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Other Arthritis-like Diseases (Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome)
In my last few blogs, I covered many arthritis-like diseases that affect children and/or adults. Today I will discuss Adrenal Fatigue Syndromewhich is a disease that can cause joint and body pain, but is not classes as arthritis. I explained that arthritis is a general term used to cover over 100 diseases of the musculoskeletal system that affect the joints, muscles, bones, cartilage, and connective tissues.
About Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a term used for a collection of non-specific group of symptoms including body aches and pains, digestive problems, sleep deprivation, nervousness, and fatigue, although it is not an official medical terminology. Adrenal fatigue has many symptoms like Addison’s Disease, but there are tests to diagnose Addison’s, which is an autoimmune disease, but there are no specific tests or markers for adrenal fatigue that is recognized by the medical profession.
The adrenal glands are the body’s alert system in fight or flight situations. Low levels of adrenal hormones make the body unable to be sufficiently aroused to respond in emergency situations.
The adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones that are essential for us to live and survive. The term adrenal insufficiency or (Addison’s Disease), refers to the body’s inability to produce adequate amounts of one or more of these hormones, usually because of some underlying medical causes. Adrenal fatigue acts like a mild form of adrenal insufficiency which is caused by chronic stress. But adrenal in sufficiency can be treated with hormones to replace the levels, while adrenal fatigue has no such specific treatment.
Adrenal fatigue can also occur after chronic infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, and influenza. Though there may not be any readily identifiable symptoms, people with adrenal fatigue live with tiredness and a general feeling of unwellness.
Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency Include:
- Body aches and pains
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of body hair
- Low blood pressure
- Hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration)
- Trouble thinking clearly
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
- Constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue
- Dry skin
- Frequent urination
- Joint and body pain
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Loss of muscle tone
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Loss of body hair
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble getting out of bed, even after a good night’s sleep
- Low sex drive
- Problems with digestion
- Increased craving for salt and sugar
- Irregular period
- Extreme sensitivity to cold
Ongoing stress over a long period that is not addressed, combined with poor diet and poor sleep habits
The doctor will do blood tests, and special stimulation tests to check for adrenal levels in the body. But most doctors are not aware of adrenal fatigue.
While there is no prescribed treatment for adrenal fatigue. There are some common sense ways to help reduce the symptoms such as:
- Avoiding conflict and stressful situations
- Prayer and meditation
- Thinking loving thoughts
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic)
- Avoid coffee, alcohol, and other stimulants.
- Getting adequate sleep (try to go to bed at the same time each night).
- Getting adequate exercise
- Drink enough water
Ask your health care provider about vitamins and supplements that aid the adrenal glands and help diminish symptoms.
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Reference sources include:
www.mayoclinic.org/,,,/addision.,,,/adrenalfatigue; https”//adrenalfatigue.org/what-is-adrenal-fatigue; www.webmed.com/a-to-z-guides/features/adrenal-fatigue/is-it-real;
www.global healing center.com/what-is-adrenal-fatigue’; https://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/adrenal-fatigue-symptoms;