Weak adrenals can supply adequate cortisol levels when the body suffers a little stress, but when you expose the person to major stressors or somebody suffers from PTSD, the adrenals produce very low cortisol levels.
With specialized testing, low adrenal function is easily determined. Most migraineurs suffer severe adrenal fatigue syndrome. Their adrenal glands have flunked the test because they have no reserves, they are exhausted, and there is literally no more gas in their tank.
Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones. These hormones are essential for your everyday life. Acute or chronic long term stress can compromise your adrenal glands, and lead them into adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Include:
- Neural mediated hypotension (dizzy when you stand up)
- Nauseated upon waking – where you feel better if you skip breakfast then crash in the late morning
- Often those with adrenal fatigue crave salt
- Can cause vomiting
- Abdominal pain — seen often with abdominal migraines in kids
- And adrenal fatigue can even cause muscle or joint pain
Adrenal fatigue symptoms can be overwhelming, and can sound a lot like a low thyroid, and while thyroid is a huge issue with migraine patients, and a topic for another video, it’s not always the thyroid.
Your thyroid and your adrenals have to work hand in hand. If you treat only your thyroid, and don’t treat your adrenals, you won’t get very far. You’ll start to feel better, then crash, and wonder why.
Long term stress comes at a price. Long term stress causes poor health. Start addressing your adrenal fatigue now and you may help reduce the frequency and the intensity of your migraines almost immediately.