Adrenal fatigue is a condition caused when your adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormones that are released during times of stress. These hormones control energy production and storage, immune system, heart rate, and muscle tone. When your adrenal glands become overworked due to long-term stress, they may not release the necessary amounts of these hormones. If you feel you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, read on to know the symptoms and your treatment options.
Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue are very fitting for the name. You may feel excessively tired for a majority of the day, have a hard time waking in the morning regardless of when you went to bed, crave salty or sweet snacks, and are more awake after 6 pm. If you have these symptoms, you should speak with your doctor about the possibility of adrenal fatigue syndrome. Your doctor can run tests to check your hormone levels.
Underlying Health Conditions That Can Lead To Adrenal Fatigue
Many health conditions can contribute to adrenal fatigue. Chronic health issues put stress on your body, which causes your adrenal glands to release extra hormones in reaction to the stress. The longer the glands produce extra hormones, the more fatigued they can become. One of the most common chronic conditions responsible for adrenal fatigue is arthritis. Many doctors treat arthritis with corticosteroids, which cause decreased adrenal function by mimicking the hormones the glands release.
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment Options
Once you have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue syndrome, your doctor will recommend treatment options. These usually include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise as well as hormone replacement therapies. While you can pick up synthetic hormone replacements at your local pharmacy, not all hormones are the same quality. Synthetic hormones often contain additional chemicals as a way for the drug manufacturer to patent the product.
Safe And Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Our compounding pharmacy is able to use natural hormones in your treatment. This method is called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). These hormones are produced in the same pattern as the naturally occurring hormones allowing you to treat your adrenal fatigue in the most natural and least intrusive way. Before using synthetic hormones, ask your doctor about BHRT for your hormone replacement needs.
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Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.