What is Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenals are important glands that sit on top of each kidney. They produce many key hormones that influence everything from water balance to stress response to sexual health. Adrenal fatigue (also known as HPA axis dysfunction) is a collection of symptoms that results when the adrenal glands become unbalanced and produce either too much or too little hormone. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress, the most common symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. Many people with adrenal fatigue also report feeling “wired” or anxious, despite being very tired. Sleep is often a problem as well, with early morning awakenings and non-refreshing sleep being the most common sleep-related issues reported by people with this condition. Many people also experience weight gain, brain fog, and worsening memory and concentration. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue is not recognized as a medical condition by many physicians and patients often suffer for many years–or worse, are misdiagnosed with conditions like depression–prolonging their suffering.
How is Adrenal Fatigue Diagnosed?
A simple saliva test can determine if you have adrenal fatigue. At four defined times throughout the day, you simply collect your saliva into tubes in the test kit we provide you with. As with all WellnessScript tests, this test can be completed in the comfort of your home whenever it is convenient for you.
If I Have Adrenal Fatigue, How is it Treated?
Most types of adrenal fatigue can be treated with nutritional and herbal support. The herbs that are used for adrenal fatigue, called adaptogens, have been used for hundreds of years to help people manage stress, and are quite safe and effective. Rarely, prescription medications are needed to help severe adrenal fatigue. But the most important part of treatment is learning to manage stress and workload effectively. Your WellnessScript clinician will develop a personalized treatment plan including supplements, dietary recommendations, herbal medications and stress coping strategies. All of your recommended supplements and herbal medications will be packaged into convenient daily packets and delivered to your home. We use physician-grade supplements and only the highest quality herbs in our daily packets.
What Happens Next?
Recovering from adrenal fatigue is a journey, and we are here to help you every step of the way. People who are able to make lifestyle changes early on–such as decreasing caffeine use, actively managing stress and eating nutritiously–improve quicker than those who don’t participate in these changes. Most people will see improvements in their fatigue and sleep within the first few months of treatment and are fully recovered within 12-18 months. Your WellnessScript clinician may recommend repeat saliva testing 1-2 times per year to track your progress until you are better.
At WellnessScript, we believe every person is unique. We don’t practice “cookie cutter medicine”, striving instead to understand your specific needs and personalizing every step of your experience.
We bring together top holistic experts and make them easily available to help solve your health issues. Our clinicians have advanced training and years of experience in uncovering the root cause, unpacking and treating problems that traditional medicine fails to address.
We believe you shouldn’t go out of your way to address your concerns so everything we do–video appointments, lab testing, supplements and compounded medications–is easily available to you, right at home.
We believe that you shouldn’t feel alone when you’re dealing with a health problem. We’ll help you navigate the process, providing support, reminders, encouragement, and relevant information along the way.
What is WellnessScript?
At WellnessScript, we believe you deserve personalized, convenient and affordable care. We take the time to get to know you--your needs, preferences and lifestyle--and then partner with you to help you relieve symptoms and optimize health. WellnessScript is a comprehensive service that offers everything under one roof: yours.
- Personalized medicine consults: bring us your most troubling symptoms and your health goals and we’ll help get you there. Our experienced clinicians are compassionate, smart and have gone the extra mile to get trained in integrative, functional, anti-aging or naturopathic medicine.
- In-home pharmacy: Didn’t think you could have a pharmacy in your home? Think again. We deliver everything you need--from pharmaceuticals to supplements to compounded medications--to your doorstep. If traditional pharmacies annoy you as much as they annoy us, you’re going to love never having to set foot in one again.
- In-home lab testing: Labs can be done at home too? Yes. Nearly all lab testing we order can be conveniently and comfortably completed in your home or office.
- Obsessively dedicated support: responsive, compassionate clinicians and support staff are at your service.
Why hasn’t my doctor mentioned this kind of option for me?
Many people (including many healthcare providers) are unaware of the role different hormones and nutrients play in human health, or how seriously an imbalance can impact long-term health. Interestingly, optimal health is never discussed in medical and pharmacy school training! This leaves most clinicians woefully unprepared to help patients achieve personalized, optimal health and well-being.
If you’ve ever tried to discuss your fatigue, or your mood changes or your difficulty sleeping with your doctor and walked out with a stack of prescriptions you are not alone. There is simply not enough time in a traditional medical visit to be meaningfully helpful. We find this approach as frustrating as you do--so we set out to fix it. At WellnessScript, you will never experience “drive-through medicine”. Ever.
Aren’t hormonal changes normal?
They sure are. However, at a certain point in life (for some in their early 30's) hormonal changes can create symptoms that impact your quality of life. Many people think that they have to tolerate these symptoms--weight gain, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, low sex drive--as a fact of getting older. We don’t buy that.
In fact, research suggests that in order to maintain good physical and mental health, we should not accept it! Maintaining optimal balance and levels of hormones promotes and improves quality of life and prevents (and even reverses) many of the degenerative illnesses commonly associated with aging.
Do you prescribe bioidentical hormones?
Yes. Our certified compounding pharmacy produces high-quality bioidentical hormones, fully customized for you and shipped to your home.
Do you offer non-traditional medications for thyroid treatment?
We offer a complete functional medicine approach to thyroid treatment, including in-depth testing, prescribing of all thyroid medications (including Armour, NP-Thyroid, West-Throid and Nature-Throid as well as compounded thyroid medications). Our supplement packets can include specific nutrients for thyroid support and are customized for you based on actual blood levels (no guessing!).
What kind of lab testing do you offer?
We partner with labs that offer the highest clinical quality and have a long history of delivering results that can be trusted. Some examples of our lab partners include:
- Genova Diagnostics
- ZRT Laboratories
- Pathway Genomics
What types of supplements do you provide?
At WellnessScript, we only use physician-grade supplements in our daily packs. We partner with companies such as Orthomolecular, Metagenics, Pure Encapsulations, Integrative Therapeutics and Nordic Naturals because of their exceptional purity and quality standards. We only provide supplements we would take ourselves (and we’re picky!)