The term adrenal-fatigue describes a vague, wiped out chronically fatigued syndrome, possibly with aches and pains and sleep disorders. This syndrome has become more common in our burn-out culture. But what causes adrenal fatigue, and more importantly, what are the solutions?
The two small adrenal glands are located one above each kidney. They are directly involved with producing a variety of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone, and testosterone or estrogen. The adrenal glands are also indirectly involved with producing or distributing up to 50 hormones in our bodies. A fight or flight reaction from the sympathetic nervous system kicks in more cortisol.
This sympathetic nervous system reaction can be chronic and low level from “normal” daily living stress that most try to deny or self medicate with alcohol, causing too much burden on the adrenals.
Mainstream medicine considers most adrenal fatigue assessments undiagnosable and non-existent. They claim it’s a made-up syndrome and can serve to avoid detections of depression or fibromyalgia.
They do test to determine extreme adrenal malfunctions such as Addison’s disease (insufficient hormone production) or Cushing’s syndrome (too much cortisol). Both of them are usually associated with other autoimmune diseases. But holistic practitioners point out those diagnoses rare. Four out of 100,000 are diagnosed with Addison’s.
Furthermore, mainstream medicos can misdiagnose adrenal fatigue as depression, fibromyalgia, or even MS, and wind up prescribing pharmaceuticals with side effects.