Symptoms & Treatment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Adrenal Fatigue

Month: April, 2014

Adrenal Fatigue – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

The majority of people are unaware of the condition of adrenal fatigue or exhaustion. So what is adrenal fatigue? Its name describes it well: it occurs when the adrenal glands in the body are over-worked or under-nourished. This results in fatigue and exhaustion. The adrenals are small glands located above the kidney. They secrete hormones which help the body to handle immediate or long-term stress.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

More than 50 different types of hormones are secreted by the adrenal glands such as progesterone, cortisol, adrenaline, estrogen and DHEA. Many people have heard of these hormones which give us the energy to deal with our hectic lives. When the adrenal glands are overly stressed they cease to work optimally, which results in symptoms such as:

  • chronic fatigue and tiredness
  • chronic anxiety
  • depression
  • decreased metabolism
  • joint pain
  • inability to think clearly
  • poor memory and concentration
  • allergies and food sensitivities
  • low body temperature
  • low blood pressure
  • decreased immune function
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • low blood sugar
  • craving for sweet or salty foods
  • changes in skin colour

These symptoms provide a general idea about the condition although there are other symptoms as well.

Causes of Adrenal Exhaustion  

  • Our modern lifestyle is the main reason for adrenal exhaustion or burnout. The glands suffer when heavily over-used. While the mind maybe full of ideas and always active, the body can at times fail to keep up. Factors that put stress on the adrenal glands include: constant mental, physical or emotional stress
  • physical injury
  •  unhealthy or poor diet
  • high use of caffeine or other similar stimulants
  • too little sleep
  • traffic or noise pollution

For many people many of these factors are quite common in their daily lifestyle & may have a negative effect on their health. Adrenal burnout can even cause early aging with reported cases of women showing signs of menopause as early as their mid-thirties.

Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue    

It is possible to treat this condition and there are three basic categories into which treatment can be divided:

  • Integrative and anti-ageing medicines
  • Nutritional and herbal support
  • Re-energizing practices and lifestyle changes

Doctors suggest that the following time frames may be necessary to achieve full recovery:

  • 6 to 9 months for minor fatigue
  • 12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue
  • 24 months for severe fatigue

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above it is advisable not to neglect them but to visit a renowned doctor as soon as possible. To find an adrenal fatigue doctor you can search online.


How to Detect Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is becoming more common with the hectic lifestyle of today’s world. People are often unaware of this condition and it slowly transforms into a chronic fatigue. There are many symptoms of this condition, but these are not directly related to it. You can search online to find a specialist doctor in your area.

In our everyday life a number of stressors send signal to our adrenal glands which produce stress hormones. A variety of psychological and physical demands such as lack of sleep, relationship dynamics, financial concerns, family responsibilities, stressful job, dieting and emotional distress activate our adrenals, which start providing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in relatively small blasts of strength.

Adrenals are crucial to our health from keeping us awake, focused and alert throughout the day and providing a little burst of energy while waking us up in the morning. The adrenal glands become impaired in their ability to respond properly, when these are required to sustain high cortisol levels constantly.

This results in affecting our short-term response to stress and decreases adrenal glands ability of producing and balancing hormones like progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. These hormones are vital for our long-term health and well-being.

Symptoms of imbalance in adrenal glands  

Symptoms are basically a way by which our body informs us that it’s not getting the support it requires. All the symptoms have actually no direct relationship with adrenal fatigue, but a unique “aggravating pattern” is found when all these different factors are taken into consideration. What you need to do is to look if these tendencies are common in the behaviour of your body.

The symptoms to search for:   

Energy: Lack of stamina, ongoing fatigue, always on speed forward, unable to stop, lack of desire to get up and go, feeling wired and tired much of the time.

Weight changes and craving for food: You may see an abnormal gain of weight in the thigh and abdomen area of your body.  An uncontrollable feeling and craving for sugary or salty foods.

Blood pressure: Fluctuations in blood pressure, either high or low. Light headedness is generally associated with low blood pressure.

Sleep: You may develop an inability to sleep properly. Nightly wake ups and then unable to go back to sleep will become common aspects. In some cases, people have a sound sleep, but they wake up exhausted.

Response of immune system: you may get vulnerable to infections quite often. Also, it would take a longer duration to recover from infections or illness in comparison to others.

Emotions and coping ability: People suffering from this type of chronic fatigue develop an inability to face daily stress level. They have an overwhelmed feeling much of the time, struggle to get through the day, anxiety attacks, unable to reframe ones thoughts.

Thinking Ability: Inability to stay focused on one specific task, mentally foggy, chronic racing thoughts and fuzzy thinking.

Hormones/Libido: Perimenopausal symptoms may get worse, low libido, decline in sex drive.

Adrenal fatigue is not always the root cause of the above mentioned symptoms and these can occur due to various other conditions. However, it contributes in multiple medical conditions such as

  • Depression and chronic anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Premature menopause
  • IBS or chronic digestive problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypotension
  • Insomnia
  • Rage attacks

With proper support and early detection can heal adrenal fatigue. Doctor can reverse the toxic effects of chronic stress with proper medication programs.  So all you need to do is find a specialist doctor.

Prevention of Lyme Disease

There are three aspects to prevention of Lyme disease

1)     Avoid getting bitten by ticks

2)     Remove the tick prompty, but in the correct manner, if you get a tickbite.

3)     See a Lyme specialist doctor and get started on antibiotics if you develop early symptoms of Lyme disease.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease, usually in the first week after a tickbite, are headache, neck stiffness, fever, fatigue, and muscle and joint pains.  Some patients also get a characteristic skin rash called a “bulls-eye” rash.

With proper precautions, Lyme disease can be easily avoided. Here are a few tips:

  • If you go hiking or walking on grassy or wooded areas, wear long pants instead of shorts and tuck the pants into your socks. Your clothes should be tight at the waist, wrists and ankles.
  • If you are working in a garden for long periods of time or your work site is near bushes, take a precautionary medical check-up to detect any symptoms.
  • Never use your bare hands to remove ticks. Instead use a tool like tweezers. Wear gloves if removing with your fingers & wash your hands thoroughly after removal. By failing to do this there is a high chance of being infected.
  • You should give extra attention every day to hairy parts of your body because ticks generally attach to these areas. The scalp should also be washed properly.
  • Lyme disease in Australia is quite widespread & considered to be an epidemic. Places like marshes, gardens, high grasses and beaches should be avoided. Do not spend time in tick infested surroundings or habitats. If possible, cut down your recreational activities like camping, hiking, forestry, landscaping and other activities closely related to nature.
  • At the end of your daily activities in dense bushes or garden areas, remove all your clothes and properly search for any sign of the disease.
  • Minimise the chance of infection by using repellents on skin & clothes and by covering your body with high quality guarding clothes. If using repellents on skin, you should wash your body with soap and water at the end of the day. There are a number of sprays available which can be sprayed on clothes and act as tick and insect repellent.
  • It is highly recommended that you remove things like woodpiles and leaf litter where ticks may develop. Keep your garden grass mowed and clear excess bushes. By using pesticides, you can kill ticks in large numbers.

If you need to find a specialist Lyme disease doctor you can search online. Sydney is home to some of the most reputed doctors who can deal with Lyme disease effectively. There is a vaccine available which is meant for people between the ages of 16 to 70 years. This vaccine is considered to be safe and effective for Lyme disease.