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)

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

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)

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 (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2) fatigue (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (1) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood difficulty with orgasm 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
deadened emotions
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for adrenal fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) depressed mood (1)
  • 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?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 203 say adrenal fatigue is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 27
30s 72
40s 100
50s 154
60s 102
70+ 31
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 27
20-29 years 37
30-39 years 54
40-49 years 54
50-59 years 25
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 86
Female 402

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 189
Not Diagnosed 75

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