Let’s talk about adrenal fatigue and the symptoms that could persist if you have adrenal fatigue. This list is not inclusive to the following, sleep issues, feeling exhausted, fatigue, night sweats, anxiety, depression, poor short memory, concentration, foggy thinking, irritability, worry, hair loss, muscle cramps, muscle pain, grinding teeth, muscle loss, restless leg syndrome, salt craving, loss of appetite, blood sugar issues, digestive issues, frequent urination, constipation and or diarrhea, sore throat, light sensitivity, cold hands and feet, no sexual drive, high cholesterol, low blood pressure, heart palpitations as well as many other symptoms.

The frustrating aspect of this long list of symptoms is it mimics many other health challenges with extremely similar symptoms such as thyroid issues, chronic fatigue, insomnia, post traumatic stress and fibromyalgia.

If I break down some of the specifics such as sleep issues, this could include being tired upon waking and crashing in the mid afternoon but have a burst of energy later in the evening. As well as could feel tired but when you go to bed your brain just won’t turn off.

If you look at night sweats, anxiety, loss of sex drive and poor short term memory or foggy thinking it could sound like menopausal symptoms. Doesn’t fibromyalgia have the sleep issues, fatigue, muscle cramps, restless legs and depression?

The surprise health challenge that can come from adrenal fatigue is low platelet count.

So how can you tell if your symptoms are any of the aforementioned health challenges or adrenal fatigue? It is a process of elimination but if you have any thoughts after reading the list of symptoms that it might be adrenal fatigue get your cortisol level tested. It’s a simple blood test. As well as your cortisol level tested you should get your T3, T4 and TSH. If anyone has thyroid issues you will recognize the TSH blood marker. Unfortunately TSH is also an adrenal marker and is not a complete picture of the thyroid. If your T3 and or T4 level is normal but your TSH is high or low it is probably the adrenal gland and not the thyroid. In other words there isn’t just one blood test to determine the full picture for any of the health challenges listed in this article. But if you have not had your adrenals tested and have been diagnosed with any of the aforementioned health issues it is in your best interest to get your adrenals tested.

I think it would be good for you to know that your adrenals are affected by stress. So if you have been under stress your adrenals might be the issue and as I have stated over and over again you have to go to the root cause of your health issues. If your adrenals are stressed you should take heed, it is a serious issue.

Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Homeopath, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.

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