Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

In past posts I have talked about adrenal fatigue, something that often comes hand in hand with thyroid problems, as they’re all part of the endocrine system. 

You can determine if you have adrenal problems by completing a 24 h940824_10209343858380586_8459870097140306746_nour saliva cortisol test, that tests your adrenal function at four key points of the day. Most doctors will only do one-time blood or urine tests for cortisol output, which are not accurate.

Do you experience any of the following:

If you have quite a few of these, then your adrenals may be stressed and you could have adrenal fatigue. Read more here.

The above symptoms are reported by people who experience adrenal fatigue.


I have written a typical day of someone with adrenal fatigue and/or hypothyroidism. See if this sounds a bit like you. A lot of these symptoms are reflective of other conditions, and whereas some patients get lots of them, others only have a few. It’s different for everyone.12642638_10209343859100604_3521216746637811898_n

The only way to confirm if you have adrenal fatigue is by completing a 24 hour saliva cortisol test. If your doctor won’t do this, you can very simply order it yourself and complete it at home. A UK test can be found here and a US test here.

The four readings to come back from this should read: 8am – Top of the range.
Midday  – Upper quarter of the range.
4-5pm – Mid-range.
11pm – Midnight – At the very bottom of the range.

James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue book and is enlightening. It includes how to recover from adrenal fatigue, such as changes in diet, supplements, meditation, staying calm and avoiding stress etc.

Never guess if you have adrenal fatigue. Attempting to treat it could be dangerous if you don’t actually have it. Always work with a doctor/pharmacist/physician where possible. Though if you have any of the above symptoms, I would always suggest checking if you have it. Only a 24 hour 4 sample saliva test will tell you this.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

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One thought on “Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  1. It’s worth bearing in mind that GPS will not accept genova saliva test and deem it inaccurate as saliva holds many other things, so they will still make you have a blood test and collect your urine for 24 hours. I found when I went to the gp he looked at me and said, you don’t look like you have adrenal disfunction to which I replied, maybe not no but if you leave it unchecked it’ll get worse. To which I went off on one about various symptoms and the would do further tests that are recognised by the NHS. It seems ridiculous that I have to fight my doctor to get them to listen. I feel like since I’ve been hypothyroid I have to fight to get listened to by the doctors!

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