Do I have hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue tends to hit people suffering from high amounts of stress like soldiers, chronic overwork under tight deadlines or jumping out of airplanes and other high risk sports often. I have been stressed out a lot. Adrenal fatigue can cause you to feel tired even after a long sleep, and you have trouble getting up in the morning. So can hypothyroidism.
When someone’s stress levels are high, they don’t sleep well. Fortunately, literally chilling out and relaxing so you can sleep well can correct for it while your thyroid wouldn’t recover. Unless the adrenal fatigue is bad. Adrenal fatigue makes your blood sugar really low in the morning, and this can force you to wake up for late night snacks. Hypothyroidism causes you to feel tired too. But hypothyroidism can make you more sensitive to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain.
And hoarseness. Late night snacking and lack of sleep can cause weight gain too. That’s why night shift workers are way more likely to be obese. A thyroid failing to produce enough hormones will cause stiffness in your joints, muscle aches, thinning hair and a slowed heart rate that adrenal fatigue won’t. But they can both be mistaken for depression, both cause fatigue, and if you’re down enough, both cause impaired memory. Only a decreased thyroid will cause goiter, decreased body temperature and elevated cholesterol.
If I have hypothyroidism, it is no where severe enough to cause those symptoms. What symptoms should I look for with regard to adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue adds to anxiety and irritability while making you unable to get energized, because you’re using up the adrenaline just dealing with daily life. Adrenal fatigue can also happen because the adrenal glands simply slow down. Hypothyroidism is most likely in women over sixty. You’re nowhere near old enough. The hard part is that hypothyroidism can slow down or suspend your period, while all the stress that causes adrenal fatigue can do the same. So I have that symptom, but don’t.
Know what I have. The only sure test is a blood test, to see which hormones are too low or too high. So then I get to stress out as to what is wrong. You could have high adrenaline levels from stress and thyroid problems, though I hope you don’t end up causing one condition worrying about the other. Then I need to talk to the to see what I have. And avoid high stress conditions to minimize the risk of making your adrenals worse and using up energy if your thyroid is acting up.
That becomes an interesting excuse for not driving in rush hour traffic.
How stress affects your body Sharon Horesh Bergquist
Cramming for a test? Trying to get more done than you have time to do? Stress is a feeling we all experience when we are challenged or overwhelmed. But more than just an emotion, stress is a hardwired physical response that travels throughout your entire body. In the short term, stress can be advantageous, but when activated too often or too long, your primitive fight or flight stress response.
Not only changes your brain but also damages many of the other organs and cells throughout your body. Your adrenal gland releases the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, and norepinephrine. As these hormones travel through your blood stream, they easily reach your blood vessels and heart. Adrenaline causes your heart to beat faster.
And raises your blood pressure, over time causing hypertension. Cortisol can also cause the endothelium, or inner lining of blood vessels, to not function normally. Scientists now know that this is an early step in triggering the process of atherosclerosis or cholesterol plaque build up in your arteries. Together, these changes increase your chances of a heart attack or stroke. When your brain senses stress,.
It activates your autonomic nervous system. Through this network of nerve connections, your big brain communicates stress to your enteric, or intestinal nervous system. Besides causing butterflies in your stomach, this braingut connection can disturb the natural rhythmic contractions that move food through your gut, leading to irritable bowel syndrome,.
And can increase your gut sensitivity to acid, making you more likely to feel heartburn. Via the gut’s nervous system, stress can also change the composition and function of your gut bacteria, which may affect your digestive and overall health. Speaking of digestion, does chronic stress affect your waistline? Well, yes. Cortisol can increase your appetite.
It tells your body to replenish your energy stores with energy dense foods and carbs, causing you to crave comfort foods. High levels of cortisol can also cause you to put on those extra calories as visceral or deep belly fat. This type of fat doesn’t just make it harder to button your pants. It is an organ that actively releases hormones and immune system chemicals called cytokines that can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases,.
Such as heart disease and insulin resistance. Meanwhile, stress hormones affect immune cells in a variety of ways. Initially, they help prepare to fight invaders and heal after injury, but chronic stress can dampen function of some immune cells, make you more susceptible to infections, and slow the rate you heal. Want to live a long life? You may have to curb your chronic stress. That’s because it has even been associated with shortened telomeres,.