Adrenal Fatigue

I've added this page because I came across an article in the hairdressers and had one of those ker-ching moments!  I rang my partner straightaway and asked him to order me the book by James L.Wilson Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.  All I can say is that this resonated very strongly with two of my children and I.  We took the quiz in the book and all of us came out with Adrenal Fatigue - some of the questions seem a bit odd and, there are a lot of them but persevere if you think that you may have it.  It may ring true for you.  I added some supplements to our diet, as recommended: Magnesium, Vitamin B and Vitamin C.  We all saw our sleep improved.  There are other suggestions in the book and it's well worth a look.  I have an under-active thyroid so that's the next thing I need to read up on.  Watch this space!

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger.

You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or “gray” feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.

This syndrome has been known by many other names throughout the past century, such as non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, adrenal neurasthenia, adrenal apathy and adrenal fatigue. Although it affects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, conventional medicine does not yet recognize it as a distinct syndrome.

Adrenal fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected.
Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even sex drive. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels in response to and to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones that occurs with adrenal fatigue. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price.

For more information have a look at Dr James L. Wilson's site Adrenal Fatigue