FAQ: Adrenal Fatigue and Other Adrenal Gland Symptoms

Infertility is one of the adrenal gland symptoms Q: When having Adrenal Fatigue, do adrenal gland symptoms make getting pregnant and carrying a child harder?

A: Yes, infertility or miscarriages are one of the common adrenal gland symptoms for people suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Proper balancing of the ovarian hormones is key to a successful pregnancy and to avoiding miscarriages.

Q: How come even just hearing a loud noise sets off anxiety within my body?

A: Hearing a loud noise sets off the adrenaline floodgates because the body may perceive itself to be in danger and thus release large amounts of adrenaline. With advanced Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome or adrenal gland symptoms, your body is not able to deal with the sudden adrenaline rush and crashes can happen as a result.

Q: Sometimes I feel like I have extra energy or I feel overexcited; and then when I start to exercise, it feels like it diminishes about halfway through. Is this from Adrenal Fatigue?

A: It may be your adrenaline rushes are out of control; this could be related to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.

Brain fog is one of the adrenal gland symptoms Q: When I’m trying to focus on reading something, I tend to drift off and have to read it again. Could that be related to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

A: For people with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, an inability to concentrate could be a symptom and it is usually expressed in what is called brain fog. This is more a problem with the inability to remember things, which is different from drifting off.

Q: If I get sick, is that damaging to my adrenal glands?

A: Any sickness causes stress on your body. Stress, whether in the form of emotional, physical or chronic illness, is a major contributing factor to Adrenal Fatigue. This is primarily due to the dysregulation of the many anti-stress hormones. Symptoms can include blood sugar imbalance, immune system weakness, and insomnia. The adrenal glands are the major stress control centers of the body. They can be overwhelmed with emotional or physical stress, leading to adrenal crashes. Unfortunately, most of us live in a stressful environment or have a stressful lifestyle. That is why ensuring healthy adrenal function is important.

Q: I had an argument with someone and now I am having very vivid nightmares at night. What is causing this?

A: Arguing may cause your body to go into the fight-or-flight response mode. As a result, your Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis may be imbalanced because of the stress, disrupting your body from entering the normal rest state at night.

Low blood pressure is another one of the adrenal gland symptoms Q: My legs tend to shake if I stand for too long. Is this related to Adrenal Fatigue?

A: Most people in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome cannot stand for long time due to fatigue, vasomotor instability and low blood pressure. Have your doctor do a thorough checkup first.

Q: I sometimes have a lot of pain around my kidneys. I read somewhere that this could possibly be adrenal pain instead. My labs all show that my kidneys are fine. Is this adrenal related?

A: Yes, many of my clients had complaints of pain around their kidney areas, yet labs were showing kidneys were fine. We suspect it is due to some form of inflammatory response in the adrenals, which sits right on top of the kidneys.

The adrenal glands are also an inclusive portion of the hormonal response in the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) model. The hormonal response has three organs that help in regulating stress. The organs are the adrenals, gonads (being the male testis and female ovaries) and the thyroid. The adrenal glands are located on top our kidneys and play an important role in stress regulation by the secretion of a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol has many functions including blood pressure maintenance, anti-inflammatory process, and immunity. Not only does it help the body make stress management but it can work with insulin to maintain a level of blood sugar that is constant. When the hormonal response consisted of these three organs is disrupted, it can lead to several adrenal gland symptoms. These can appear as a reduction in energy in the afternoon, fatigue, and irregularity with the reproductive system, fatigue, a low libido and an intolerance for exercise. Women can also present with symptoms of breast disease, irregularity of menstrual cycle, PMS and in severe cases infertility and miscarriage.

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Low blood pressure is another one of the adrenal gland symptoms