Many years ago, long before I became a Naturopath, I was in a doctors office with my usual round of health complaints when chanced to look at the notes he was writing. I saw an abbreviation that intrigued me and I asked him “what does T.A.T.T. mean?” his answer to that question become one of the main reasons I became so interested in alternative medicine.. The doctor told me that almost everyone that came to see him had one complaint in common, so much so that he wrote it in an abbreviation – everyone was Tired All The Time..
Fatigue comes in many forms, from occasional insomnia that leaves us feeling wrung out to times when fatigue renders us bedridden for weeks or more. In my experience many multi-vitamins have limited effectiveness simply because the issue isn’t a nutritional deficiency as such, it’s much more complex. Fatigue or chronic tiredness is an issue of adrenal gland function. The adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and are in control of our body’s reaction to stress. When there’s a decrease in the glands' ability to carry out this function whether stress is from emotional, physical, mental, or environmental factors, the effects can lead to Adrenal Fatigue. The signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include weight gain (and the inability to lose it), especially around the midsection, poor immunity, hair loss, anxiety, lowered sex drive, light-headedness, brain fog, addiction or reliance on coffee to get the day started and keep you going, fibromyalgia, food cravings especially for salty and fatty foods to name but a few. Although none of these signs or symptoms by themselves can definitively point to adrenal fatigue, as a group of symptoms, in an otherwise healthy person, they do form a picture of a person under adrenal
stress. It can be a debilitating condition and because it’s not generally recognized by conventional medicine it’s often
ignored by most conventionally trained physicians.
There are four stages of adrenal fatigue with increased severity of symptoms with each stage and as fatigue becomes more chronic, recovery time takes longer and the body never fully returns to a healthy, normal energy level. The productive hours of the day will progressively decrease and it is not unusual for those at the later stages to have only a few usable hours a day, while the rest of the time is spent in bed resting. At the final stage of adrenal fatigue (or adrenal failure), when the adrenals become totally exhausted patients will have a high chance of a major cardiovascular event and even death.
Although adrenal dysfunction and its all of its four stages were recognized as distinct clinical syndromes since the turn of the 20th century, many conventionally trained physicians are still unfamiliar with this condition because it’s difficult to diagnose through traditional blood tests. Most patients are sent home with a recommendation for multi-vitamins but this usually fails to make any significant improvement. Fortunately now we have better ways of diagnosing and treating fatigue regardless of its stage. If you are suffering from fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, hormonal imbalances and digestive disturbances you can be properly assessed and treated. You no longer have to go on feeling as though you are running on empty. Make an appointment today, and start feeling better again. Call 4168 2087 for an appointment or click here to contact me.
Time and time again I hear people ask "why do I feel so bad when they tell me there's nothing wrong?" My goal is to help solve your health problems, to get to the bottom of things, not just symptom control but to bring about a return to good health.