You may not be familiar with adrenal fatigue but you are most likely familiar with adrenaline. Adrenaline is released to give the body a surge of energy when it is under stress. The stress could be an athlete’s mental push to make the winning play in a championship game or a mother’s lightening quick run to move her child out of the path of a moving car. Or, the adrenaline inducing event could simply be the stress of a morning commute in traffic. The body cannot differentiate between these various kinds of stress. It only responds.
Usually when people think of stress they think of the psychological impacts but adrenal fatigue—also called adrenal exhaustion or cortisol disorder—is the physiological result of ongoing stress. It can come about from excessive exercise, physical overexertion, and psychological stress on a regular basis. It can also result from prolonged disease, toxicity or hidden infections in the body.
There are many signs and symptoms that could point toward adrenal fatigue. Three key signs are:
- Chronic and unexplained pains and muscle spasms
- Excessive fatigue that makes it almost unbearable to get out of bed in the morning
- Recurring inflammation and infections without any obvious cause
If you find yourself tired and depressed, and have experienced any of these three symptoms, you may be battling adrenal fatigue. Find out what is going on with your body by getting a full health evaluation with Dr. Elena Klimenko, an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City, or a similar doctor in your local area.
You can recover from adrenal fatigue with proper diagnosis. You also may need effective treatment that addresses the root causes of your condition rather than only prescription pills to address the symptoms while the underlying factors continue to create other potential health problems for you in the future.
Dr. Elena Klimenko, MD is an integrative and functional medicine physician in New York City. She specializes in helping unhealthy people get well, and healthy people stay well, through the power of traditional and alternative medicine. At her practice, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Medical P.C., you will get compassionate, preventive care. Dr. Klimenko provides the attention you deserve, real answers about your health, and personalized treatments for your total wellness. For an appointment call 212-696-4325.