What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

It always seems that just when I think I know about even the most unheard of conditions and ailments that can strike a person’s health, I end up finding about yet another one that it turns out that I have very little knowledge about.

This time I’m talking about a condition known as Adrenal Fatigue, which I read more about in an article by Care 2. What is so interesting about this particular condition, at least to me, is that it is similar to metabolic syndrome, in that it is merely a term that is applied to a collection of certain signs and symptoms in a person. As it turns out, adrenal fatigue is not a proven medical condition, but it is said to be caused by a poor working adrenal gland. Read on to learn more about this unusual and interesting condition.

It seems that one of the hallmark signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue is exhaustion. I’m not just talking about off and on drowsiness throughout the day due to a poor night’s sleep; I mean real, heavy exhaustion that can make getting out of bed physically a very difficult thing to do. People who claim to have adrenal fatigue also find that they are physically weak throughout the day, and that stress and anxiety get to them very easily.

Many people and even some healthcare professionals believe that adrenal fatigue is brought on by a long bout of illness, such as influenza or bronchitis, or a highly stressful life experience. Essentially, the clearest way of looking at it is by seeing it as a condition that cannot be relieved with mere sleep and rest, yet also cannot be easily identified and treated with one dose of medication or any particular treatment method. Interestingly enough, this condition has taken on many other names over the years, including hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, and adrenal apathy.

However, many medical professionals claim that this condition is actually the fatigue that tends to be caused by other conditions such as depression, stress, poor diet, and insomnia. This is why it is so important to have regular check ups with your primary healthcare giver or givers on a consistent basis. They will know you well enough to know if there is a change in your mood or physical health, and they will be able to help you come up with a personalized treatment plan that can help with these issues.

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