Speaking of adrenal fatigue

By | August 6, 2009

Adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency is a malady that affects far more people than it is realized. There is a difference between adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but the symptoms are often similar. In adrenal fatigue, these ranges from dry skin, hair, feeling tired all day, low sex drive, weight loss, insomnia or poor sleep, depression, and the list goes on. In chronic fatigue syndrome, there is additionally joint and muscle pain, tender lymph nodes, and sore throat. Adrenal fatigue often results in premature aging because of the way it degenerates the cells and energy levels, over a prolonged period of time.

The problem is that adrenal fatigue and CFS is often misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all. Often, adrenal fatigue is mistaken for depression or laziness by the sufferer and doctor. In CFS, the adrenal glands may be affected as well, complicating matters.

Adrenal fatigue is “defined” as a condition in which the adrenal glands are not producing enough quantities of the hormone cortisol. But medically, the condition is NOT acknowledged as a legitimate disorder, although fortunately, more and more doctors appear to be waking up to the fact that such a condition actually exists. Many doctors seem to think if it’s not Addison’s disease, than it is not a real problem, just because there is no measurable way(!) to demonstrate adrenal fatigue via lab tests. But the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are all too real, as sufferers can attest.

If you have been suffering from fatigue and exhibit signs of premature aging for a long time, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue, and not realize it. What triggers adrenal fatigue in the first place? It appears that prolonged stress or some highly traumatic period may cause the adrenals to weaken because of the constant output of cortisol. Some people seem more prone to stress than others. Adrenal fatigue sufferers almost have to drink coffee everyday, and have trouble getting up in the morning. During the day, they often experience a marked dip in energy levels, which can only be relieved by taking a stimulant like coffee or lying down.

In serious cases, sufferers may not be able to hold a proper job, and it may change your body physiology and cause you to look worn out, even for young people. Since the adrenal-pituitary-pineal axis is closely related, adrenal fatigue is a very relevant issue that is only gaining some prominence today, after years of denial by the medical community.

I believe I have been having some form of adrenal fatigue for a long time, but did not connect my condition with adrenal fatigue until some time ago. I believe adrenal fatigue is connected to the growth hormone loop in some way, since taking HGH releasers (consistently over many months) has helped to improve my energy levels.

One thing I would add on this topic is mention Vitamin C. Vitamin C is absolutely essential for adrenal function because most of it is stored in the adrenal glands before the body ejects it via the urinary system. Also, when you exercise and take HGH releasers, you need to significantly up your intake of this essential vitamin because of the increased oxidation stemming from increased oxygen uptake during and after exercise. The need for antioxidants become far greater

I actually take about 4-5 grams of vitamin C daily (without any complaints), and looking to up that a little more, while I have lowered my daily DHEA intake to around 25 mg a day due to replacement with 7-keto DHEA. Vitamin C performs a very useful function in helping the body rebuild broken and damaged cell walls caused by stress.

One of the biggest misnomers for me is that vitamin C is useless in high doses. Rather, the reverse is true, but you really have to test it – Find out for yourself. This article may just change your mind on high dose vitamin C. I’ll post more on adrenal fatigue in the future, but at this point I just want to reiterate that stress is a killer, and if you allow it to fester for prolonged periods, may just result in adrenal fatigue.