Adrenal fatigue

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What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia is a term used to describe a state in which the adrenal glands are not providing adequate quantities of hormones, primarily cortisol. It is distinct from adrenal dysfunction disorders such as Addison's Disease.

Common symptoms reported by people with adrenal fatigue

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with adrenal fatigue

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
3
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
3
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) adrenal fatigue (1)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with adrenal fatigue, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with adrenal fatigue

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood difficulty with orgasm 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
atrial tachycardia heart palpitations
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tingling
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2) adrenal fatigue (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with adrenal fatigue, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has adrenal fatigue on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 30
30s 51
40s 117
50s 127
60s 74
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 34
30-39 years 51
40-49 years 56
50-59 years 25
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 61
Female 352

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 184
Not Diagnosed 69

These charts show data from adrenal fatigue patients who have completed their condition history
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