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Adrenal Fatigue Specialist

Vivian Varese, MD

Functional Medicine Doctor & Integrative Medicine Doctor located in Acton, MA

Vivian Varese, MD offers an integrative approach to treating patients from in and around Acton, Massachusetts who suffer from adrenal fatigue. Her natural approach to wellness restores balance to the body, providing her patients with improved wellbeing.

Adrenal Fatique Q&A

What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is the name for the collection of symptoms that occur when the adrenal gland is underproductive. This condition is surprisingly common in the United States. The syndrome is most commonly associated with periods of intense or prolonged stress. Adrenal fatigue can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections. The primary symptom is fatigue that is not relieved with quality sleep. Even though it is not a visibly obvious illness, it is a serious medical condition that needs treatment to preserve your health and wellbeing. People who have adrenal fatigue may look well, but they live with tiredness and general malaise. They may feel like they need to boost themselves through the day with coffee, soda, and other caffeinated beverages or stimulants.

What Are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is caused by the malfunction of the adrenal gland, which leads to an imbalance in the hormones and neurotransmitters. This imbalance affects every single part of your body. Many patients who have adrenal fatigue live with lower stamina, fatigue, and a precarious feeling during normal day-to-day activities. Each person with adrenal fatigue has a unique experience, but the common complaints and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Regular and unexplained fatigue
  • Cravings for salty foods
  • Mild depression
  • Insomnia
  • Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
  • Weak immune system

How Is Adrenal Fatigue Treated?

Dr. Varese tests patterns of adrenal activity with saliva and urine testing, monitoring neurotransmitters. She restores function to the adrenal gland with a customized prescription of nutrient formulas, herbal support, and specialized amino acid formulas to return the nervous system to excellent condition. She also works with her patients to address stress. Dr. Varese provides counseling to help her patients to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding diet, exercise, and sleep to help them find stress relief and lead their healthiest lives.