Friday, July 31, 2015

How Can You Test to See If You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

You level of adrenal fatigue can be tested by checking the level of the adrenal hormone, cortisone, in your blood stream (hormone outside your cell), and saliva test which measures the adrenal hormones within your cells. The saliva test can be done several times a day. If the level is below the normal level, you may have adrenal fatigue. It it is severely low (70% lower than normal), then you may have Addison's Disease.

You can also check your pupils. If your pupils do not dilate (become smaller) or stay dilated in bright light, you may have low adrenal function. Low blood pressure, especially why you stand quickly can also be an other indicator of low adrenal function.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Adrenal Fatigue and Pregnancy

I have been asked if I had Addison's Disease when I was pregnant. Since Addison's Disease is a common term for primary adrenal insufficiency, it is a matter of degree. I had not gotten to the point where I had an adrenal crisis, but my adrenal glands were not functioning well and my cortisone production was probably low. Each pregnancy I became more ill and recovered less. I was extremely fatigued, weak, and very nauseous the entire time I was pregnant. This woman wanted to know how to tell the difference between being pregnant and approaching adrenal crisis.

That is a very serious question. I think with me it was both- I had more symptoms from pregnancy because my adrenal glands were not able to give me the support my body needed with the increased demands of pregnancy, and I was having symptoms from low adrenal.

Both pregnancy and Addison's Disease (or low adrenal function) can make you very tired. Usually, in pregnancy you start to feel better after a few months. I felt more and more tired as the stress of pregnancy continued. With pregnancy I felt more sleepy and just tired, while I felt more a sense of terrible deep fatigue with low adrenal. I had trouble lifting my arms or even blinking. It was a tiredness that went all through me.