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Adrenal Fatigue Specialist

Pohala Clinic PC

Family Medicine & Integrative Wellness Clinic located in Portland, OR

When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, you just don’t feel like yourself and experience a myriad of health problems including low blood sugar and extreme fatigue. At Pohala Clinic PC in Portland, Oregon, Julie Foster, FNP, MSN, takes a holistic, anthroposophic approach to healing adrenal fatigue. Call the office or book online to have your adrenal symptoms evaluated and treated today.

Adrenal Fatigue Q & A

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue can cause a variety of unpleasant, nonspecific symptoms. Both men and women can develop adrenal fatigue.

It is diagnosed when your adrenal glands produce too little of the hormone cortisol, and sometimes too little aldosterone as well. The adrenals are small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They are the central organ in a feedback loop that coordinates every hormone in your body.

What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

Your adrenal glands produce hormones that are essential to life. When you have adrenal fatigue, your production slows, you suffer from numerous symptoms, and you just don’t feel like your energetic, outgoing self. You may suffer from:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Body aches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Salt cravings
  • Low blood sugar

You may have foggy thinking and weight gain, too. Depending on how severe your adrenal fatigue is, you may feel wired, yet tired. Later stages have you feeling stressed and tired or with the feelings of complete burnout.

How is adrenal fatigue diagnosed?

Julie does a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and your lifestyle, and she may run screening tests, such as blood tests and special stimulation tests. During the diagnosis process, she relies on an anthroposophic approach that takes into account your whole being – including your body, soul, and spirit.

Sometimes a stressful lifestyle or event or extreme exercise can cause adrenal insufficiency. In this situation, your adrenals are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal in your central nervous system.

How is adrenal fatigue treated?

Julie and her team may have you adjust your lifestyle, including making dietary changes and taking measures to reduce stress. You may be instructed to cut back on sugar, caffeine, and processed foods to rest your system and reduce inflammation. She also offers vitamin and mineral support in the form of vitamin C, B5, B6, and B12 as well as magnesium. Complementary, holistic strategies such as massage and gentle exercise can also support your healing from adrenal fatigue.

If you have symptoms that suggest burnout, call Pohala Clinic PC for support or book an appointment online.