Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for February 15, 2007


ADRENAL BURNOUT SYNDROME

Thousands of people suffer from constant fatigue, unrelieved by rest and sleep. This is the main symptom of adrenal burnout syndrome. Other symptoms may include a craving for sweets, low blood pressure and blood sugar, irritability and depression. Low energy impairs every system of the body. Secondary symptoms range from impaired digestion to infections. Toxic emotions accumulate with adrenal burnout. The world looks bad, people are evil, and a hopeless attitude is not uncommon.

The condition is also called adrenal hypofunction, exhaustion or insufficiency. Unlike fatigue, one’s energy does not return after a good night’s rest. Burnout is a more serious derangement of the bodyís energy system.

The adrenals are the major glands the body uses to respond to stress. Its hormones raise the blood sugar and blood pressure, and promote energy production. Adrenalin or epinephrine is used for emergencies. Longer-acting anti-stress adrenal hormones cortisone and cortisol. Aldosterone, another adrenal hormone, retains sodium and increases the blood pressure. Related closely to the sympathetic nervous system, the fight-or-flight response it is called. When the adrenals become depleted, the body is unable to handle stress.

Most physicians do not diagnose adrenal burnout syndrome. Rarely, if enough tests are run, it may be called Addisonís disease. This doctors consider incurable. Recovery from adrenal burnout, however, is definitely possible.

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February 15, 2007 - Posted by | Health | ,

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