10 Common Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency
Adrenal insufficiency is related to hormones. It occurs when adrenal glands don’t produce enough of the cortisol and aldosterone hormones because they are damaged. Adrenal hormones make your body function properly by regulating blood pressure, metabolism, and response to stress.
Adrenal insufficiency is also referred to as Addison’s Disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Addison’s disease affects 110 to 144 of every 1 million people in developed countries.”
Symptom 1: Fatigue
Do you suffer from extreme fatigue? Is all you want to do is sleep? The fatigue caused by adrenal insufficiency can also lead to depression and inability to handle stress.
There are various things you can do to tackle the fatigue, including going to bed early, staying hydrated, and replace nutrients.
Symptom 2: Dark Skin
Has your skin darkened recently? And not because you were out in the sun or on a beach? Darkening become very visible on your scars or certain exposed locations on your body, such as elbows, knees, toes, and lips.
Dark skin with a bluish-black color can also appear on portions of your body not commonly exposed, including around the nipples, rectum, scrotum, or vagina.
Symptom 3: Weight Loss
Have you lost weight and suffered from a decreased appetite? These are symptoms of adrenal insufficiency/Addison’s Disease.
Also, you may experience severe vomiting and diarrhea, which causes dehydration and weight loss.
Symptom 4: Abdominal Pain
Those with adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease often experience pain suddenly in their abdomen area, lower back, or legs.
If the pain continues, seek medical help.
Symptom 5: Nausea
Do you suffer from nausea or vomiting? This is common for Adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s Disease sufferers.
You may lose weight and have a loss of appetite, as well.
Symptom 6: Low Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure drops when you stand up, you may feel dizzy or faint. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “During adrenal crisis, low blood pressure, low blood glucose, low blood sodium, and high blood levels of potassium can be life threatening.”
Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Low blood pressure is 90/60.
Symptom 7: Crave Salty Foods
If you crave salty foods, then that is a sign that you may have adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s Disease.
According to MindBodyGreen.com, “Salt cravings can also be a sign of low-functioning adrenal glands, and may show up as super low blood pressure.”
Symptom 8: Headaches
Adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s Disease can cause you to have headaches and migraines.
You also may experience dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, and chills.
Symptom 9: Sweating
Do you sweat a lot, even when you are not exercising or doing anything that exerts energy? Or do you wake up due to night sweats?
Adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s Disease are known to cause such excessive sweating.
Symptom 10: Muscle Weakness
Do your muscles feel weak or painful? With adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s Disease, your muscles weaken, even your heart muscle!
How can you work on building your muscles when you don’t feel like eating or moving, just sleeping?