Conditions Commonly Found With Adrenal Fatigue

If You Have Any Of These Conditions, It Is Likely That You Have Adrenal Fatigue

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 There are many causes of adrenal fatigue including stress and chronic illness. There are, however, certain conditions that are strongly associated with developing fatigue of the adrenal gland. If you have been diagnosed or are being treated for any of these conditions, it is likely that adrenal fatigue is present. It is probable that in order to treat the medical conditions listed below, you may need to be evaluated for adrenal fatigue.

Conditions Associated With the Development of Adrenal Fatigue:

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue: This is a condition characterized by extreme tiredness, fatigue, non-restorative sleep pattern, increase pain sensitivity and multiple tender points. There is research ongoing that there abnormalities of the glucocorticoid receptors (steroid receptors in the body) increase the risk of developing adrenal fatigue. If you have fibromyalgia, , consider asking your health care provider to evaluate your adrenal functioning and test you for adrenal fatigue. 

Interstitial CystitisThis is an inflammatory condition of the bladder that can cause painful urination and symIptoms very similar to that of a urinary tract infection except there is no bacterial infection present. The treatment is multifactorial but can involve altering your nutrition plan including an elimination diet and/or a gluten-free diet.

Again, if you have been diagnosed with this condition, consider asking your health provider to be tested for adrenal fatigue. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Not only do many people with IBS also have adrenal fatigue, they also can have interstitial cystitis as well. Symptoms of IBS can include alternating diarrhea and constipation, significant abdominal pain and discomfort when eating certain "trigger foods." One key symptom of IBS is that the symptoms often go away at night when sleeping and predominantly occur during the day.


HypothyroidismThis is perhaps one of the most common conditions affecting young women in their thirties and forties. Remember that hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is an autoimmune condition. Thyroid disease and dysfunction of the adrenal glands are very much connected. I would argue that it can be difficult to treat thyroid disease without assessing and treating associated adrenal fatigue if present. 

Celiac DiseaseThis is a common condition affecting approximately one in one hundred people. Those with severe forms of this condition develop an inflammatory condition to anything with gluten, including detergents, condiments, etc. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, gluten sensitivity has been linked to thyroid disease and may be an important contributing factor to the development of hypothyroidism. 

Other Autoimmune Diseases: Many autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be associated with adrenal fatigue. If you have been treated with prescription steroids for the treatment of these conditions, this further enhances your risk of developing adrenal fatigue. 

DepressionThis is a very common condition associated with adrenal fatigue.

Some of the keys to treating depression involve identifying and treating nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. In patients with adrenal fatigue, treating adrenal dysfunction can of great help to treating the depression.