Everyone knows how important it is to get enough sleep. Being well-rested is key to being happy, healthy, and productive. So what do you do if you can’t seem to get that rested feeling, despite making an effort to get the hours in? It might not be your fault. There are two types of ongoing fatigue: Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Both will make you feel perpetually tired and run down, no matter how much sleep you get. So how do you know if you have either of these conditions, and what can you do to fix them?
Stress and fatigue are closely linked, and chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue are thought to originate in the adrenal glands. These small glands control adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormone), forming our biological responses to threats. Today’s busy and stressful lifestyles, unfortunately, often cause the overproduction of cortisol on a daily basis in response to stressful stimuli and overtax the adrenal glands constantly, until the glands no longer respond quickly, resulting in fatigue and the inability to become excited, in some cases. When this occurs, symptoms of chronic adrenal fatigue begin to emerge and make everyday activities a constant struggle. This is what we also call HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis imbalance.
While everyone experiences stressful situations, it’s the constant exposure to cortisol over a period of time that triggers adrenal fatigue. People who work in stressful jobs or have ongoing personal struggles or live an unhealthy lifestyle with lack of exercise and poor nutrition, often fall victim to chronic fatigue and find themselves unable to feel better and function at normal levels.
What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue?
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are often very similar to those of other illnesses, which can make diagnosis a challenge. The major symptom, of course, is ongoing and constant fatigue, even after a long sleep.
Aside from fatigue, related symptoms also emerge, which can include muscle pain, inability to concentrate and focus (brain fog), memory loss, insomnia, joint pain (without swelling), sore throat, tender lymph nodes, and frequent headaches. These symptoms can be fleeting, making the disorder extremely frustrating and difficult to put a finger on.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms may also include feeling overwhelmed, decreased sex drive, cravings, decreased immunity, and depression or irritability. Even if the problem is rooted in the body’s function, emotional symptoms often crop up in response to the fatigue and discomfort.
Chronic Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
Unfortunately, there is currently no quick cure for adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue disorders. The problems can be difficult to treat, but the process for treatment is quite simple in theory and mostly revolves around lifestyle changes and tracking your symptoms. This can be an ongoing process, taking months or years to regain control over fatigue.
At Synergistiq Integrative Health, Dr. Verma, works with each patient to carefully tailor a treatment that is best suited to his/her needs. Once you start working with Dr. Verma, you’ll find strategies to deal with your adrenal fatigue or chronic fatigue and set long-term goals to help your body recover.
Nutrition, herbal supplements, and even hormone replacement are often all part of a multi-faceted adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue treatment plan. It is extremely important for healthcare providers to treat the underlying causes of the problem, rather than just focusing on the symptoms themselves while merely treating the disease and not the patient. This may involve in-depth testing for neurotransmitters and thyroid and hormones and adrenal function, along with micronutrient evaluation and food intolerances and even Lyme disease.
If you are interested in treatment with Dr. Verma, it’s important to realize that the road to recovery can be long and bumpy. This is because when things are done naturally and correctly, it is a gradual process, but sustainable for a lifetime. If you’d like to regain your energy and enthusiasm, schedule a consultation with Dr. Verma to determine if you are a good candidate for chronic fatigue treatment. Get back your energy and your life, because you deserve to.