Adrenal fatigue is a controversial term used to describe a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as fatigue, body aches, and sleep disturbances, that are believed to be caused by chronic stress and an overworked adrenal gland. However, adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical condition by most medical organizations, and there is no specific test for it.

If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe may be related to adrenal fatigue, it is important to see a healthcare provider who can rule out other potential causes and provide an accurate diagnosis.

Some of the tests that your healthcare provider may perform to evaluate your symptoms could include:

  1. Cortisol testing: This involves measuring levels of the hormone cortisol in your blood, saliva, or urine. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and is involved in the body’s stress response.
  2. ACTH stimulation test: This test measures how well your adrenal glands respond to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which is produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol.
  3. Thyroid function tests: Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may overlap with those of an underactive thyroid gland, so your healthcare provider may check your thyroid function with blood tests.
  4. Blood sugar testing: Chronic stress can affect blood sugar levels, so your healthcare provider may check your blood sugar levels to rule out diabetes or other metabolic conditions.
  5. Other blood tests: Depending on your specific symptoms, your healthcare provider may order additional blood tests to rule out other potential causes.

If your healthcare provider determines that your symptoms are related to chronic stress, they may recommend lifestyle modifications such as stress management techniques, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to manage symptoms.