I have been doing a bit of research on adrenal fatique and have come to the conclusion that I have adrenal fatique. I am not sure if it is because of the PTSD or the PTSD is because of the andrenal failure? I do believe there is a link between the two.
When we are stressed cortisol is released, as a result of the high cortisol levels the adrenal gland eventually stops functioning correctly, this results in hormonal unbalance, particularly of the DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The adrenal gland is burned out and can no longer produce these hormones at the required levels or perhaps not at all.
Adrenal fatique symptoms inlcude.
1) craving for salty or sugary foods
2) changes in blood pressure
3) changes in energy level
4) emotional or unable to cope
5) fuzzy foggy thinking or racing thoughts
6) impaired immune system
7) sleep problems
8) low libido
From my own person reading on this, I can see why and how adrenal fatique could factor into PTSD making the symptoms worse as they stroll hand in hand. The stress that caused the PTSD is chronic and chronic stress will burn the adrenals out causing many of these symptoms, so which are similar to PTSD symptoms. Add them together and I believe you have a worsening of PTSD symptoms.
So, I am going to try a little experiment. There are herbal remedies that claim to recharge the burned out adrenal glands. I am going to order them, take them and report back here to let you know if my cognative function, fatique, foggy brain etc have cleared up. Should be an interesting experiment and I am looking forward to seeing if this will improve any of my functioning.
I cannot believe this is not being studied more. It seems to me that the adrenal will play a part in further understanding of mental health.
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