Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Adrenal Fatigue is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS. This is a devastating and complex disorder in which the endocrine system is damaged and unable to maintain proper communication throughout the endocrine system.
People that suffer from adrenal fatigue have overwhelming fatigue from the time they wake up in the morning until they go to bed at night. These people do not get restful sleep and are deprived of the natural rejuvenation that takes place during REM (Rapid Eye Movement). Restful sleep does not occur, and as a consequence the body is unable to completely repair. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can also get confused with symptoms of fibromyalgia because they share some of the same characteristics. This is one of the reasons why diagnosis can be very difficult.
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Consider a diagnosis of Adrenal Fatigue if these three criteria are met:
- The individual has severe chronic fatigue for 6 or more consecutive months that is not due to ongoing exertion or other medical conditions associated with fatigue (Example, Low Red Blood Cell Count (RBC)
- The fatigue interferes with daily activities and lowers the quality of life
- The person concurrently has 4 or more of the following 10 symptoms:
- Un-refreshing sleep
- Significant impairment of short-term memory
- Lack of concentration
- Malaise lasting more than 24 hours
- Memory problems
- Abnormally low diastolic blood pressure
Un-refreshed sleep is the most important symptom on the list. A person that has Chronic Fatigue does not awakened refreshed and well rested in the morning. Extreme stress can trigger this condition, surgical procedures, giving birth, the death of a close family member, mineral deficiencies, and allopathic drugs. Additionally, patients suffering from adrenal fatigue typically function at a substantially lower level of activity than they were capable of before they became ill.
Because many illnesses have fatigue as a symptom, you need to take care to address other conditions—in addition to the adrenal fatigue– because the person could be suffering from multiple disorders. Examples: Magnesium deficiency can cause other insufficiencies leading to adrenal damage which can cause adrenal fatigue. With poorly controlled type II diabetes, sugar fluctuations can lead to adrenal exhaustion which can manifest as despair within the disease state. With type I and type II diabetes, adrenal fatigue seems to be a common complaint– especially if they are suffering from brittle diabetes, or dawn phenomenon which can simply be a symptom of adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion.
Once again, the major contributors to adrenal fatigue are stress, improper sleeping habitats, and allopathic drugs like prednisone– this drug is specifically known to cause adrenal damage.