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Thyroid/Adrenal Disorders

Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic

Naturopathic Doctors located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, AZ

Adrenal fatigue causes chronic fatigue and other symptoms that can take a toll on daily activities. Phoenix Anti-Aging Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, provides state-of-the-art care for patients with adrenal fatigue, helping them overcome their symptoms without relying on medications.

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What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a chronic condition that occurs when the adrenal glands stop functioning normally, resulting in decreased production of hormones and special chemicals called neurotransmitters that are critical for normal body function. The adrenal glands are small, pyramidal-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys, and the hormones and neurotransmitters they secrete play important roles in regulating stress, blood sugar, and blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and promoting normal energy levels throughout the course of the day. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands include cortisol, sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen), DHEA and aldosterone. The neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine are also produced by these glands. When the glands are “overworked,” they can become fatigued, making it more difficult for them to produce the correct amounts of these important chemicals.

What causes adrenal fatigue?

Several factors can cause or contribute to adrenal fatigue. Some of the most common causes include:

  • chronic stress that causes the glands to continually produce too much cortisol
  • illnesses like pneumonia, flu or bronchitis
  • chronic illnesses like autoimmune disease
  • cancer

What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are often subtle, especially in the initial stages of the condition. Common symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • frequent colds or flu
  • allergies
  • pain and inflammation
  • high or low blood pressure
  • sexual dysfunction or low libido
  • problems regulating blood sugar
  • cardiovascular problems
  • a general feeling of unwellness, lethargy, or malaise
  • weight gain, especially in the belly area
  • problems focusing or problems with memory
  • dizziness when standing

Sometimes, people with adrenal fatigue will feel somewhat better after eating. Not everyone with adrenal fatigue will have the same symptoms, so a careful discussion of all concerns is important for ensuring the condition is properly and promptly diagnosed.

How is adrenal fatigue treated?

Treatment begins with an in-depth evaluation including a cortisol rhythm test that uses samples of saliva to evaluate cortisol levels throughout the day. Once the level and nature of adrenal fatigue have been determined, a custom treatment plan will be developed that may include nutritional supplementation and support, IV therapy and injections, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle and dietary changes.