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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Why Am I So Tired?

Contributing Author: Petersen, Vikki D.C.

Vikki PetersenDr. Petersen is the Clinical Director for HealthNOW Medical Center located in Sunnyvale, CA. The medical center offers family medical care, chiropractic with physical therapy and clinical nutrition. Dr. Petersen has been in private practice for over two decades. Dr. Petersen received her Doctorate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1983. She is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and holds a Diploma from the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition. Dr. Petersen has lectured throughout the United States and appears regularly as a speaker for various companies. She is an international radio personality, speaking on topics such as Women's Health, Stress, Anti-Aging, Fibromyalgia, Weight Loss, etc.

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Fatigue is the number one health complaint that brings patients into doctors' offices. However, fatigue is so common that traditional medicine often ignores it or treats it in an offhand manner.

Patients are frequently told to "get more rest," "relax," or "take this pill"—often a dangerous antidepressant. What is not appreciated is how serious fatigue can be, or how relatively easy it is to solve.

The key is to properly diagnose WHY you are fatigued. The root of the problem may be poor sleep, chronic pain, stress, or digestive problems, to name a few.

Perhaps you've already been through a battery of tests with your medical doctor, only to be told that you're "fine." In fact, the results of the test are normal. However, if you were truly "fine" you wouldn't be so tired! The real problem is that your doctor failed to properly diagnose your complaint. Once the appropriate laboratory test is performed, the true cause of your fatigue can be determined.

I have been working with COREONE Diagnostics for a number of years. I began my work with them because they offer state-of-the-art, functional laboratory assessments. Their tests can truly discover the cause of a patient's fatigue.

The beauty of these tests is that they can easily be performed at home. Saliva is used to measure five different hormone levels. These hormones are involved with energy production, quality of sleep, and many other important facets of health.

The results of these laboratory tests are reviewed with you, and lifestyle modifications that address diet, nutrition, sleep, and exercise are recommended. My experience is that if you are willing to make some changes in your life, your fatigue will soon be a thing of the past.

Sometimes the cause is simple. Other times it is more complex. Know that the cause can be found, and that is my specialty.

The adrenal glands play a vital role in energy production. If you would like to know whether your adrenal glands are functioning at less than optimum, review the list of symptoms below. If you identify with three or more symptoms, adrenal dysfunction is likely having a negative impact on your health.

Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction

1. Fatigue – this is one of the most common symptoms related to improper adrenal function. Exhaustion may suddenly strike a person in the middle of the day, or the individual may make it through the workday only to feel completely exhausted at night.

2. Trouble sleeping – adrenal imbalance may cause abnormal hormone production, resulting in difficulty falling asleep or in staying asleep.

3. Sex hormone imbalance – the adrenal glands produce the precursor hormones necessary to make estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Improper adrenal function can result in severe PMS and menopause symptoms, as well as other hormone-related difficulties such as a lack of sex drive.

4. Ligament weakness – joints can become easily irritated because ligaments are weak, resulting in back pain, neck pain, and arm or leg pain. This condition can be a symptom of adrenal dysfunction.


5. Frequent sugar cravings – a desire for sugar can occur when blood sugar levels drop. This is an attempt by the body to balance blood sugar, a vital function involving the adrenals. Low blood sugar may signal that it is time to nourish the body, or it may be a symptom of adrenal dysfunction.

6. Low blood sugar – feeling confused or upset, getting headaches or feeling light-headed may be the body's normal response when you are hungry, or it may be a symptom of adrenal dysfunction.

7. Difficulty waking up – waking up in the morning may be difficult, and you feel that you "need" a stimulant such as coffee to be alert. If the adrenals are functioning properly, one should feel refreshed and energized shortly after awakening, without any artificial stimulants.

8. Immune system weakness – bacterial, viral, and fungal infections occur frequently. The adrenals play a key role in immunity, and poor immunity may indicate adrenal dysfunction.

9. Feeling faint (light-headed) when rapidly standing up can be a sign of adrenal dysfunction.

10. Poor dilation of bronchioles – the bronchioles of the lungs do not dilate efficiently and asthma-like symptoms may result when adrenal function is poor.

11. Allergies – respiratory allergic reactions occur easily and hay fever or sinus symptoms result. Food allergies very commonly occur with adrenal weakness, and can result in digestive symptoms, as well as many other often unexplained symptoms.

Are you experiencing three or more of the above symptoms? If your answer is "yes," you may suffer from adrenal dysfunction. What should you do?

I recommend that you have your adrenal function tested. This will indicate to what degree it is compromised. Then, with my help, we'll create a personalized treatment program to normalize the functioning of your adrenal glands and move you toward more optimal health and increased energy levels.

You can have great energy again!