Your Questions About Adrenal Fatigue Are Finally Answered

Many common symptoms may be about adrenal fatigueQ: Can excessive mucus and sinus drainage be linked to adrenal dysfunction or be about Adrenal Fatigue?

A: There may be a correlation. You can use nasal rinse to help keep the sinus clean. Taking an anti-histamine may help also. In the long run, it is important to make sure your adrenal glands are not fatigued or that it is about Adrenal Fatigue. Allergic (food or chemicals or sensitivities) and asthma reactions usually have strong adrenal components. Many allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. The body’s response is to produce cortisol, a strong anti-inflammatory hormone. The weaker the adrenals, the higher the frequency of allergies. This is because the more histamine that is released, the more cortisol it takes to control the inflammatory response and the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol. When the adrenals are eventually exhausted, cortisol output is compromised, allowing unopposed histamine to inflame the bodily tissues more. This vicious circle can lead to progressively deepening adrenal exhaustion and producing more severe allergic reactions.

Q: What can I do to reduce my excessive facial hair growth? I am a female who should not have a beard!

A: Facial hair growth is an indication of an imbalance in female hormones that ultimately affects testosterone level, the culprit before facial hair growth. You need to find out where the imbalance is. Along with facial hair growth, hair loss and oiling skin are some of the common symptoms that we see.

A common driver of imbalances is dysregulation of the hormonal response of the neuroendometabolic stress response circuits, which could even bring about Adrenal Fatigue. While these circuits are equipped and designed to mitigate the effects of stress and keep the body in a functional state, too much stress can overwhelm their ability to cope, and you will see symptoms of their malfunction such as unbalanced hormone levels. By reducing stress and adopting lifestyle practices that promote stress avoidance, the body’s hormone levels can be returned to normal and will assist in solving your facial hair problem.

Many people realize they had signs for quite some time before learning about Adrenal FatigueQ: I have been having a hard time keeping my body temp at a steady, normal temp. My body temp fluctuates, but is almost always at the lower end. Is there anything I can do to keep my body temp more up on the higher end?

A: You may want to investigate further to see if there is any other issue that is causing stress in your body, such as Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. There is a strong relationship between the adrenal and the thyroid systems. These two organs are intimately co-dependent on one another for optimal function. This axis, also called the Adrenal and Thyroid (AT) axis must be correctly balanced if you are going to feel well. If the adrenals are weak, cortisol production may be adversely affected. Excessive cortisol can create a condition of thyroid resistance. This means that your body may fail to respond in an efficient way to your own thyroid signal.

Q: I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and was recently diagnosed with vertigo. Is there any connection between Adrenal Fatigue and vertigo?

A: I don’t see a connection between Adrenal Fatigue and vertigo. But many sufferers of Adrenal Fatigue do complain of lightheadedness, possibly caused by low blood sugar or low blood pressure on arising. That is called postural orthostatic hypotension.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue can vary greatly depending on your body’s unique physiology. The effects of excessive stress touch not only the neuroendocrine system, but also many metabolic functions. To understand the full gamut of possible symptoms, it is useful to understand the body’s stress response from a neuroendometabolic perspective, tying in multiple functional circuits that all work to keep the body running when it is affected by stress. When stress is excessive and chronic enough to put the body in a state of Adrenal Fatigue, most if not all of these functional circuits will become dysregulated and malfunction, causing a great array of symptoms. The body’s malfunctioning as a result of Adrenal Fatigue can also interact with possible pre existing conditions or particular physiological quirks that may give rise to novel symptoms. It is not difficult to imagine vertigo could be such a symptom.

About Adrenal Fatigue and migrainesQ: Are frequent headaches a common symptom of Adrenal Fatigue?

A: Many are concerned about Adrenal Fatigue. Migraine headaches can be caused by many factors. Always get a full medical workup to ensure no other pathological reasons are responsible. It is not a common symptom of Adrenal Fatigue. You may also want to keep a journal of what you eat to see if there is any correlation to food allergies and your migraines.

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  • Jeff Tipton says:

    Can muscle twitching from head to toe be caused by adrenal dis function or fatigue.
    Also, I was wondering if you can develop a sensitivity to your own cortisol and how would you correct that? Heavy short exercising?

    • Dr.Lam says:

      general whole body twitching is not a common finding in AFS. Your body puts out cortisol and sensitivity to it internally is not an issue. Too much lead to Cushing’s Disease and too little lead to Addison’s’ Disease. There is no disease attributable to “sensitivity” to cortisol, though we find in many who are in advance stages of AFS where the body cannot tolerate external hydrocortisone supplementation. This is usually due to other factors and not “sensitivity” though it may resemble such.

      Dr Lam

  • Anthony Llabres says:


    I am a Nursing student and functional medicine practitioner through the Kalish Institute. I have somewhat of an obsession with the adrenal glands and cortisol. I am aware that the glands also produce estrogen and in some cases due to constant ACT stimulation, may produce too much estrogen. My question is this…is it possible that with very low cortisol as evidenced by saliva or urine 24 hour test, may be defective or changed by the gland to be unrecognizable by the body? In other words the gland is trying to put.out cortisol but cannot, so the other hormones try to replicate the hirmone but fall short. I see this with Dr Al Plechners syndrome with animals. He blames high adrenal estrogen for causing autoimmune attacks and dysregulation B and T cell activity.
    I cannot find any literature on the subject but believe there are clinical possibilities that his theory has merit.

    • Dr.Lam says:

      Adisons’s disease is by definition a primary malfunction of the gland where it cannot put out enough cortisol. such is not the case with advance AFS, which, when it reaches flat cortisol curve, becomes a neuroendocrine condition where there is a down regulation of the HPA axis from directions of the brain resulting in low cortisol output by the adrenals without any adrenal pathology to show.

      Dr Lam.