Have you ever felt like you were in a slump that you just couldn’t get out of? Where you were overly fatigued and stress continually kept piling on, but your usual methods for turning things around weren’t cutting it?
I’m sure that’s a relatable experience for many people, but its something that you might not think to reach out to your doctor to discuss.
When you’re experiencing these feelings, a question that probably doesn’t cross your mind is, “are my adrenals fatigued?” But sometimes that just might be the case.
So, let’s take some time to go over the effects of the adrenal fatigue complex, and help you better understand how this could be affecting you.
Why Should I Learn About Adrenal Glands?
The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney. They produce hormones such as adrenaline which help your body respond to stress, but also assist in regulating your metabolism, immune system, and blood pressure. It’s easy to see why these glands are so important in our day to day lives.
When the adrenal glands don’t regularly produce all of the hormones your body needs, it can lead to an adrenal insufficiency called Addison’s disease. Now, this is a very rare disease that only 40 to 60 people per million are diagnosed with worldwide. So that’s not what we’ll be focusing on today. We’re looking at general adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is something everyone can experience. It occurs when your body’s adrenal glands get overworked and can no longer deliver the hormones that are so vital to our ability to function.
There are many ways it can affect you, so let’s discuss what happens when your adrenal glands aren’t working at full capacity.
Never Ending Stress
No one is a stranger to stress. It's something that everyone deals with, and can be caused by any number of factors throughout our lives. But when it feels endless and you’re having trouble handling that stress, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue.
You might notice this in any number of ways. For instance, when my patients express that their ability to deal with stressful situations has declined, or that they feel less productive at work and are experiencing a mental fogginess, I begin to suspect adrenal fatigue.
When adrenal fatigue causes things like brain fog, it can be harder for you to problem-solve or can cause you to feel confused or overwhelmed while trying to make decisions under pressure. This mental state can expand into an experience of unexplained fears and mounting anxiety which can result in your body experiencing actual physical distress.
Physical Effects of Adrenal Fatigue
Something I hear a lot from my patients who suspect adrenal fatigue is that they’re not only experiencing high amounts of anxiety more frequently, but the anxiety is causing them to have an upset stomach or extreme feeling of indigestion any time they feel nervous.
Many patients also describe having bouts of dizziness or getting lightheaded when they stand up quickly. A few have mentioned that what they experience is more severe than that and are worried that it will cause them to blackout and need to lie down. This can easily be caused by adrenal fatigue. The adrenal gland plays a role in regulating your blood pressure, and if it gets too low you will get dizzy.
There are additionally many reports of people who don’t feel well-rested after a full night’s sleep and feel like they are chronically fatigued no matter how long they rest.
Have you ever gone to sleep exhausted then woken up still tired without any sense of relief? There’s a chance you were experiencing adrenal fatigue.
I’ve also heard several reports of people who have been experiencing a decreased sex drive as a part of their fatigue.
Muscle weakness is another indication of adrenal fatigue. Several patients have complained that their arms and legs feel twitchy and restless. Others mention feeling weak all over and don’t know why.
If your allergies are flaring up more than usual, and you’re not just experiencing regular seasonal congestion, your adrenal glands might be to blame. You might get all of the allergies you’re used to, but also start breaking out in hives or rashes even if you’ve never had them before or if it has been years since your last outbreak.
Changes to your skin pigmentation can also be a big sign of adrenal fatigue. Any discoloration or dark spots appearing on your skin that you’re sure weren’t there yesterday are indicators that something could be wrong and should be checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.
What Can I Do About It?
If you’re feeling any of these symptoms, or multiple symptoms altogether, I strongly suggest making an appointment with your physician.
Some of these signs might not seem drastic at the moment, or you may think they’ll just go away with time, but sometimes adrenal fatigue doesn’t become apparent until you have a full-blown disease or illness. However, that can often take years or even decades to fully present itself, and by that point, I’m sure you’ll feel you’ve been dealing with these symptoms for way too long.
Now, since some of these symptoms are shared with those of a low thyroid disorder, a few of the supplements and kits I provide in my store are designed to help with both. You’ll also find that I’ve put together kits with a little something extra to help anyone dealing with adrenal fatigue to finally get the good night’s sleep they deserve.
I hope this article was helpful in showing you the signs to look for and was able to finally connect the dots for those of you experiencing these symptoms. If you’d like any more information or have any questions for me, please feel free to shoot me a message. I’d love to hear from you.