Adrenal Fatigue in Fibromyalgia

According to Endocrine Society “No scientific proof exists to support adrenal fatigue as a true medical condition”. But if you have a stressful job; are a shift worker, working student, or single parent; or if you abuse alcohol or drugs, you may develop this condition.

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.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue and relation with Fibromyalgia

Supporters of adrenal fatigue believe the problem begins when many different life stresses become too much for the body to handle. Our adrenal glands—small organs located above the kidneys—usually deal with stress by producing hormones like cortisol. According to the theory of adrenal fatigue, when people are faced with long-term stress, their adrenal glands cannot keep up with the body’s need for these hormones. When this happens, symptoms of “adrenal fatigue” may appear.

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.

How is adrenal fatigue diagnosed?

There is no test that can detect adrenal fatigue. Many times, a person will be told he or she has adrenal fatigue based on symptoms alone. Sometimes, a blood or saliva test may be offered, but tests for adrenal fatigue are not based on scientific facts or supported by good scientific studies, so the results and analysis of these tests may not be correct.

What should you do if you have been told you have adrenal fatigue?

Doctors urge you not to waste precious time accepting an unproven diagnosis such as “adrenal fatigue” if you feel tired, weak, or depressed. If you have these symptoms, you may have adrenal insufficiency, depression, obstructive sleep apnea, or other health problems. Getting a real diagnosis is very important to help you feel better and overcome your health problem. ff

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