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How do I know if I have adrenal fatigue?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Adrenal fatigue is a term that some providers use to describe chronic exhaustion.  People with the diagnosis are people who have chronic levels of stress and feel depleted.  This is not an established medical term.
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Proponents will diagnose adrenal fatigue in people with symptoms of fatigue, low energy (especially in the morning), food cravings, or feeling more energetic in the evening. According to this model, the adrenal glands’ function can be abnormal even if blood testing is normal. Unfortunately, these symptoms are common and can be accounted for by many conditions, including thyroid disease, sleep disturbances, stress and depression.
Aviva J. Romm, MD
Family Medicine
Some of the symptoms that may suggest adrenal fatigue include tiredness upon waking, needing a mid-afternoon caffeine boost, craving carbs, and chronic low blood pressure. Watch as integrative medicine expert Aviva Romm, MD, discusses these symptoms.
Susan S. Blum, MD
Preventive Medicine

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include chronic exhaustion, inflammation in the body (joint/muscle pain), and for menopausal women, worsened symptoms. Watch as functional medicine expert Susan Blum, MD, discusses the signs of a sluggish adrenal system.

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