Adrenal fatigue refers to symptoms that occur when the adrenal glands aren’t working properly. That results in lower levels of hormones that people need to function on a daily basis. Adrenal fatigue isn’t necessarily the same as adrenal insufficiency or specific medical conditions that affect the adrenal glands, such as Addison’s disease.
Adrenal fatigue can occur when patients are under a lot of stress on a regular basis. The adrenal glands become unable to keep up with the fight-or-flight response that stress produces, which results in hormone levels that are too low. Those who experience chronic stress need higher levels of hormones to function.
Common symptoms that affect those with adrenal fatigue include tiredness that doesn’t go away, even with a full night’s rest, body aches, and difficulty focusing or concentrating. Patients with these symptoms should keep in mind that they’re also associated with other health problems, such as thyroid problems.
Diagnosing adrenal fatigue typically involves ruling out other possible causes of a patient’s symptoms. Adrenal fatigue isn’t an official medical condition with specific guidelines for a diagnosis. Dr. Wilkie conducts tests and takes other diagnostic measures to check for adrenal diseases, thyroid diseases, and other underlying medical conditions that could be causing a patient’s symptoms. When Dr. Wilkie rules out other possible causes, she diagnoses patients with adrenal fatigue and comes up with a treatment plan for it.
Dr. Wilkie offers several naturopathic services for those with adrenal fatigue. These include herbal medicine, which involves taking supplements or other herbal products that support adrenal health. Examples include ashwagandha, Siberian ginseng, licorice root, and Rhodiola Rosea. Some patients also benefit from taking a B vitamin complex in the form of supplement. The adrenal glands need the right amounts of B vitamins to function efficiently. Using these supplements ensures that patients have healthy B vitamin levels. Dr. Wilkie might also recommend supplements that act to manage cortisol levels, as well as supplements that offer thyroid and hormone support.
For more information on adrenal fatigue treatments, please contact Vanessa D. Wilkie, ND.
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