result for 24 hours. Adrenal hormones change through the day. The highest secretion should be in the morning. This gives us the 'get up and go' feeling in the morning. People with Adrenal Fatigue often have low hormone secretion in the mornings and high levels in the evenings. This means that they cannot get going in the morning and are rearing and ready to go at night. This might suit shift workers, but not the rest of the population.
Naturopathic doctors tend to test the adrenals with a saliva test. The saliva is tested at different times of the day so that they can see what your adrenals are doing throughout the 24 hours. This gives a better picture.
Our adrenal glands sit on top of our kidneys and are connected to them. We have two kidneys and two adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are closely connected to the thyroid gland. So if you have a problem with your thyroid gland you may have a problem with your adrenal glands as well.
Norepinephrine is secreted by the adrenal glands and the brain in response to stress. Too much of this results in problems focusing, increased anxiety and an inability to tune out distractions. Other major hormones produces are cortisol, epinephrine and adrenalin.These all need to be in balance, along with the thyroid gland for a balanced life.
What Can I do To Calm Down?
These methods are recommended by Terry Wahls MD.
Some supplements that may help are
Also increase salt intake and water.
Where to Get Friendly Help and a Kind Ear
Facebook have some great groups. Among them is the one describes below. It was started for people from Australia but now has members from around the world.
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Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue can be a debilitating illness. The problem is the medical profession for years did not even believe it was an illness because they could not prove the patient had anything wrong with them from their tests. This put the onus back on the patient to find some relief for themselves. They turned to the Alternative health professionals who would at least listen to them. Read more...
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