14 Ways to Check If You Really Have Adrenal Fatigue
A person who feels tired all the time no matter how much they sleep, who feels that they simply can’t cope with the normal, day-to-day strains and stresses of life and who lacks interest in things that used to give them pleasure may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
What Is Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue happens when the adrenal glands are stressed to the point where they don’t do their job of releasing stress hormones into the body as effectively as they could. These hormones include epinephrine, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones help to control the body’s immune system and heart rate. This leads to a wide range of symptoms that stops short of the life-threatening condition of the adrenal glands called Addison’s disease.
People who are most likely to develop adrenal fatigue are those subjected to increased levels of stress, including that caused by injury, poor diet, drug abuse and conditions such as pregnancy.
Though there isn’t one diagnostic test to determine whether a person has adrenal fatigue, there are tests that can help a doctor make a diagnosis in conjunction with the patient’s symptoms.
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1. Cortisol Saliva Testing
This test checks the levels of adrenal hormones found in the saliva. It is conducted at least four times over a 24 hour period. This is because cortisol levels vary over the course of a day.
2. ACTH Challenge Test
In this test, the doctor measures the patient’s adrenal hormone levels, then gives them an injection of adrenal corticotrophic hormone, or ACTH. This hormone stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete stress hormones. The doctor then checks the levels of hormones the adrenal gland secretes. If they are lower than normal, adrenal fatigue is suspected.