Adrenal Stress and adrenal fatigue has been called the 21st Century Stress Disorder. Some medical experts think that adrenal fatigue is a more mild form of Adrenal Insufficiency which is a more mild form of Addison’s syndrome.
When your adrenal glands aren’t working properly, the body has a much more difficult time regulating and dealing with stress hormones, and this can cause many health problems.
What Causes Adrenal Stress
Adrenal stress or adrenal fatigue can be caused by a highly stressful or traumatic event. This high stress event can cause you to release large amounts of fight or flight hormones from your adrenal glands. If you are still on the go after this event without adequate recovery time, your adrenal glands may not be able to function as well as they normally do. Adrenal stress can also be caused by a long period of time in which you don’t allow yourself to relax and recuperate. this constant stress that you experience during your day leaves you less able to recover from minor stresses and can surely lead to adrenal fatigue.
What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Stress
Adrenal stress and adrenal fatigue have many symptoms that include aching, unexplained weight loss or gain, difficulty falling asleep, irritability, memory loss, and the most common symptom is chronic fatigue. Many have described the symptoms as feeling like they are constantly tired, but unable to relax. Constant restlessness and stress may be common symptoms for adrenal stress as well.
What you can do about your Adrenal Stress
One of the biggest problems with diagnosing adrenal stress and adrenal fatigue is that it has a wide range of often debilitating, but very non-specific symptoms. Also the body tends to be more sensitive to adrenal functioning then most blood tests are. If your adrenal glands are not working properly, then you will feel the difference long before most tests will be able to tell you.
In the short term, you can improve your diet, increase and balance your vitamin intake, reduce your daily stresses, try to increase your relaxation time, balance your exercise, and give yourself a little bit more time to sleep. We will be covering all of these basics in future articles. We will also talk a little bit about possible tests that may be available for adrenal stress and adrenal fatigue and how to talk with your medical professional about your symptoms.