Adrenal Fatigue Treatment Q&A
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe collection of non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue, body aches, and mood disturbances, which are attributed to the adrenal glands not functioning optimally. If you are feeling the effects of adrenal fatigue or HPA axis dysfunction, contact Optimal Balance Center to discuss diagnostic and treatment options with Dr. Kevin Fite. For more information, contact us or request an appointment online today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660.
Table of Contents:
What exactly is “adrenal fatigue”?
What are common signs or symptoms of HPA axis dysfunction?
What causes adrenal fatigue/HPA axis dysfunction?
How is adrenal fatigue/HPA axis dysfunction diagnosed and treated?
Adrenal fatigue is now also referred to as HPA axis dysfunction. This axis involves your Hypothalamus (H), your Pituitary Gland (P), and your Adrenal Gland (A), and all work in conjunction to regulate your body’s stress response. When this regulation fails, unhealthy levels of cortisol are produced. As with practically every hormone in your body, the right amount of cortisol is needed, too much or too little causes problems.
• Chronic, and sometimes debilitating fatigue
• Lack of energy
• Weight gain of difficulty losing weight
• Cravings for carbohydrates, caffeine or salt
• Anxiety and depression
• Brain fog/lack of focus/memory loss
• Lowered immune function
• Gastrointestinal problems including bloating
For most of us, exposure to unhealthy levels of stress or for a prolonged amount of time can result in the over-production of the body’s stress hormone called cortisol. Eventually, the adrenals can become overworked and no longer meet the demands for regulating the correct response to stress and dysregulation. Chronic illness, poor diet, and poor sleep quality are also other factors that can often play a role.
At Optimal Balance Center, we take a very detailed approach including taking an in-depth look at your medical history and symptoms. Testing for HPA axis dysfunction will include a multi-point saliva collection for cortisol levels to ensure appropriate amounts of the hormone are being excreted at the appropriate times throughout the day. Treatment options vary from patient to patient but most often include natural targeted supplementation and modifying ongoing risk factors.
If you would like to know more about adrenal fatigue or are looking for an adrenal fatigue specialist near you, contact us today! Call us for more information or request an appointment today! We are conveniently located at 701 FM 685, Ste 125 Pflugerville, TX 78660. We Serve Patients from Pflugerville TX, Austin TX, Round Rock TX, Hutto TX, Georgetown TX, Cedar Park TX, Taylor TX, and Manor TX.