Adrenal Fatigue Treatment Specialist in Flossmoor, IL
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
While clinical studies do not support the existence of adrenal fatigue, the term is used in functional medicine to describe a collection of signs and symptoms caused by the (believed) inadequate production of the hormone cortisol that include fatigue, body aches, and digestive problems.
Bioidentical hormone treatment may be able to treat the symptoms of adrenal fatigue by addressing this change in hormone levels.
If you believe that you're suffering from symptoms of adrenal fatigue and are looking for an adrenal fatigue specialist in Flossmoor, call (708) 980-0566 or contact Rita N. Oganwu MDSC online!
What are the Causes of Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and produce a variety of very important hormones, including cortisol. Often called the stress hormone, cortisol helps regulate your immune system, blood sugar, and "fight-or-flight" response.
Practitioners of non-traditional medicine believe that due to recurring or chronic stress, the adrenal glands can run out of the cholesterol and pregnenolone needed to produce cortisol. This can lead to lower levels of cortisol in the body, which can in turn affect the levels of other hormones like progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
One cause of adrenal fatigue is believed to be Addison's disease. Also known as primary adrenal insufficiency, Addison's disease is a condition that prevents your adrenal glands from making enough hormones.
Proponents of adrenal fatigue believe that adrenal fatigue is a mild form of Addison's disease caused by chronic stress. You might have Addison's disease if you are experiencing dizziness, lack of menstrual cycles (amenorrhea), or if the skin on your palms, knuckles, elbows, and knees becomes abnormally dark. Causes of Addison's disease can also include tuberculosis (TB) and lymphoma.
Other Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Other causes of adrenal fatigue may include:
- Chronic diseases like asthma and arthritis can cause inflammation, which triggers the production of cortisol to counteract the inflammation
- A diet high in sugar, which causes adrenals to produce more cortisol
- Antibiotics and chemotherapy, which may greatly stress the endocrine system
- Physical trauma like surgery or car crashes, which may overload the adrenal glands
- Chemicals like chlorine and pesticides, which may disrupt adrenal function
What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Body aches or lower back pain
- Dry skin
- Frequent urination
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased libido
- Cravings for sweet or salty snacks
- Weight gain or weight loss
Some healthcare professionals believe that adrenal fatigue can affect all areas of your life; it may sap your energy, cause you physical discomfort, and negatively affect your mood. In severe cases, adrenal fatigue may render you so tired you will find it difficult to get up for more than a few hours a day.
Diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue
An adrenal fatigue diagnosis may involve a saliva test to help determine your adrenal stress index or cortisol blood samples to evaluate your body's response to stress. If a positive diagnosis is made, an experienced adrenal fatigue healthcare specialist in Flossmoor will then help create a treatment plan for you.
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment in Flossmoor
Possible treatments for adrenal fatigue may include:
- Keeping your blood sugar levels steady with small, regular meals filled with foods that don't cause a rapid increase in blood sugar (low glycemic index), like oatmeal, corn, and fruits
- Meditation to cease cortisol production
- Herbs like rhodiola and licorice root to restore adrenal function
- Sleeping regularly to adjust your cortisol cycle
As those who may suffer from adrenal fatigue are often said to experience hormonal imbalances in testosterone, estrogen, pregnenolone, DHEA, or progesterone, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be recommended to try and counteract these imbalances by utilizing hormones that are structurally identical to the ones your body produces. These hormones are bioidentical because they are created from organic plant materials such as yams and soy beans, not synthesized in a lab.
What to Expect from BHRT Treatment?
Before adrenal hormone replacement therapy begins, your healthcare provider will measure your baseline hormone levels using a blood test in order to understand which hormones you need and how much of them you need. From there, your healthcare provider will be able to create a personalized adrenal fatigue treatment plan for you.
Bioidentical hormones can be administered through creams, injections, or pellets. Your treatment plan will start with small doses that may slowly increase as time goes on. Throughout your treatment, your healthcare provider will conduct blood tests at intervals to monitor your hormone levels and make changes to the treatment as needed.
The Endocrine Society urges patients to be cautious when seeking treatment for adrenal fatigue, as there is no scientific evidence to back up the existence of adrenal fatigue, and taking extra cortisol may cause weight gain, impaired healing, and fragile skin. Make sure to discuss the risks and benefits of BHRT for adrenal fatigue with your healthcare provider.
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While not an accepted medical diagnosis, many alternative medicine practitioners believe that adrenal fatigue to be a real cause of discomfort for many people. Some believe that your body may be able to function at its best by addressing both the adrenal gland dysfunction and resulting hormonal imbalances with BHRT.
To learn more about hormone treatment for adrenal fatigue in Flossmoor, call (708) 980-0566 or contact Rita N. Oganwu MDSC online.
Rita N. Oganwu MDSC
Address19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL 60422
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