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Adrenal Problems and Fatigue

You may have heard of the adrenal glands at some point in your life, but how much do you know about them? Most of us know very little, but these important glands make several essential hormones, including cortisol and epinephrine. When they make too much or not enough of these hormones, you can develop a variety of symptoms, including fatigue.

At Sonoran Endocrinology, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi brings his expertise in hormonal disorders to diagnosing and treating adrenal problems. He offers these insights about your adrenal glands, common signs of adrenal problems, and how to relieve your symptoms.

Why your adrenal glands matter

You have two triangle-shaped adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. They’re just two of many glands in your body that produce hormones as part of your endocrine system. This entire system, including your adrenal glands, gets regulated by your pituitary gland, located underneath your brain.

When your adrenal glands function properly, they produce a number of hormones that control several bodily functions. For example, they make aldosterone to manage your blood pressure by keeping potassium and sodium levels in your body balanced. They also make cortisol to regulate your blood sugar, metabolism, and response to stress.

Having abnormally high or low levels of these vital hormones can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. 

Signs of adrenal problems

You can develop several symptoms when you have an adrenal gland problem, but one of the most common involves chronic and excessive fatigue. Additional signs of adrenal problems include: 

In many cases, these symptoms begin as a subtle inconvenience, but they typically worsen over time.

Diagnosing and treating adrenal problems

The first step to relieving your symptoms involves reaching an accurate diagnosis. To do this, Dr. Dwivedi performs a comprehensive assessment that usually includes blood tests to measure your:

Based on your results, he could also order imaging tests, like an MRI, or ultrasound, or X-rays, to evaluate your adrenal and pituitary glands.

After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Dwivedi develops a personalized treatment strategy to restore healthy adrenal gland function. This might include medications, radiation treatment, or surgery. Over the course of your treatment, Dr. Dwivedi continues to monitor your hormone levels and watches for signs of disease in other areas of your body.

If you have chronic fatigue or other signs of an adrenal disorder, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Your adrenal hormones play an essential role in your overall health and require professional care if problems arise. 

To learn more, contact one of our offices in Surprise, Gilbert, Lake Havasu City, and Prescott, Arizona, by calling or booking an appointment online today.

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