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Adrenal Fatigue is different from chronic fatigue although both are hugely debilitating. Adrenal fatigue occurs when according to Natural Health your adrenal glands, hypothalamus and pituitary gland (the HPA axis) are not functioning together optimally.

Your adrenal glands are positioned above your kidneys and they perform important functions in supporting your health. There main function is to improve efficiency of your body’s reaction to stress by releasing hormones. These then help to regulate your heart rate, immune system, energy storage and much more.

When your body is working correctly then your health will not be compromised but when your adrenal glands are overworked for a long time, they start to debilitate and you then start feeling completely whacked.

They say that some of the causes for adrenal fatigue include long term stress from jobs, chronic pain/disease, and family relationships. This can then exhaust the adrenals so much thar they stop functioning properly. The symptoms are so similar to CFS and or Fibro which include tiredness, trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning, salt and sugar craving, and needing stimulants like caffeine to get through the day. These symptoms are common and non-specific, meaning they can be found in many diseases. They also can occur as part of a normal, busy life.

Another problem which is a bit like Fibro in that it is an under-diagnosed and not a recognised condition so getting a proper diagnosis can be quite hard. Sometimes, a blood or saliva test may be offered, but tests for adrenal fatigue are not based on scientific facts or supported by good scientific studies, so the results and analysis of these tests may not be correct.

Because of this treatment could be a holistic approach so you could maybe go and see a practitioner from The Complimentary Medical Association.