Hello and welcome! Please take a moment to see if you are suffering from some or all of these symptoms:
- Fatigue, especially first thing in the morning and in the afternoon
- Anxiety, especially in stressful situations
- Brain fog
- Memory issues
- Headaches or migraines
- PMS and/or painful periods
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
- Low T
- Skin inflammation such as with rashes, eczema or psoriasis
- Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s or RA
- Wandering joint pains
- Strong cravings for sugar or salt
- Blood sugar dysregulation like hypoglycemia or diabetes
- Recurring infections and/or weak immune system
- Low blood pressure or feel dizzy upon standing
- Frequent urination
- Changes in weight
- Caffeine dependency
If some of these symptoms describe how you are feeling, let me tell you what is going on and how I can help.
The list above is a list of many of the common symptoms associated with a condition called Adrenal Fatigue. You probably haven’t heard of it before because conventionally, it considered ‘just stress’, or ‘you need to see a psychiatrist’. While this condition is in fact brought on by prolonged stress, there are many ways to approach treatment. The problem with going too long without treatment and intervention is that eventually, your body can’t keep up and you can end up with something really debilitating like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or another autoimmune disease.
Adrenal Fatigue can be classified as four separate stages.
- Stage one is the acute phase, when stress is high for some time. You feel the adrenal rushing through you, you may feel energized, but your sleep may start to get interrupted. Rarely people complain at this stage.
- Stage two is when the stress is becoming chronic. You begin to feel wired, but tired, often depending on coffee. You can probably get through the day just fine (with the help of caffeine), but you crash hard at night. Your sleep is likely interrupted around 2-4 am.
- Stage three is when people really start to feel the effects of the chronic stress on their well-being. You are just tired all the time, with a noticeable dip in the afternoon. Cravings are pretty high, maybe not manageable. Immunity is down. This is when sex hormones start to fall, which for women means periods change (PMS, painful menses, irregular, infertility, etc), libido drops, hot flashes are worse, and for men, testosterone is low.
- Stage four is when all your hormones are low- cortisol and sex hormones. You likely have extreme fatigue, lack of sex drive, irritability, depression, anxiety, weight loss, apathy and disinterest in the world. In fact, this general hormonal insufficiency has important implications for almost every part of the body.
As you may have gathered from this point in the discussion, your adrenals (two small glands on top of your kidneys) actually do more than just handle ‘stress.’ They make many of our sex hormones, balance our water intake, and help control our blood sugar. That’s precisely why you feel so awful.
To recover from Adrenal Fatigue requires significant time, patience and often and complete change in lifestyle.
There are several aspects that need to be considered with treatment. First we need to determine the cause of the chronic stress on your body. This can be emotional, job, financial, physical (like too much exercise or lack of sleep), poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances, gut dysbiosis, heavy metals, chronic infection (like Epstein barr or Lyme), etc.
Second, we need to determine what stage your body is in. We figure this out by reviewing your symptoms and looking at your labs.
Once we know what is going on, we can work together to make to appropriate lifestyle changes, use herbs and vitamins to guide your recovery, and combine acupuncture to reset your body.
If you would like to make an appointment, please call 203-548-0572