Monday, January 18, 2010

21st Century Syndrome

I heard about this new "syndrome" on the radio the other morning.

Gosh darn it, I think that I may have it. Me, along with 10 of my dearest friends.

I often complain to my husband about feeling low-grade-crappy (yes, I made that up). Now I have an excuse. Duh, honey! It's just the 21st century rearing it's ugly head.

From: This Article

Are you always tired? Do you feel irritable, light headed when standing quickly, have a low sex drive, find it really hard to concentrate, crave salt or sugar and have problems with your digestion? Perhaps you've had more coughs and colds than normal?

If these symptoms sound familiar, apart from the fact that they are all typical signs of stress, you may be suffering from a recently recognised stress disorder called Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. This new syndrome covers a large group of non specific symptoms and it's now become so commonplace that it's actually recognised now by the World Health Organisation.

Adrenal Fatigue Syndromes occurs - simply - because the adrenal glands, the ones that are located just above the kidneys, get overworked. The adrenal glands work in times of stress to help the body cope by pumping out high levels of the hormone cortisol during short term periods of high stress.The problem these days however is that the adrenal glands 'burn out' as the body is almost always under stress, with the result that the glands tire, and the levels of cortisol in the body plummet, meaning that the sufferer can no longer respond effectively to high pressure situations.

Sufferers of this syndrome can show no signs of a physical illness; instead they live with a general sense of being ill, tired and generally not 'feeling right'. People suffering from this syndrome also find they have to use stimulants such as caffeine, coffee, and colas to keep themselves going through the day. Going to bed increasingly earlier and still having difficulty getting up in the mornings, waking up still feeling tired, is also a common symptom of the syndrome.

Many people with chronic or clinical stress disorders have problems sleeping - and lack of sleep is the main cause of adrenal syndrome - which further agitates the situation because adrenal syndrome sufferers need more sleep. This condition has been shown to affect more women than men.

Obviously, it goes without saying, if you suspect this syndrome for causing your feelings, you need to see your doctor or other medical practitioner. The term adrenal fatigue is now starting to be recognised by mainstream medical services worldwide. Medical treatments are basic in their own right, the treatments being based on stress disorders, but one of the main, major aspects of this illness seems to be mentally induced, although subconsciously.

What do you think about this?

Legit? Si or No?


Darth Mama said...

I don't know, but I can definitely identify...

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Wow, this is so weird.

Reading this is like reading about MYSELF.

The increasing need for sleep (I used to be a 6-hour-a-night sleeper and was NEVER tired), the salt thing... I need to ask my doctor about this.

On the other hand... maybe it's just stress and over-working ourselves? Who knows.

Kristi said...

That sounds all too familiar...