Because the adrenal glands impact so many other systems in the body, individuals can experience many different symptoms as a result.
Some symptoms associated with adrenal dysfunction include:
Brain fog and memory issues
Lack of energy
Anxiety and depression
Mood swings and PMS
Many providers fail to make the connection between adrenal dysfunction and chronic disease and their investigation is usually shortsighted.
At Functional Health Specialists, we evaluate the symptoms you are experiencing, the physical signs you present with, and then order the appropriate lab work to truly assess your adrenal function. While many providers might look at one’s blood Cortisol levels, this does not tell the whole story. Having a blood draw can even artificially elevate Cortisol levels because blood draws can sometimes be stressful for a variety of reasons! This approach also only evaluates Cortisol in that one moment when we have natural peaks and valleys in cortisol levels throughout the day. The last pitfall in this approach is that blood cortisol shows “bound” Cortisol levels, not biologically available “free'' Cortisol levels. Since the adrenal glands have a systemic effect on the body, assessing Cortisol alone does not tell the whole story. If adrenal dysfunction is a suspected problem, a comprehensive analysis as well as comprehensive care is warranted to detect and correct the problem. Our protocols are designed to do just that.