Adrenal stress occurs when our adrenal glands accumulate too much of the stress that the body and mind are exposed to on a daily basis. Fibromyalgia and all of its complexities can present a real challenge to the entire endocrine system and especially the adrenal glands.
Sitting on top of the kidneys, the adrenal glands are comprised of two sections, the outer portion called the cortex. And, the inner portion called the medulla.
The cortex mediates stress through production of cortisol, and the medulla manufactures adrenaline.
With fibromyalgia, lack of proper sleep and nightly “second winds” are often the number one adrenal disturbance, along with over stimulation and any toxic overload that the fibro body is exposed to in various toxic environments.
Continual adrenal stress increases inflammation, adversely affects body composition, and can also cause disruption in the sex hormones as well.
This leads to an overall disruption in the entire endocrine system. For a healthy thyroid, we must have healthy functioning adrenal glands, or this stress will continue to “draw” thyroid hormone from the body.
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When the adrenals are constantly abused, this can drain thyroid hormone and in turn can lead to hypothyroid conditions.
The “fight or flight” mode is never adequately turned off leading to a cycle of non regeneration. If you have suffered with adrenal stress and exhaustion, you know it takes a lot of diligence to get them back on track, but it really must be addressed when dealing with any chronic illness such as fibromyalgia.
Researchers have recently found a direct correlation between our “fight or flight” response and fibro pain. Imbalances within our levels of Norepinephrine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that initiates the fight or flight response, can result in higher levels of FMS pain.
In addition to solutions offered below, you can read the chronic muscle pain article. Many suggestions on that page are aimed at calming the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and can be applied to the adrenal stress issue. Another page that directly addresses “calming” methods is coping with fibromyalgia