How is adrenal fatigue diagnosed?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe fatigue caused by chronic stress. There is no way to diagnose adrenal fatigue other than by your symptom history. It is important to make sure that you do not have adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s disease, which can be fatal.  In this condition there is a lack of adrenal hormones. Addison’s disease can be diagnosed with blood tests. 
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Among those who believe in adrenal fatigue, symptoms alone can make the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue. Blood testing is usually normal. Saliva tests are frequently recommended by alternative providers, but you should be careful to find a reputable laboratory that is CLIA certified in your state.
Aviva J. Romm, MD
Family Medicine
Adrenal fatigue is a clinical diagnosis, meaning there is no test that confirms it; symptoms must be examined to rule out various causes. Watch integrative medicine expert Aviva Romm, MD, explain the methods doctors use to diagnose adrenal fatigue.

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