The Truth about Adrenal Fatigue

Stress has always been a part of life. Our adrenal system was designed for extreme survival situations like, being chased by a predator. You’ve probably heard this described as “flight or fight” reactions. These days the kind of stress we experience has changed and occurs more frequently due to our fast-paced lives. Over time, that means we’re responding as if we’re about to be eaten by a wild animal multiple times a day. Adrenal fatigue is thought to be the result of this response. The good news is that hormone imbalances such as adrenal fatigue can be treated with things like bioidentical hormones.

How do you know if you’re experiencing adrenal fatigue or other types of hormone imbalance? Keep reading, and you’ll discover 7 of the most common symptoms.

1. Extreme fatigue

One of the most common symptoms with adrenal issues, like adrenal fatigue, is extreme fatigue. If you’ve been feeling tired, suffered from a lack of energy, or had problems sleeping and experience daytime fatigue, it might be from a problem with your adrenal glands.

2. Anxiety

If you’re feeling anxious for no reason or experiencing things like panic attacks, it could be your adrenal glands. A physician experienced in diagnosing adrenal fatigue can order tests to determine if your adrenal glands are producing enough hormones like cortisol. If there’s a problem, bioidentical hormones can help alleviate your symptoms and are better for you than synthetic hormones.

3. Hair loss

Hormone imbalances like those caused by adrenal fatigue can cause problems like hair loss. Since your adrenal glands play a part in the production of more than just cortisol. Adrenal deficiencies also affect the production of two hormones, testosterone, and DHEA, which are both involved in hair production. If your hair is falling out and you’re experiencing other symptoms of adrenal fatigue, it’s time to make an appointment with a physician who can order the right tests and who takes your symptoms seriously.

4. Lightheadedness

If you feel lightheaded, especially when you stand up quickly after sitting or lying down, it could be adrenal problems like adrenal fatigue. Besides fatigue and low energy, dizziness is a common issue associated with the condition. It’s also common in other health issues, so testing is always necessary to get to the bottom of what’s going on, but hormone therapy, especially with bioidentical treatments, can help solve the problem if the tests confirm a hormone deficiency like adrenal fatigue.

5. Problems coping with stress

Some physicians and naturopaths believe that over time things like trauma and stress can tax our adrenal glands and cause hormone deficiencies and imbalance. If you often feel overwhelmed, moody, or have a hard time coping with even minor stress, you could be having hormonal issues related to adrenal fatigue or insufficiency. It’s important you get help and have these symptoms evaluated to get to the root of the problem, but if it is a hormone deficiency, then a treatment plan that includes hormone replacement might be the solution.

6. Depression

If you’re feeling severely depressed or having thoughts of self-harm, you should get help right away. Sometimes depression is a condition on its own, but other times it’s a sign that something else is wrong. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced medical professional who takes a holistic approach to your health evaluate you for adrenal fatigue and other conditions. A naturopathic approach to hormone imbalance and depression can provide you with options that allow you to pursue treatments that don’t involve harsh medications.

7. Headaches

If you suffer from migraine headaches or chronic sinus headaches, as well as allergy symptoms like congestion, nasal drip, asthma, cough, and skin conditions like rashes, itching, and eczema, your pain and suffering could be the result of adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue. Even if hormonal imbalance isn’t the culprit, making an appointment with a functional medicine specialist can help you discover what’s going on and if bioidentical hormone therapy is the answer.


Although it’s unclear if adrenal fatigue is a separate condition or a sign of other issues such as fibromyalgia, or hormone imbalances, it’s clear something is going on. Even doctors who don’t know if adrenal fatigue is real or if it’s a part of another condition, accept that people are having real symptoms and need answers as well as treatment. While hormone replacement might not be the answer for everyone, if tests show that imbalances in things like cortisol, testosterone, and DHEA are the problem, then treatment with bioidentical hormones can help.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described, talk to your doctor and seek out the help of a functional medicine specialist. We’re happy to help answer the questions and concerns of people everywhere. Just fill out the contact form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you’re in the Thousand Oaks, CA area, give us a call at (805) 435-1200 to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Lawrence

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