Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue

What is thyroid and adrenal fatigue? 
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms that result when the adrenal glands function below necessary levels. This is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. It can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. The most apparent symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness, or “gray” feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day. Although it affects millions of people around the world, conventional medicine does not yet recognize it as a distinct syndrome.

 
 

In more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands can make it difficult for you to get out of bed for more than a few hours a day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected. Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even sex drive. Your body does its best to make up for your under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price. 

Adrenal fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. The adrenal glands mobilize your body’s responses to every kind of stress (whether physical, emotional or psychological) through hormones that regulate energy production, storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes that enable you to cope with the stress. If your adrenal glands’ response is inadequate to the stress, you will likely experience some degree of adrenal fatigue. 

There are factors that can make you more susceptible to adrenal fatigue. These include certain lifestyles like poor diet, substance abuse, too little sleep and rest, or too many pressures, chronic illness or repeated infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia or prolonged situations that you feel trapped or helpless in (i.e bad relationships, stressful jobs, poverty, imprisonment) or maternal adrenal fatigue during gestation.

Thyroid Therapy involves working with custom compounded pure T3 and T4 to get you the exact amount you need to balance your hormones. Our compounds contain no pork, beef, gluten or lactose. 

The thyroid is integral to health and impacts nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees numerous other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that an appear nearly anywhere in the body. 

The thyroid specifically affects blood sugar regulation, bone health, brain and mood, cardiovascular health, cholesterol balance and usage, digestion and intestinal wellness, liver function, metabolism and energy, reproductive system, and hair and skin health. 

How does the treatment work and when will I see results?
A personalized and private consultation will be done involving blood work and a saliva test to ensure optimal dosing is used to help you feel your best. Patients can typically see results in 2-4 weeks, individual results may vary.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for this treatment?
Anyone experienced adrenal fatigue at some time in his/her life, an illness, life crisis, or continuing difficult situation would benefit from adrenal fatigue therapy. 

You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you regularly notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • You feel tired for no reason

  • You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour

  • You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed

  • You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness

  • You crave salty and sweet snacks

  • You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6pm than you do all day

Other symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Mild depression or anxiety

  • Multiple food or inhalant allergies

  • Lethargy and lack of energy

  • Increased effort to perform daily tasks

  • Decreased ability to handle stress

  • Dry and thin skin

  • Low blood sugar

  • Low body temperature

Symptoms of hypothyroidism, elevated TSH and reduced T3/T4 include:

  • Fatigue after sleeping 8-10 hours a night or needing to take a daily nap

  • Intolerance to cold

  • Weight Gain or inability to lose weight despite efforts to lose weight

  • High cholesterol

  • Excessive sweating

  • Dry, rough, scaly skin

  • Tangled, dry hair

  • Hair loss - thinning eyebrows (especially on the outer aspects), thinning hair on head

  • Eyebrow loss, particularly from the outer part of your eyebrows

  • Joint and muscle aches

  • Irregular periods

  • Anxiety, depression and mood swings

  • Brittle nails

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Irritability 

  • Constipation

  • Cognitive issues such as brain fog, poor concentration or poor memory

  • Hormone imbalances such as PMS, irregular, heavy periods, infertility and low sex drive