Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment in Wilmington

Adrenal Balance in Wilmington

“Adrenal Fatigue” is coined but a more accurate diagnostic label is termed: HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis D (dysregulation) or HPA-D for short.

Adrenal fatigue is an increasingly common yet sometimes controversial diagnosis used to indicate depletion of the adrenal glands. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenals for use in the regulation of blood pressure. In response to stress, the adrenals release greater amounts of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue is thought to occur when the adrenals have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.

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Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are thought to include:

  • fatigue, particularly upon waking, with intermittent “crashes” throughout the day
  • poor stress response and mood regulation
  • cognitive issues or “brain fog”
  • increased energy levels in the evenings 
  • cravings for salty and sweet foods 
  • unexplained body aches
  • overuse of caffeine and other stimulants 
  • a compromised immune system
  • low blood pressure
  • loss of body hair

Less common symptoms are could include:

  • insomnia
  • frequent urination
  • loss of muscle tone
  • poor circulation
  • depression
  • weight gain 
  • decreased libido

What causes Adrenal Fatigue?

There are four primary triggers for HPA-D:

Perceived stress: Emotional and psychological stress.

Glycemic dysregulation: High and low blood sugar, or alternating between the two.

Circadian disruption: Sleep deprivation, too much light exposure at night, not enough exposure to daylight, shift work, and frequent travel between time zones.

Inflammatory signaling: Inflammation caused by poor diet, physical inactivity or overtraining, gut dysfunction (SIBO, dysbiosis, gut infections, leaky gut, etc.), autoimmune disease, and many other modern sources of inflammation.

Some important things to note about adrenal fatigue:
Adrenal fatigue is not recognized the medical literature. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s a myth. In our experiences, adrenal fatigue is definitely a real thing. Here’s data to back that up: Fatigue makes up more than 20% of all guest contacts in primary care or 18 million visits in the US. 75-90% of primary care visits have been reported to be stress related. Conventional medicine is often at a loss of how to care for these guests.

What’s the difference between Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Insufficiency?

While the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue is not accepted by most doctors, adrenal insufficiency is a real medical condition that occurs when our adrenal glands cannot produce enough hormones. Adrenal insufficiency is caused by damage to the adrenal glands or a problem with the pituitary gland—a pea-sized gland in the brain that tells the adrenals to produce cortisol.

A person with adrenal insufficiency may be dehydrated, confused, or losing weight. He or she may feel weak, tired, or dizzy, and have low blood pressure. Other symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed through blood tests, and can be treated with medications that replace the hormones the adrenals would normally make.

Benefits of Adrenal Fatigue Treatment in Wilmington

When your hormones are balanced correctly, you can see great benefits to your overall wellbeing:

  • More energy – less feelings of being tired all the time
  • Easier to get up the morning
  • Feeling more rested after sleeping
  • Less cravings of sugar
  • Less reliance on stimulants like coffee or energy drinks
  • Increased sex drive
  • Healthier thyroid
  • And more

Getting Treatment for Adrenal Fatigue in Wilmington

Our team here at Reese Family Chiropractic is well equipped to help you identify if you’re experiencing Adrenal Fatigue and ready to help build a customized care plan to stabilize and balance your hormones again. Book your appointment today to speak with our doctors and how we can get you to optimal health.

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