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How can I diagnose/treat adrenal fatigue?

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Created July 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Are there any good ways to determine whether or not a person is suffering from adrenal fatigue or cortisol issues? I hear Robb Wolf talk about this a lot but I am unsure of how to diagnose myself. I'm not saying that right now I feel like this is an issue. I think this would be helpful to discuss.

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78417 · June 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM

So what's your story with adrenal problems and successes?

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19220 · February 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

There is certainly plenty of madness there.

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20787 · July 22, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Most thyroid issues these days are autoimmune related, in which case, extra iodine often makes it worse in the long term because it can stimulate increased autoimmune attack. If you suspect thyroid, you should get tested by a doctor who actually knows a lot about thyroid and knows what he/she is doing. One thing you can safely check on your own though is vit D levels.

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20787 · July 22, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Those symptoms sound like symptoms of sick people. Maybe they are just sick because they lead unhealthy lives. How do we know it is adrenal fatigue? Seems like most if not all of those symptoms have been bandied about as symptoms of dozens of others diseases as well. I bet most of them are on the Vit D deficiency symptom list as well. I don't think you can diagnose adrenal probs just from that list of symptoms.

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2374 · July 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Sure. But the real answer is "See your doctor for some bloodwork".

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5516 · July 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM

So add some iodized salt in with my foot and see if any issues go away?

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194 · July 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I don't add any salt to my water, but I do add it to my food. That seems to help.

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5516 · July 20, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Thank you for that link it is pretty helpful. It seems to be a little vague but one of the things I keyed in on was dehydration. It said to add salt to water to up your electrolytes. Is there a way to do this without making excessively salt water perhaps? I know that a high protein diet can be somewhat diuretic so maybe that's part of my issues.

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7970 · July 20, 2010 at 5:55 PM

I'll be following this for sure. I had a Dr. suspect adrenal fatigue, sent me to someone who gave me a lot of expensive supplements for elevated cortisol. I gradually replaced the super expensive supplements from the doctor with mildly costly supplements from Whole Foods - not sure if that was a good idea or not. But I'm looking for ways to keep this under control as well.

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2374 · July 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Genuine adrenal deficiencies are properly diagnosed via bloodwork and treated with corticosteroids. If you suspect an adrenal problem, I strongly urge you to forget about "supplements from Whole Foods" and find an endocrinologist who has a clue about adrenal stuff -- many don't -- for a round of testing. That Natural News list of symptoms linked by terenced is a good one.

Speaking as someone who nearly died from an adrenal crisis many years ago, this is not something to screw around with -- you really don't want full-blown Addison's Disease.

For what it's worth, quite a few people who think they have "adrenal fatigue" end up getting diagnosed with thyroid issues.

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20787 · July 22, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Most thyroid issues these days are autoimmune related, in which case, extra iodine often makes it worse in the long term because it can stimulate increased autoimmune attack. If you suspect thyroid, you should get tested by a doctor who actually knows a lot about thyroid and knows what he/she is doing. One thing you can safely check on your own though is vit D levels.

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2374 · July 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Sure. But the real answer is "See your doctor for some bloodwork".

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5516 · July 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM

So add some iodized salt in with my foot and see if any issues go away?

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20787 · July 20, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Eat healthy, exercise in healthy moderation, get plenty of good sleep, get sufficient UVB sunlight, keep company with good friends and family, and don't let life psychologically stress you out (meditation helps and so does a layed back attitude). Be a good worker but don't forget to set aside sufficient time for play and personal desires. All things in balance. If you do all that, you should be keeping your stress levels relatively low. Besides, I would guess Grok did not live a totally stress free life either. -Eva

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20 · August 01, 2011 at 3:51 AM

I diagnosed myself with adrenal fatigue. My ASI, a saliva test confirmed this. The first endocrinologist told me I needed to see a shrink. When I insisted this was biological, he dug his heels in. I think he was offended I diagnosed myself and had an ASI. After a year I got a second opinion from him. His fellow MD gave me a test, the gold standard ACTH which proved not only did I have adrenal insufficiency (MDs can only tolerate that term) AND hypopituitarism.

So they wanted me on steroids. Bioidentical steroids for adrenals and something made from e coli DNA. I tried the steroids which did little and wiped me out WHEN I forgot to take them. I went to an acupuncturist who yelled at me for asking about MSG in her expensive supplements, a LSA pro specialist who recommeded Nature's Sunshine supplments I then had a reaction to, a naturopath who put me on Standard Process that made me feel the worst ever, and I forget who else. It has been 3 years since the diagnoses and 5 years since I sustained the PTSD and endocrinological damage from working an organic farm. I know, that must be impossible, like priest never molest kids?

Robb Wolf discusses endocrinology most accessibly. Dr. Michael Borkin lectures are uploaded on YouTube in BioMans account (however arrogant Borkin is highly informative). Dr. Lam has some helpful insight and advice. His nutritionist is more affordable. I tried Vit C which she recommeded and I had a bad reaction...In retrospect the cheap Now brand was bad quality.

Ultimately nothing helped. For the past couple months I have been working my way towards a Paleo Diet. I eliminated grains because Robb Wolf reitierated they are inflammatory. I noticed my energy was normal rather than comatose after meals. I inadvertenly eliminated cheese as I usually put it on chips or in pizza. My chronic sore throat went away.

I don't know who I would go to for care. It seems the only person who cares about my recovery is myself. I am teaching myself alternative health. I will keep trying new things. I post a little about my experience on YouTube under the name "researchfiend."

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18671 · July 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I like these sites, but I haven't treated my own adrenals, so I'm only basing this on the plausibility of what they say, not experience:

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/faq/

http://www.drrind.com/therapies/metabolic-faqs

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19220 · February 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

There is certainly plenty of madness there.

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194 · July 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Symptoms: I found this http://www.naturalnews.com/024985_cortisol_blood_adrenal_fatigue.html.

Treatment: I 100% agree with Eva. I believe I was suffering from adrenal fatigue, however, I was never diagnosed. Since I switched to a paleo/primal diet, I have been much better. I fight off colds much more easier than ever before. Sleep and eating paleo was key for me.

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20787 · July 22, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Those symptoms sound like symptoms of sick people. Maybe they are just sick because they lead unhealthy lives. How do we know it is adrenal fatigue? Seems like most if not all of those symptoms have been bandied about as symptoms of dozens of others diseases as well. I bet most of them are on the Vit D deficiency symptom list as well. I don't think you can diagnose adrenal probs just from that list of symptoms.

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194 · July 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I don't add any salt to my water, but I do add it to my food. That seems to help.

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5516 · July 20, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Thank you for that link it is pretty helpful. It seems to be a little vague but one of the things I keyed in on was dehydration. It said to add salt to water to up your electrolytes. Is there a way to do this without making excessively salt water perhaps? I know that a high protein diet can be somewhat diuretic so maybe that's part of my issues.

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18 · February 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM

This is the most comprehensive adrenal fatigue website on the internet. It has helped me tremendously.

http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.asp

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78417 · June 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM

So what's your story with adrenal problems and successes?

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0 · June 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM

It seems safe to gather these answers int o the common light that most here found better suggested results by their own trial and error. Caution still urges safety as you consider that going undiagnosed by a doctor means that a treatment suggested here may be for an entirely different health issue. Rather than telling you my story I will tell you the facts that I have learned: Adrenal health is only the armpit to overall endocrine health. The endocrine system commands the bodie's overall hormone production, including adrenaline, and there are good herbal supplements that aid in balancing this infrastructure. Also, when taking supplements it is suggested you continue them for a few months so you can allow your system to make this new adjustment into a stable pattern. Of course do not continue if you see no, or ill side effects during the first few weeks. Red meat especially is also an inflammatory. I'm a vegetarian, who tries so watches his processed food intake (no fake meats/cheese). I know meat is an addiction that's hard to kick, so good luck. Strive for balance as others here have said! :)

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3979 · June 02, 2012 at 3:24 AM

A high-sodium diet, afternoon naps, going to bed early, and the supplement Drenamin by Standard Process have all helped my adrenal fatigue tremendously. I notice a big difference especially with the salt and the drenamin.

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0 · June 02, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Great info, everyone. As a former adrenal fatigue sufferer, it’s so important to know that there's hope for this chronic and life-altering disease.

I think it’s key to include in your diet foods that provide your body with cholesterol. Coconut oil is something that has worked for me, as well. Taking 2,000-5,000 mg of vitamin C was one of the things that helped me get better.

Here's another site with good info:

http://www.adrenalfatiguenomore.com

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228 · May 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

As a weightlifter I suspected I could have adrenal issues.

I bought "Nutriadrenal'' and for a while it did give notieable results.

I am going to leave it a few months before buying more, I think it may help even if you have a mild problem stressed or engage in intense physical activity, and is cost effective.

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