Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Do you have adrenal fatigue symptoms? Symptoms of adrenal fatigue resemble what our mothers used to call a nervous breakdown. The inability to cope with stress is, however, not a breakdown of our nerves, but of our adrenal glands, which can burn out after long periods of heightened output.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Startle easily-something as simple as the phone ringing will send your heart pounding wildly.
- Feeling tired all the time-You wake up tired, even after what should have been "a good night's sleep". You nap, but never feel like you've had enough.
- Allergies-You have either developed new allergies, or have developed an increase in severity of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
- Diminished tolerance for stress/Anxiety attacks- Stress triggers an irrationally disproportionate anxiety or irritability. Feeling of being unable to cope, or "coming unglued".
-feeling dizzy upon rising, particularly from a horizontal position.
- Lethargy-a feeling of almost incapacitating weakness, especially when not eating regularly.
- Hypoglycemia-(Low blood sugar)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Caffeine dependent-need caffeine to get started or keep going during the day.
- Weight gain-specifically as a layer of belly fat.
Sensitive to bright light,
or have a hard time driving at night.
- Sleep pattern: need to "sleep in", you get your best sleep between 7-9am. Slow to get going, but then pick up some steam, until you hit a late afternoon low and need a nap. If you don't go to bed early, then you get a second wind after 11pm, and can go until the wee hours. Doing that, however, will leave you a total wreck the next day.
- Unable to fight off or recuperate from illness- You seem to be sick all the time.
- Exercise makes you feel worse, not better.
- Hard time getting to sleep, or staying asleep.
- Low libido (low sex drive).
- Food cravings include salt, sweets, and protein.
You have multiple "stress factors" in your life: you've just had a baby... had surgery... got married... got divorced... moved either across town or across the country...lost a loved one... been a victim of a crime... have "3 under 5"...have "tweens"... have teens... have a job...lost a job...have any kind of life at all
the stress factors don't necessarily have to be negative, and they don't have to be dramatic, but they are continual. All the "little" stressors in our lives can add up to a case of adrenal fatigue. Symptoms like those above are frequently discounted when looked at individually, but taken as pieces of the same puzzle, they paint a picture of adrenal glands that need some TLC.