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11/30/04-Smith County

Adrenal Stress

Treva Wilcox used to feel drained after work each day.

"I was just bombed out by the end of the day and totally unable to function at home," says Treva.

She also suffered hot flashes, weight gain, and couldn't focus on her work. She was sure she was going through menopause. But after a trip to her doctor she learned her symptoms had nothing to do with the change of life.

"Adrenal fatigue is a great mimic of menopause," says Renee McCarty, Physician's Assistant at UT Health Center.

Adrenal fatigue, also known as adrenal stress, is very common. Most women start getting the symptoms when they suffer from too much stress. That was Treva's problem. Her doctor did a series of tests and found the best way to treat it was with progesterone. But she also said Treva had to calm down.

Adrenal fatigue can be treated but it can be difficult because it requires a lifestyle change. "

"We have to control the stress in our lives, proper diet exercise and supplements," says McCartney.

Not treating adrenal stress isn't an option either because it can leave you totally debilitated.

"The symptoms just get worse and worse. People end up bed bound and can't function anymore," says McCartey.

Treva started taking her hormones and made a lifestyle change and says it's given her life back.

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