Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

While you may “look normal” without any obvious signs of degenerative disease, your constant fatigue and lower than lowest energy levels are the dead giveaways for adrenal fatigue syndrome.

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Here’s how your other symptoms might play out:

  • Morning fatigue. You don’t really seem to wake up until 10 a.m., even if you’ve been awake since 7 a.m.
  • Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • A burst of energy at 6 p.m. when you finally feel better from your afternoon lull
  • Sleepiness around 9p.m. to 10 p.m. However, you resist going to sleep
  • A “second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally do go to sleep
  • Cravings for foods high in salt and fats
  • Chronic low blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to cold and feeling chilled
  • Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
  • Mild depression
  • Mood swings
  • Mental fog
  • Memory problems
  • Lack of energy and feeling rundown
  • A decreased ability to handle stress
  • A decreased ability to recover from illness
  • Muscular weakness
  • Increased food allergies
  • Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Frequent sighing
  • Inability to handle foods high in potassium or carbohydrates unless they’re combined with fats and protein
  • You crave sugar

Not only are your energy levels affected. Your bodily organs and functions will also reflect diminished efficacy. Your heart and cardiovascular system will be compromised; so will your immune system in fighting off infections; and other systemic functions, as well. In all, adrenal fatigue is a systemic blow to your body.

 

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“After years of suffering with Adrenal Fatigue, I decided to check out the supplement  reviews on myadrenalfatigue.com. Thanks to the recommendations, my symptoms all started to disappear. I really learned how to start repairing my adrenal glands. Aside from lifestyle changes including eating less sugar, drinking less caffeine and sleeping more, I took supplements that worked. The result is that I feel much better, I recover faster and have become a much more energetic person. Its the only thing that worked for me”
-Melissa D. 32- Costa Mesa, California

53 Comments »

  1. I know right? Wow I was thinking I was just going crazy but its nice to know it wasn’t all in my head.

    Comment by oldschoolrocker — September 19, 2009 @ 6:04 am

  2. Thanks so much for this list. I have a lot of these symptoms!

    Comment by chimichong — September 19, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

  3. Thank you very much for doing this article about adrenal fatigue. This is a great and informative site that really gives you insights what is the cause and effect of adrenal fatigue. I have experienced this before and it really took a toll on my personal life and even job! It is troublesome and at first I didn’t know that I already have this problem. So, I researched and found out alternatives and solutions to really beat adrenal fatigue.

    I really recommend checking this site, they have the best supplements and solution for beating adrenal fatigue.

    http://www.myadrenalfatigue.com/adrenal-fatigue-supplement-guide

    Comment by Ken — October 27, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  4. Great list! My New Year's res is to finally care for my adrenals. Here's another chart that you might find helpful — compares healthy adrenals with AF, Cushings, Addison's symptoms (helps you figure out where you are on the spectrum)… Adrenal extremes — could you be on your way to Cushing’s or Addison’s disease? Scroll down about halfway for the chart.

    Comment by Jacqueline — December 31, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

  5. Great find Jacqueline! Good luck with the adrenals, new years definitely is a great time to recommit to getting healthy.

    Comment by Gerry — December 31, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

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  13. I’ve read that adrenal fatigue is a common symptom of menopause. Being that bioidentical hormones are said to cure menopause, does that mean they can be used to treat adrenal fatigue as well – even if I’m not yet going through menopause?

    Thanks,
    Olivia

    Comment by Olivia — April 29, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

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  15. Oh- I’m sure I have this adrenal fatigue- I’m almost constantly exhausted- can’t get up in the morning- feel like sleeping in the afternoon etc etc- what can I do to help myself feel better?- pleeaassee

    Comment by Leigh — August 14, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  16. All these symptoms sound like the symptoms of LIFE. You should stop over thinking it. Exercise everyday and you will have energy and no adrenal fatigue, if there is such a thing.

    Comment by Sven — September 11, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  17. I honestly have never heard of adrenal fatigue before. I have the majority of the symptoms of it though.I came across this article because I did a search on fatigue on Google because this past week I feel more tired than usual and I have so many things to get done, but never get around to doing any of them because I am so tired. I am so glad I came across this. It is something I will have to do some more research on. Does anyone know what I can do to help this adrenal fatigue???

    Comment by Support Stockings — September 24, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  18. I have a lot of these symptoms. I know the adrenals are sitting on the kidneys. I donated my kidney to my son; am I correct in assuming they removed my adrenal gland also? How does this relate? I would love getting your insight.
    Thanks

    Comment by Jill — October 7, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  19. Is the light-headedness or dizzyness when sitting or standing that same thing as easily losing your balance or footing? Like sometimes I might get up from sitting and one of my feet will just kinda give out under me or tangle the other one… I don’t know how I get it done but it just happens?!

    Comment by Joy — October 18, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  20. I was diagnoised with adrenal disorder but my doctor didn’t think it was server enough for medications. However I do get extreme fatigue chills and burts of awakeness during the night the symptoms listed above discribe me perfectly. According to my endro.Doctor i shoud be having weight loss and highblood presure i don’t but instead i have dizzness or lite headed i get cold and can’t get warm i fall asleep sitting up at my desk at work and around 2:00 or 3:00 i start to feel more awake. then during the night i wake up and crave sugary foods i have not lost or gained any wieght. please help me i feel like iam going crazy!! i also have what i call heavy legs and muscles it seems hard to move my arms or legs at times. I would apprecate any feed back you can give me. Thank You.

    Comment by cathy novak — October 18, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

  21. I got “all” of these symptoms, guauuu like lots of you knowing it’s not all in my head is a relief!!

    Comment by Heidi — October 28, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  22. I thought I was going nuts since my doctors says that all tests comeback fine but I see now she needs to check you all out. Especiall my tests with my adrenal gland function.

    Comment by Lin Kisslinger — November 1, 2010 @ 7:56 am

  23. The most bothersome symptom I have is frequent sighing…I have done some internet surfing and some call it “air hunger”

    Has anyone else complained about this problem?

    Comment by Kelly Dykes — November 9, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  24. I heard about this on NEWS-12 this morning and I made a point to check this out, low and behold, I have mostly all of these systems. I just had my blood work done a few days ago and I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. I am bringing this article in and showing my doctor. This article really was an eye opener.

    Comment by Maria — November 10, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  25. Well if i knew this a year ago i may not be in the pysical mess im in now. In need of surgery, newly divorced because i had enough of the abuse and childless because my son’s father is trying to take revenge on me.. this artical really puts things into perspective for me.

    thanks soo much..im greatful for the time it took to write and publish this artical, which in turn could svae womens lives.

    Comment by a sad mummy. — December 26, 2010 @ 1:23 am

  26. I have multiple nodules on my thyroid, large on right side. I have a sense of choking at a regular mea. I am unable to sleep, I wake up totally exhausted, I am getgin carp tunnel in both hands, and my fee also go numb. I did have some depression due to the deat of my husband, but am actively working towar full-recovery. I am exercising at Curves. The endocrinologist which recently saw mems, tht he did not want to treat it as thy thyroid dloes not appear to be sick, but i am tired all the time, have terrible drea. I am going back to see another endochrinologist at the end of March with all my records, blood types, x-rays, sonograms, biopsy test etc. If this next doctor does not want to do anything about it, I do not know what I am going to do….I am just so tired and cannot get on with my life. I am still in the middle of the grieving process due to my huband’s death, so any suggestions you might have would be greatly appareciated.

    Comment by Naomi R. Pino — February 9, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  27. I have every symptom except low blood pressure. I have high blood pressure. Could it still be adrenal fatigue?

    Comment by Dianne — February 19, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  28. I am currently working with a nutritionist and she has enlightened me on so much, including adrenal fatigue. I am eating better and working on eliminating whatever stressors I can. I need to exercise, but I haven’t been able to yet due to absolutely zero energy. I had the saliva testing done and the results indicated that my adrenals were “flat lined.” I am sometimes unable to drive because I cannot stay awake. My husband has had to get me from work because I am falling asleep at my desk. My boss doesn’t understand how I can be “sick all of the time.” I am not able to do things I use to enjoy. My symptoms are worsening but I’m confident that things will get better since my eating has improved, etc.

    Comment by Susan — March 12, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  29. I’m sure I have this adrenal fatigue. I was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter that only occurs while at rest (when reading or trying to go to sleep). All my ekgs, echo, stress tests are fine but the event monitor recorded the atrial flutter (palpitations). In the past three months, in addition to the palpitations, I have experience unusual exhaustion (after only working six hours/day), and a sudden allergy to shrimp. I have lowish blood pressure in general and have always had a sensitivity to salt, I swell up (mostly my hands and my lips swell and get red). For the last year and a half I’ve had this dull ache on the left side of my body under my ribs, it was diagnosed as shingles then due to stress but has been persistent. Could this be related to the adrenal glands?

    Comment by Rita — March 22, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  30. This is completely me! Every symptom!

    Comment by Gillian — March 23, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  31. Naomi, number 26, I had thyroid Nodules and the Endocrinologist staff did not want to do anything and just follow me.

    I was at the point I could not swallow, sweating all the time, unable to regulate my body temperature, freezing when it was hot, hot when it was cold, my blood pressure was off the chart, and finally, we were coming home from family gathering and I could not breath, like a heart attack.

    I went to see the ENT surgeon that does thyroid surgery and it said I needed it even though the endocrinologist said no, and the surgeon said I will only get worse and 230/105 blood pressure consistently was going to make me have stroke of heart attack, which I had already had mini strokes (tia’s_) and the school nurse where I taught made me go to the ER.

    The endrocrinologist just did a TSH and you have to have a complete panal with testing the parathyroid function also.

    Well, I had my thyroid taken out and had Hashimoto’s which is an auto immune disease that attacks the thyroid and I also had nodules grown and scarred in my thyroid like the bubble wrap. I also had a mass on my larynex which was benign.

    So my endocrinologist was a joke and it is sad as she has radio shows and is considered to be a specialist in the area but I never saw her, just her staff (which is illegal for a Doctor to charge a patient she has not seen first visit) so I reported her and found out she had done others that way and three people I spoke to went to another doctor, had the correct blood work, and were treated correctly.

    I hope you come back and read this as you posted in Feb and this is long time after that. I also had low B12, and Vit D deficiency which I was treated and normal now.

    Please see another Doctor and I believe people with issues deplete there Adrenal glands and the show increased cortisol or levels that are off. Bennie

    Comment by bennie — May 5, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  32. My doctor just put me on a licorice extract for my adrenals ad WOW!!! Within an hour of taking my first dose, I did my 30 min exercise on my treadmill and it was SO much easier!! My overwhelming fatigue was nearly gone for once and the exercise was easy! I thought, “THIS is what it’s supposed to feel like!” highly recommended!! It’s the consistency of molasses and it’s pure extract of licorice… 1/4 tspn by mouth 2-3 times daily. I feel INCREDIBLY different after only three doses. I have basically always had the above symptoms. I am starting to feel NORMAL. This is life changing. I love my naturopath. Dr. Kristi Lou Wrightson of Santa Barbara, CA. She’s changed my life in less than a month. (she also discovered that I was essentially prediabetic, have 11 food allergies and no hormones across the board. I am already feeling easily 85% better and I was VERY ill for over a year, had lost 40 lbs, etc.)

    But my point here is: if you have adrenal fatigue or want to support your adrenals, GET PURE LIQUID LICORICE EXTRACT! It works like MAGIC!

    Comment by Channing Q. Carter — May 26, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

  33. Hi, im am really struggling here. I am 32 years old, extremely exhausted, feel dizzy, headaches, crave for sugar, have constant adrenaline rushes, palpatations, feel cold, then too hot, i have a load of pressure in my chest and sometimes pain which gets worse when standing, feel nauseous, sometimes sweat while i try to get to sleep. i have just recently been addmtited to hospital and i ended up with a depression in my ECG and my blood pressure was high. They gave me asprin and was referred to a heart specialist. Ive had a treadmill test and nothing showed up. my blood pressure dropped really low and they put me on a drip, when they said it was just due to dehydration. i have felt like this on and of for years now and had two occasions where a heart mumur has been heard by a doctor. Nothing has been done and they just keep fobbing me off with either anxiety or ME!!! all my bloods come back normal, im going crazy here. i have taken loads of time of work because of this n dont get paid sick pay as im not on contract. my doctors wont listen to me and just keep looking at me like im a nutter and feel like im fighting a loosing battle!!!

    Comment by LOUISE — May 27, 2011 @ 5:20 am

  34. I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue, and I have felt it for a long time now, just put it down to getting older, the worst part is I have always had B12 deficient anemia as well as my intrinsic factor is also impaired due to digestive problems and a hyiatis hernia op I had 5 years ago. Is there anything I can do to fix this????? I really don’t wan’t to live like this anymore, especially now that I have found this out….it’s not just getting older, it is a condition I want to fix to get back to how I was before. Can anyone help?? ;)) please! I know I work 9 hours a day, struggle to sleep, have very little “me” time, always running on deadlines etc.

    Comment by Dolly — June 11, 2011 @ 5:24 am

  35. This list describes me to a “T”. Doctors have said everything from Cushings, to Fibromyalgia, to high coritosl levels, to depression…always an amalgam of diagnosis but never anything definitive. I always feel run down and tired even after a long nights sleep. (And it’s hard to even get out of bed most days…) Then long days filled with high stress that I cannot handle followed by practically falling asleep at my desk at 2pm every day..I could go on and on because reading that list is like looking in a mirror. I filled out the questionaire and hope to receive my email soon. Now I feel like I have something to go to the doctor with…Thanks for the information.

    Comment by Angela — July 9, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  36. Does adrenal fatigue causes motor tics as well?

    Comment by Donald — August 1, 2011 @ 8:38 am

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  38. this is my third bout with this stupid thing. i already have a disability, and with this on top of it, things just get so much harder.
    it’s crazy.
    i am just glad to know that there are things i can do to help myself.
    good luck to all of us fighting it!

    Comment by alexes — September 9, 2011 @ 6:17 am

  39. I am 43 years old, type 1 diabetic. I feel absolutely exhausted all the time. I have recently had a thyroid function test and that has come back normal. I had a kidney removed 2 years ago due to kidney cancer and the adrenal gland and surrounding lymph nodes were also removed. I have very heavy legs and my arms and even fingers ache. All I want to do is sleep and find it really difficult to get up in the morning. My doctor keeps telling me its my diabetes but I know my body and I know it isnt that. Could it be adrenal fatigue knowing that I only have one?

    Comment by Louise — September 16, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  40. Please note that a lot of adrenal fatigue symptoms are also symptoms of heavy metal toxicity. Heavy metals come from a variety of sources and affect sufferers differently. The most common metals are mercury (for example from silver fillings) and lead (for example from old pipe fixtures or old paint).

    I was sick for decades and no doctor could help me. It wasn’t until I replaced my 12 silver fillings and began chelating that I started to feel better.

    Doctors generally do not consider heavy metals as a widespread problem and the heavy metal tests they use are of questionable reliability. If you have the symptoms described above, please find out more about heavy metals and their effects. It may be the solution to your health troubles.

    Comment by Eric — November 18, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

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  42. I can’t sleep till 11pm or 12 midnight but go to bed at 9pm. Wake up at 7 to get my daughter to school, then come home and go back to sleep till noon. I am always tired and can’t wait to go back to bed. I have no energy and hate living like this. I used to be active and go to the gym, now I can barely do anything active without being exhausted. I drink caffeine to stay awake other wise I can’t function. Again I hate living like this, it’s torture. I’m in school an have alot of stress and I’m worn down alot. All I want to do is sleep. I’m tired of being tired.

    Comment by Marion — December 13, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  43. I was born with one kidney and have most symptoms.I just got my thyroid checked but the results are not in yet. I think its time to go see the doctor.

    Comment by Cin — December 13, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  44. Wow, I have every single one of those symptoms, even the sighing lol (lol is to the signing, not that I have all the sympotoms :/) Hope I can fix this!

    Comment by Joy — December 14, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  45. Oh my! I have everyone of the symptoms! What a wake up call,I see the direction I’m headed,it’s time to alter the course.

    Comment by netann — January 26, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  46. Thanks for this. Sounds very familiar.

    Comment by Caroline — January 31, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  47. Hi all

    I have just been reading through all of your stories and felt compelled to leave a comment. In 2004 after dealing with a break up and in turn finding myself single and trying to cope with everyday life i started drinking a little to get me through an anxious peirod of my life. I had never been a big drinker as my herbalist had told me that i was a little alergic to alcohol, never the less i found for the first time in my life i could handle anything? Silly me. Little did i know the damage i was causing and i did indeed end up with quite severe adrenal exaustion. I too had all the common sypmtoms listed and came quite close to a break down.. Go see a herbalist, trust me, they are very aware that it is a common problem and it does tend to get missed by the medical proffesion. I was given a tincture that i had to take 4 times a day BOY after only 1 week i felt like a new person, infact i felt rather odd at first as i had forgotten how to feel well. Herbalists and hoemeopaths have a far better understanding of thease things and always with more empathy that you often no longer get at the doctors. Good luck to all and i hope you too can take back your wellbieng…

    Comment by donna — February 6, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

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  49. i’ve been diagnosed with bipolar and paranoid schizophrenic…my sides ache often and i have a lot of those other symptoms of adrenal fatigue…i feel like im going to die of adrenal cancer or something before the doctors figure out my real problem…i dont believe im crazy

    Comment by Julia — March 14, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

  50. My friend finally found help for her adrenal fatigue at the Women to Women clinic in Yarmouth, Maine (www.womentowomen.com). She suffered many of the symptoms on the list, but didn’t know where to begin. Not only does she look better now, she feels great! Lots more energy, able to keep her weight in check, and more relaxed and less stressed.

    Comment by susan — April 2, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  51. That list is great!!! I have all of the symptoms…No exceptions. Plus, today I received my blood tests showing low cortisol levels so I am sure it is adrenal fatigue.

    Comment by Vladimir — April 16, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

  52. I am coeliac. and lactose intolerant.
    also candida prone.think adrenal also
    doctors ignore my systems.
    tried many alternatives therapies
    now colonic and acuapuncture.
    age 77yrs. female.
    anyone else??

    Comment by barbara — May 1, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  53. @Susan: Good to hear about your friend getting help at Women to Women. I am thinking of doing their program too: http://www.womentowomen.com/programs/adrenalhealth/default.aspx

    Comment by Janet Tillmore — May 6, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

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