Fatigue is perhaps the most common issue that modern medicine faces, and often not with very good results. With any medical evaluation, we should do lab testing to make sure there is no underlying medical condition such as anemia, low thyroid function and chronic viral infections, such as the Epstein Barr virus. These conditions are all quite common as a cause of general fatigue, weakness or malaise. Adrenal fatigue is a specific condition that often follows periods of intense stress that causes a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and sleep disturbances. The adrenals get tired from being pushed to purt out adrenaline and cortisol. Elson Haas, MD, and the team at Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, diagnose both general and adrenal fatigue and offer a multi-disciplinary approach to restoring your hormonal balance and health. Call the center to make an appointment to sort out your specific reason for not having the energy you wish. Regain Your Natural Energy!
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. General fatigue may also be caused by medical conditions, such as anemia, low thyroid function and nutritional deficiency. The integrative approach of Dr. Haas and PMCM will help you discover the causes of your specific condition.
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 more symptoms than just fatigue, including:
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 or “wired” again.
Adrenal fatigue is underdiagnosed by many conventional doctors because standard blood tests aren’t sensitive enough to reveal the hormonal imbalances. A measurement of four saliva cortisol levels can be easily done to test the adrenal function over the day. PMCM also offers 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.
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, and naturopathic treatments, i.e integrative therapies.
Dr. Haas and his team create customized treatment plans for each patient, which may include any of the following therapies:
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.