Adrenal Fatigue Treatment in Chicago and Rockford, IL
Responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress through controlling those hormones released during stress, the adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys. When a person is feeling stressed, their body’s adrenal glands naturally release an adrenal hormone called cortisol. Under normal conditions, the body will produce a higher amount of cortisol upon waking up in the morning, and slowly decrease its production throughout the day. However, when stress adds up or is not properly managed, the adrenal glands may be over exerted and may become incapable of producing the necessary levels of cortisol that a body may need – ultimately leading to adrenal fatigue. Perhaps making matters even worse, that hormonal imbalance caused by adrenal fatigue may also negatively affect the body’s other hormones.
Induced by stress, adrenal fatigue is common in both men and women; however, women suffering from post menopause stress account for the majority of those suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Common signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- A reduced sex drive;
- Weight gain;
- Inability to lose weight;
- Becoming lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position;
- Lapse in memory;
- Lack of energy;
- Unexplained pain in the upper back or neck;
- Mild depression;
- Food and or inhalant allergies;
- Dry and thin skin;
- Low body temperature;
- Unexplained hair loss;
- Alternating constipation and diarrhea;
- Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein foods;
- High frequency of getting the flu or other respiratory diseases; and
- Increased symptoms of PMS for women.
A large contributor to adrenal fatigue is the stress caused by a hormonal balance. Bioidential hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be utilized to balance your hormones – including those released during stress. Through BHRT and a customized nutrition and diet program, you can maintain your normal hormone levels and effectively eliminate the symptoms caused by adrenal fatigue.
As with any medical issue, if you suffer from any of the signs of adrenal fatigue it is strongly urged that you seek the assistance of a medical professional. Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic can run the appropriate tests in determining if you are in fact suffering from adrenal fatigue. If they determine you have adrenal fatigue, they will develop an appropriate diet and treatment plan in order to rid you of your symptoms.
Dr. Thakkar and his team can work together with you to ensure your body will have a healthy ratio of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that would work together with BHRT to provide you with relief from adrenal fatigue and in order to prevent such symptoms from returning.
More about Adrenal Fatigue
A collection of signs and symptoms, adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that stems from the adrenal glands functioning below its normal levels. Typically resulting from stress, adrenal fatigue can also stem from respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
Commonly produced when the body cannot adequately meet the demands of stress, adrenal fatigue plagues an estimated 16 percent of the U.S. population. Intended to mobilize your body’s responses from physical, emotional, and/or psychological stress, adrenal glands regulate energy production and storage, heart rate, muscle tone, immune functions, and other internal processes that may relate to managing stress. When inflicted with adrenal fatigue, a person’s adrenal glands are no longer functioning and a high enough production level to maintain optimal homeostasis due to over stimulation. Due to the below normal production of adrenal glands, people suffering from adrenal fatigue may often feel tired and depressed throughout the day, requiring caffeine or other supplements to give them the energy they need to go about their daily activities. While the body will work hard to balance out the underperforming adrenal glands, doing so will make a person’s body more susceptible to other medical issues.
Who can Suffer from Adrenal Fatigue?
In short, the answer is everyone. While every day stresses such as work, school, or other daily activities can lead to adrenal fatigue, so can life crisis such as the loss of a loved one. While certain stresses are unavoidable, there are factors that can make a person more susceptible to adrenal fatigue that can be controlled, such as poor diet, substance abuse, and not allowing enough time for a healthy amount of rest.
Do I Have Adrenal Fatigue?
As stated previously, adrenal fatigue is a common syndrome inflicting a large portion of the U.S. population. While the majority of symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue could be short-term symptoms that are likely attributed to less pertinent issues, if you consistently notice that you are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
You may be suffering from adrenal fatigue if you are:
- Regularly tired/fatigued;
- Consistently feel stressed/overwhelmed;
- Regularly craving salty and sweet food; or
- Having trouble to get moving in the morning – regardless of how much sleep you had.
If you notice yourself consistently plagued by any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is recommended that you contact Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic in order to properly identify and treat your symptoms and recapture the lifestyle you wish to enjoy.