If you are constantly feeling weary but still wake up every day between 1 and 3 am and can’t quickly go back to sleep, you probably suffer from chronic fatigue. With the everyday hustle and bustle, you may be experiencing physical and emotional exhaustion that may put stress on the adrenal gland. When the glands become overwhelmed by chronic stress or poor diet, it can lead to adrenal burnout. Adrenal glands mainly manage the body’s response to stress. If they are not working properly, it may lead to chronic fatigue.

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Low sex drive
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Brain fog
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • General back and joint pain
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Intense cravings for fatty, sugary, salty foods and caffeine
  • Gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, indigestion, constipation, or bloating

Anyone can get chronic fatigue. However, women are more likely to experience chronic fatigue than men. The condition can occur at any age, although it is most common in people between 20 and 50. Lifestyle habits also contribute to chronic fatigue, such as inadequate sleep, poor feeding habits, substance abuse, chronic illness, and prolonged stress.

Stress management helps keep chronic fatigue at bay. It is essential to find out the underlying cause of stress and balance cortisol and insulin levels. Getting adequate, quality sleep significantly goes a long way in managing and recovering from chronic stress. Treatments like acupuncture, cupping therapy, and IV therapy successfully help with stress management. 

A healthy balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates, low sugar intake, healthy fats/oils, protein, fruit, and vegetables helps manage and prevent chronic fatigue and keeps hormonal levels in check. Taking supplements and staying hydrated throughout the day is also incredibly beneficial.

Unfortunately, patients suffering from adrenal fatigue are often misdiagnosed as depression, fibromyalgia, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome. When misdiagnosed, patients are given prescription medication that does not effectively relieve the symptom they are experiencing. Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor is the best way to get a thorough assessment and testing to get an accurate diagnosis. 

Our doctors accurately diagnose and treat chronic fatigue at Suncoast Family Urgent Care & Wellness Center. We perform comprehensive tests that help determine what is causing chronic fatigue. Once we get to the root cause, we customize treatment plans that will help restore function, regain energy levels and improve overall wellbeing. 

If you want to learn more about chronic fatigue, would you like to schedule an appointment? Please get in touch with us today.