Most doctors do not recognize adrenal fatigue as a true medical condition for they claim that there has been no scientific proof to show that it exists. As if dealing with one unrecognized medical condition is not enough, fibromyalgia patients are also likely to suffer from adrenal fatigue.
The Role of Adrenal Gland
Your adrenal glands sit above your kidneys. They are responsible in producing several hormones such as adrenaline, steroids and cortisol. These hormones are essential for stress and fear response. When faced with stress, your adrenal glands releases these hormones to help you cope with the situation.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue In Fibromyalgia
However, persistent stress puts pressure on the adrenal glands. Moreover, the list of stress factors is endless. Adrenal fatigue in fibromyalgia can be due to lack of sleep, stress of pain, stressful work environment, threat of losing a job, and many more. As a result, your adrenal glands are on constant high alert.
Adrenal fatigue is theorized to occur when your adrenal glands are not able to meet the demands of persistent fight-or-flight arousal. Hence the body experience adrenal insufficiency. According to this theory, diagnostic tests are unable to detect this small subnormal adrenal function but your body can. Therefore, this condition is still not recognized in the medical field.
Adrenal fatigue can be a risk factor in various related conditions which include chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, premature menopause, arthritis and others.
Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue In Fibromyalgia
It is important to note that impaired adrenal function include more than simply exhaustion or fatigue. The other symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:
- Body pain
- Weight loss with no specific reason
- Low blood pressure
- Hair Loss
- Skin discoloration
Treatment Of Adrenal Fatigue In Fibromyalgia
So far, the Western medicine has only detected the symptoms incurred by the condition. Test results will not show any subnormal hormone levels. Hence your doctor will likely tell you that you are fine, despite you feeling miserable. Nevertheless, it is important that you get a full physical checkup to rule out all other medical conditions which can be causing your symptoms. Since adrenal fatigue is not recognized in western medicine, most doctor will only focus on helping you relieve your symptoms.
If you are not satisfied with the way your doctor handles your condition, you may want to consider seeing an osteopath or an expert in alternative medicine. While the most extreme cases may need supplementation, most patients may find substantial improvement through dietary changes, stress reduction and regular exercise.