Adrenal fatigue is a term used in functional medicine that describes a collection of signs and symptoms that include fatigue, body aches, and digestive problems.
Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include the following:
When experiencing chronic bouts of prolonged stress, the adrenal glands will continue to make cortisol at the expense of the other hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). This overstimulation of the adrenal glands and the hypothalamus and pituitary gland of the brain (the master glands) can result in a lowered ability to produce cortisol correctly. This can lead to what is known as adrenal fatigue.
An experienced adrenal-fatigue doctor can create a treatment plan to best address your specific case of adrenal fatigue. It may involve the following: