Adrenal Fatigue - Symptoms and Underlying Issues

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe the group of symptoms that are said to occur by people who are under long-term physical, mental or emotional stress.  Supporters of the adrenal fatigue theory believe the problem begins when the many different stresses of life become too much for the body to handle. Our adrenal glands (the small organs located above the kidneys) usually produce hormones like cortisol to deal with stress.  But when people are faced with long-term stress that becomes too much to handle, their adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the body’s needs. When this starts to happen, symptoms of adrenal fatigue may start to appear.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Disease)

  • Fatigue

  • Trouble falling asleep or waking up

  • Body aches

  • Weight loss

  • Low blood pressure

  • Lightheadedness

  • Loss of body hair

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Digestive problems

  • Caffeine dependence

  • Salt and sugar cravings

Because these symptoms are common and can be found in many diseases, it is difficult to diagnose adrenal fatigue.  This often leads to adrenal fatigue and other issues remaining undiagnosed. However, these symptoms should still be taken seriously. If you are experiencing any of the listed persisting symptoms, it is important to not brush them off. Discuss what you’re experiencing with a trusted practitioner. Dr. Sturm and her team specialize in the holistic treatment of women and children and believe in healing their patients according to their unique needs. The team at Denver Holistic Medicine uses an integrated approach in care, combining the practices of Eastern and Western medicine in order to treat disease and achieve optimal health and wellness. Give us a call at (303) 862-8756 or book an appointment here.