Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include: fatigue, difficulty focusing and reduced cognitive ability, feeling tired but wired, anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleepiness, waking unrested, extreme exhaustion, low libido, digestive symptoms, craving salt, general weakness and feeling unwell, fatigue after a period of stress or work, getting sick often, headaches, cold hands and feet, reduced thyroid function, weight loss / weight gain. Honestly, a wide array of symptoms, and no two people are the same!
Adrenal fatigue can be presented differently, depending on your tendency. If you are in the resistance stage, fighting stress stage, you may be feeling ‘wired but tired’, anxiety, irritability, high blood pressure, and weight changes. Being in resistance stage for awhile, will tell your adrenals to pump too much cortisol – they will get tired eventually. This is when you will enter the burn out stage where you are more susceptible to infections, depression, low mood etc.
Every person is different and it’s important to recognize your hormonal pattern. Your cortisol should peak about 1 hour after waking up (8 AM) and again peak slightly around 12 PM. Cortisol should be the lowest at night and during sleep. Adrenal fatigue can throw off this pattern making you produce too much at the wrong time or too little during necessary times.
Dr. Tali uses salivary hormonal testing in order to assess the kind of support you need and understand your pattern better to customize a treatment plan. Depending on your needs, a comprehensive hormonal panel may be suggested if other systems in the body are involved such as thyroid, menstrual cycle etc.