Adrenal Fatigue Specialist

Preventive Medical Center of Marin


Integrative Family Medicine located in San Rafael, CA

Adrenal fatigue is a condition that often follows periods of intense stress that causes a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and sleep disturbances. Elson M. Haas, MD, and the team at Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, diagnose adrenal fatigue and offer a multi-disciplinary approach to restoring your hormonal balance and health. Call the center to make an appointment or schedule one using the online booking tool.

Adrenal Fatigue Q & A

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is the name for a collection of symptoms that emerge when your adrenal gland isn’t able to keep up with your body’s cortisol needs in response to stress.

When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce cortisol, which is a “fight-or-flight” hormone. It’s meant to give you a boost of energy to face the danger or challenge ahead of you. However, stress is a constant state of being for many patients, which means their bodies are continuously producing cortisol and other stress hormones.

Eventually, your adrenal gland can’t keep up with your body’s needs, and you develop symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Loss of hair on your head and body
  • Skin discoloration
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Disruptions to your sleep-wake cycle are a common indicator of adrenal fatigue. For example, instead of waking up refreshed, you may wake up tired and have an energy peak in the late morning. Then your energy declines throughout the afternoon, but when it comes time to go to bed, you’re wide awake again.

How is adrenal fatigue diagnosed?

Adrenal fatigue is underdiagnosed by many conventional doctors because standard blood tests aren’t sensitive enough to reveal the hormonal imbalances. They also offer microbiome testing to check for gastrointestinal imbalances that could contribute to your symptoms.

Dr. Haas and his team provide extensive hormonal assessments as well as comprehensive consultation to develop an understanding of your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. They may also check for signs of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other conditions that cause similar symptoms.

How do you treat adrenal fatigue?

At Preventive Medical Center of Marin, Dr. Haas and his team provide customized treatment plans to restore your hormonal balance, relieve your adrenal fatigue symptoms, and improve your overall health and wellness. They use a multidisciplinary approach to treating adrenal fatigue, combining conventional, Eastern, naturopathic, and integrative therapies.

He creates customized treatment plans for each patient, which may include any of the following therapies:

  • Stress management
  • Changes to sleep habits
  • Dietary changes to regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation
  • Increased physical activity
  • Herbal remedies such as ginseng and Rhodiola
  • Acupuncture

If you’re always tired but struggle to sleep at night, or have other symptoms of adrenal fatigue, call Preventive Medical Center of Marin or make an appointment online today.