Adrenal Fatigue (Energy Depletion)
- Sleeping for 10 hours and you’re still tired.
- Craving sweet and salty foods.
- Exhausted every day at 3 PM, therefore needing a nap
- Hitting the snooze button 10 times every morning.
- Most productive after 10 PM.
- Getting light headed when standing up too fast.
- Gaining weight on your hips and waist.
- Irritable and Moody.
Patients answer yes to the majority of the above questions and almost all of our BHRT patients have some degree of adrenal fatigue. The integrative pharmacologist is awaiting your call. Over the counter supplements greatly improve adrenal fatigue, therefore it is very easy to improve your symptoms. The integrative pharmacologist at PharmaCare Compounding Pharmacy will help you pick up the right supplement.
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
The Adrenals are small glands that sit atop the kidneys. The adrenal glands are the glands of stress and are the first glands to fail under stressful conditions. You are under more stress than you realize and, therefore you are over taxing your adrenal glands. Then adrenal glands respond to all kinds of stress: emotional, psychological, conflicts between desires and beliefs, biochemical, hormonal, thermal, chemical and biological. It seems like nearly everything can tax the adrenal glands. For example, Caffeine, fear, toxins, infections, arthritis pain, fibromyalgia, allergies, lack of sleep, smoking, sugar and white flour products are all examples of things that contribute to stress.
Arthritis and fibromyalgia are italicized in the above statement because chronic pain syndromes like arthritis and fibromyalgia stress out the adrenal glands. The pain caused by the arthritis and fibromyalgia is intensified when your adrenal reserve is depleted and this causes even more adrenal fatigue. As a result, this can be a downward spiral. Hence, patients need to identify if they are at risk for adrenal fatigue because symptoms will continue to get worse and worse.
The adrenal glands are the quarterback of your endocrine system and, therefore it is very difficult to treat hypothyroidism or balance your hormones when there is adrenal fatigue. Always address any underlying adrenal issues in order to maximize the benefits of hormone replacement therapy or thyroid replacement therapy.
In conclusion, the adrenal glands are very important to our overall health. Adrenal fatigue needs to be addressed before starting thyroid replacement therapy or BHRT in order to optimize therapy.
You can take Dr. James Wilson’s Burnout questionnaire here