With a rise in adrenal fatigue (and chronic fatigue) nationally, it’s not surprising that people would get the two confuse. The simple answer is no, Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue are not the same. Often, Chronic Fatigue can even be a symptom of Adrenal Fatigue.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is a disordered condition where the adrenals are overactive, creating a long list of imbalances within the body. Usually, it’s caused by mismanaged stress, and can be reversed with lifestyle changes and a new approach to stress management.
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
If you’re wondering if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, check out these symptoms. As always, if you’re concerned it’s really important to check with your doctor. However, if you can answer yes to a few or more of these questions, it could point to adrenal fatigue:
- Do you have trouble waking up in the morning? Are you hitting snooze more than once?
- Is it difficult (often requiring coffee) to get moving when you wake up?
- Have you started gaining weight around your mid-section?
- Have you been having trouble concentrating lately?
- Do you feel like you’ve been getting sick more often lately?
- Has deadline pressure become more difficult lately than in the past?
- Has your libido experienced a change lately? (less interested in sex?)
- Have you been craving salty food lately?
- Do you find yourself extremely tired between 7-10pm, but catch a second wind if you stay up beyond then?
- Do you find you’re having neck / back pain frequently with no explanation?
more symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- Depression and Occasional Anxiety
- Increase in Allergic Reactions
- Fatigue and Lack of Energy
- Lower Tolerance for Everyday Stress
- Heart Palpitations
- Harder to Finish Day to Day Tasks
- Diarrhea or Constipation
What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic fatigue really just explains the phenomena of feeling chronically exhausted or tired. Fatigue is defined as a really extreme level of tiredness. When fatigue is chronic, it means that you’re experiencing it often (usually more often than not).
When you’re chronically fatigued, you might experience other sleep abnormalities like insomnia and you’re often plagued by extreme exhaustion.