Adrenal Fatigue is a term that denotes an array of symptoms that often develop when adrenal glands are not functioning properly. Adrenal fatigue cannot be defined by any single easily identifiable symptom but rather an identifiable set of symptoms – also referred to as a syndrome – that can severely impact your quality of life.
When a person with no signs of obvious physical or mental illness is functioning at a level below what they were able to achieve previously – often characterized by long periods of low energy and fatigue – Adrenal Fatigue is one of the conditions that is often at the root of these symptoms.
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Your adrenal glands release essential hormones that are essential to a wide range of bodily functions. Adrenal hormones include adrenaline and steroid hormones like cortisol and aldosterone. Adrenals also produce precursors that are converted to sex steroids such as estrogen and androgen. Adrenal Fatigue is the condition that results from the malfunction or reduced function of your adrenal glands.
The medical diagnosis of "adrenal insufficiency" refers to insufficient production of one or more of these hormones, which can result from a variety of causes, like surgery or underlying diseases. Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by stimulation tests and blood tests that measure levels of adrenal hormones. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency range from unexplained weight loss, low blood pressure and hair loss, to fatigue, hyperpigmentation and low blood pressure.
However, symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue will not always mirror Adrenal Insufficiency, and even if tests show that your adrenal hormone levels are normal, you may still be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.
Your adrenal glands release hormones your body uses to cope with stressful situations, controlling everything from heartrate and muscle response to energy production and metabolic function. Adrenal fatigue can occur when the adrenal glands have been overworked to the point they malfunction or no longer secrete levels of hormones required for proper function.
Emotional, physical and social stressors – especially ones that persist over an extended period of time - all can lead to adrenal dysfunction. When the adrenal glands function below the level needed to manage the stress – whatever the cause - adrenal fatigue occurs. Adrenal fatigue can be caused by a major occurrence or by repeated lower stress levels.
Adrenal fatigue can impact anyone – regardless of their general health condition. Any severe injury, life crisis or continuing low or medium level stress situations can lead to Adrenal Fatigue; however, there are some lifestyle factors that increase the chances of developing this condition. Substance abuse or even certain prescription medications, improper diet, insufficient relaxation and sleep, chronic illness or prolonged exposure to major stressors – even the stress of pregnancy - are all examples of factors that can lead to Adrenal Fatigue.
Adrenal Fatigue can occur at any age in either gender, but most adrenal conditions, including Adrenal Fatigue, occur most commonly in women.
The adrenal glands are essential for proper functioning in a myriad of bodily processes, so a wide range of symptoms could signal Adrenal Fatigue:
A complete medical history, a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, and tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptom profiles, all are tools that can be used to properly diagnose Adrenal Fatigue.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue, our goal is to uncover the source of your symptoms, so that we can effectively diagnose and treat your condition. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we understand that the right adrenal hormone level testing is critical. Adrenal testing including morning cortisol, DHEA, ACTH, and aldosterone, are all useful in diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue.
The underlying cause of the adrenal dysfunction must be addressed and corrected, so the course of treatment will vary with each individual patient. Primary treatment tools that cannot be overlooked include:
If you are struggling with Adrenal Fatigue, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of adrenal dysfunction is critical. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we offer the most up-to-date testing and treatment for Adrenal Fatigue so you reach healing and recovery from your Adrenal Fatigue symptoms.
We recommend that you prepare a list of symptoms prior to your first consultation.
Dr. David Borenstein is a top functional medicine practitioner in Florida who treats patients suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. Because he recognizes that each patient requires a treatment regimen tailored to the individual health profile and specific symptoms, his approach is customized for you and your body. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating complex health conditions.
*Please note that we’re also accepting patients who have had COVID-19 and are experiencing post-infection fatigue.
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