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What are the symptoms of adrenal imbalance or fatigue?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
Adrenal fatigue isn’t an established medical term, but it’s sometimes used to mean exhaustion caused by chronic stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include general body aches, fatigue, dizziness, hair loss and trouble sleeping. 
Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Symptoms of poor adrenal function can be vague and nonspecific. Most people with proven adrenal insufficiency (also called Addison’s disease) just don’t feel well and have fatigue, low energy levels that get better with rest and worsen with activity, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Adrenal fatigue is an unproven condition that shares many of these symptoms but in which laboratory testing for adrenal function is normal.
Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
The symptoms of an adrenal imbalance such as adrenaline fatigue include:
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Nervousness
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Depression
  • Allergies
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Abdominal cramps

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