Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
The main symptom is tiredness and exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep.
You may look and act normally with adrenal fatigue and not have any obvious signs of physical illness. You just generally feel unwell and medically no illness is diagnosed. To help relieve these feelings of adrenal fatigue, you may turn to coffee, coke, sugary foods and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to help you through the day.
But after a while, these stimulants stop doing the job and you end up needing them more often and in bigger amounts.
Other symptoms include:
- A weakened immune system that causes you to regularly have extended, severe or recurring infections like coughs or colds that last longer than they should. It may also be recurring bronchitis or even pneumonia.
- Pain in the muscles of your upper back and lower neck for no reason.
- Insomnia, difficulty sleeping or sleep disturbance.
- Feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope.
- Tendency to gain weight, especially around the middle.
- Trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- A decrease in brain function, thinking is less clear, difficulty concentrating and your brain feels foggy.
- Low libido, reduced sexual drive or interest in sex.
- You have to force yourself to keep going. Everything seems like a chore.
- Poor digestion, even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and an especially nervous stomach or indigestion when tense.
- The craving for salty and sweet snacks.
Who is susceptible to Adrenal Exhaustion?
Anyone can experience adrenal fatigue at some time in his or her life. An illness, a life crisis, or a continuing difficult situation can drain the adrenal actions of even the healthiest person.
However, there are situations that can make you more susceptible to adrenal fatigue. First of all, certain lifestyles such as poor diet, substance abuse, too little sleep and rest, or too many pressures. Secondly, chronic illness or repeated infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. And further examples are feelings of being trapped or helpless for extended periods of time which is the case in perhaps a bad relationship, a stressful job, when there is prolonged poverty.
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