Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

Causes

Stress can help you perform under pressure. It can motivate you to do your best. But when you are constantly stressed, your body and mind pay the price. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of chronic stress and adrenal fatigue and bring your nervous system back into balance.

Stress actually protects you and helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. It can save your life by giving you extra strength to defend yourself, or kick you into overdrive to slam on the brakes and avoid a crash.

Beyond a certain point, though, stress can cause major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and quality of life.

Stress is stress

Your body does not distinguish between good stress and bad stress. You may find yourself in chronic stress—always stressed out. Chronic stress can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. All the while, it rewires your brain, leaving you vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Causes of stress

In a word, life causes stress. The most stressful life events range from death of a spouse to retirement, or from marriage to divorce.

Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Cognitive symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying

Emotional symptoms

  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems

Physical symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds or flu

Behavioral symptoms

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g., nail biting, pacing)

Dealing with adrenal fatigue

Cortisol, a steroid hormone made in the adrenal gland, helps your body deal with stress. It helps to increase blood sugar and suppress the immune system. It also helps your body metabolize fat, protein, and carbohydrates, and decreases bone formation.

Adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands produce inadequate amounts of cortisol. When the glands produce inadequate aldosterone, which regulates sodium conservation, you may have a craving for salty foods. There is little evidence, however, that chronic stress actually causes adrenal fatigue, or induces the adrenal gland to produce too little cortisol.

Treatment of stress

Always accompany your lifestyle changes to reduce stress with a doctor’s treatment. Dr. Nangrani will test you for adrenal insufficiency, production of cortisol, insulin tolerance. After tests, she will design a program with you to reduce the effects of stress on your life.

Call now for a consultation and a pathway out of a stressful condition!

You are our top priority. Our North Houston office in The Woodlands, Texas, is located only 10 minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway) and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We offer you a free consultation for personalized information. Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office to schedule your consultation (281) 298-5476

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