Adrenal fatigue is a collection of nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, generalized body aches, exhaustion, lack of interest and energy, poor sleep, irritability and weight gain. It is described as a reduced production of adrenal hormones in the body as a result of chronic stress.
Adrenal glands are responsible for producing cortisol, a hormone our body needs to fight stress. During chronic stressful conditions, whether physical or emotional, our body produces excessive amounts of cortisol. It is believed that over time, our adrenal glands become overworked and in turn are unable to produce sufficient cortisol to combat the effects of stress on our body. This cortisol insufficiency is called “Adrenal Fatigue”.
Fatigue, body aches, unexplained weight gain or loss, weakness and decreased muscle tone may be other symptoms that patients complain about. Other diagnosis to consider are gastrointestinal problems, depression, other metabolic conditions, other hormonal deficiencies, and physical or emotional ailments.
The usual evaluation requires careful consideration of all aspects of a women’s health and wellness with special attention to the nutritional, hormonal and emotional wellbeing of the individual. The treatment consists of supportive and supplemental care and correcting the abnormal findings.
It’s frustrating to have persistent symptoms that many doctors can’t explain or treat. Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause — such as depression or other ailment — may go unrecognized.
At LA Women’s Health and Wellness, by carefully listening to and evaluating each patient, we are able to assess each individual’s condition and offer the appropriate treatment.