A new topic on fibromyalgia that has been brought to my attention is adrenal fatigue. I first became aware of it after my husband read an article about it. I have also seen many articles about the topic of social media. With so much talk about adrenal fatigue in a week, I decided to do a little bit of research. I was shocked about what I found and how fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue are related.
What are the adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and are located just above your kidneys. The glands are responsible for regulating over 50 hormones that regulate a majority of the body’s functions including sleep, digestion, growth, and emotions.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue comes from too much stress on the body causing the adrenal glands to overproduce, or underproduce, the hormones used to regulate the functions in your body.
What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
When the adrenal glands are either producing too much or none at all, the hormones regulated by the glands are negatively affected. As stated in the above paragraph, hormones help with sleep, digestion, growth, emotions, and other bodily functions. This makes sense as to why these functions are affected when the glands are not producing the right amount of hormones.
- foggy thinking
- excess weight around the abdominal area
- recurring infections
- inability to fight infections
- skin rashes
- trouble sleeping
As you can see, a lot, if not all, of these symptoms are the same symptoms seen in fibromyalgia patients. So how do we know what is fibromyalgia and what is adrenal fatigue?
What are the treatments for adrenal fatigue?
Ask your doctor about low-dose Adrenal hormones and if it could be something you should try. Reducing your stress levels also help with adrenal fatigue, but it also helps with fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers. Functional medicine provider Dr. Amy Myers has a great article about “The 5 Best Adaptogens to Combat Stress and Adrenal Fatigue“. If you think you may have adrenal fatigue, let your doctor know your concerns and which symptoms you’re experiencing. Ask him or her to check your hormone levels.
Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Fatigue
If your adrenal glands are overworked and exhausted, it’s difficult to properly manage fibromyalgia symptoms because many of the symptoms overlap. It’s hard to figure out what to address first (adrenal glands or fibro), but checking on the glands is the first step. If they are fatigued, then improving them with the treatments listed above could help improve the fibro symptoms.