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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
4
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Fatigue (3) adrenal fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
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)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Fatigue (2) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(DHEA cream)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (2) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)

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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
adrenal fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Jittery feeling
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Fatigue (3) adrenal fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
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)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Apathy Inability to experience pleasure (anhedonia) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (2) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Increased appetite
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
None
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
  • 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 1
20s 27
30s 48
40s 99
50s 114
60s 63
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 31
30-39 years 50
40-49 years 52
50-59 years 21
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 165
Not Diagnosed 66

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