Call To Action – Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue
I’m writing on this tonight because Diane has
been feeling a little fatigued lately. We did a
little reading and are going to the doctor tomorrow
morning to get tested.
For what????…… what is this you might say???
Adrenal glands are known as “the glands of stress”, writes
James Wilson in Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome.
Actually there is no such condition according to the medical
community…. It’s not recognized by the AMA….
Dr. James Wilson coined that phrase after seeing so
many of his patients suffering from fatigue….
“When your adrenal glands are fatigued, a condition
known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion,
your entire body feels it and suffers from
extreme exhaustion as well”. “It is estimated that
up to 80 percent of adults experience adrenal
fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one
of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the
United States”- James Wilson
Have you ever experienced any of these conditions?
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- Morning fatigue — You don’t really seem to
“wake up” until 10 a.m., even if you’ve been
awake since 7 a.m.
- Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or
clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Burst of energy at 6 p.m. — You finally feel
better from your afternoon lull.
- Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. — However, you
resist going to sleep.
- “Second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about
1 a.m., when you finally go to sleep.
- Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
- Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
- Mild depression
- Lack of energy
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Muscular weakness
- Increased allergies
- Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting
or laying down position
- Decreased sex drive
- Frequent sighing
- Inability to handle foods high in potassium or
carbohydrates unless they’re combined with fats and protein
Since Diane has been experiencing many of these same
symptoms, we’re going in to get tested.
Treatment of adrenal fatigue
“Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys
to the enjoyment of life,” according to Dr. Wilson.
If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life
again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary
changes to treat your disorder.
There are two tests that can be run to determine your level of
fatigue… they are the ACTH test which can be used to determine
under or over production of some hormones… However NORMAL
ranges typically don’t recognize a problem unless outside the 2%
ends of the bell curve (less than 2%)…. You could be showing signs
at about the 15% level and experience sever fatigue and it
not be recognized by the doctor because “He’s taught to respond
to anything outside the lower 2%…. so 20% is well within
the NORMAL range.
The second test which is more reliable is the Salivary Cortisol test.
This test is easily run and should be covered by your insurance.
If not…it’s not that expensive….so do it anyway….
Now understand, we don’t normally recommend “self-diagnosis”…
however sometimes the doctors need a little guidance or a nudge
to get them looking…..
After all,,,, we are RESPONSIBLE for our HEALTH and WELLBEING….
We’ll give an update tomorrow night on our visit to the doctor.
In the meantime…. Do you have something to say???
Do you want to earn money from home, doing what you love?
Jerry and Diane