Adrenal Insufficiency or Fatigue
Adrenal Insufficiency or functional hypoadrenia is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in all of the medicine. However, what we’re seeing is an epidemic of people (mostly women), with this condition in our office. People who go to bed tired, and wake up tired. This is not normal. The adrenal glands sit right on top of the kidneys and help you to deal with stress. Remember hearing how the “fight-or-flight” response was what helped save our species from things likes saber-tooth tigers chasing after us or volcanic eruptions? Well, wouldn’t it be something to see our ancestors trying to handle the carpooling, full-time jobs, traffic jams, and trips to the grocery store that trigger our “fight-or-flight” response several times a day? Throw in some hormone imbalance, depression, anxiety and adrenal fatigue into the mix, and no wonder people are exhausted. Why? Because it’s coming from exhausted adrenal glands. This means that your adrenal glands aren’t functioning right. Your adrenal glands are going downhill and you’re going down right with it!
Adrenal Insufficiency Symptoms
Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency, which can vary from mild to extreme are:
- decreased tolerance to cold
- poor circulation
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia which is the precursor to sugar diabetes)
- low stamina
- low blood pressure (postural hypotension). This is where you stand up and your blood pressure drops suddenly.
- muscle weakness
- lowered resistance to infection
- need for excessive amounts of sleep
- apathy or depression
- subnormal body temperature
- fears, due to low energy and secondary copper toxicity
- a tendency to constipation
- low levels of hydrochloric acid
- joint aches and pains
Some of the causes of adrenal insufficiency may include: genetics, congenital (present at birth) weakness, nutritional imbalances, emotional or psychological stress, the use of stimulants, infections, energetic and structural imbalances, toxic substances, and an imbalanced mental attitude-worry, fear and anger.
Dr. Goldberg Discusses Adrenal Insufficiency