The adrenal glands are bean-sized glands situated on top of your kidneys. When faced with a “fight-or-flight” situation, they produce adrenaline allowing us the maximum use of our physical capabilities to resolve the situation.
Adrenal fatigue is a general term describing an assortment of symptoms created by exhaustive adrenal function. Overstimulation of the adrenal glands occurs from external and internal stresses placed on the body due to a busy modern lifestyle.
Our society is more inter-connected than ever before, placing demands on our time and energy, creating stress in our lives. Adrenal fatigue accumulates over an extended period, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, before symptoms begin to show. As the condition progresses, you may experience a variety of symptoms that degrade your quality of life.
If left untreated, adrenal fatigue can result in a complete shutdown of the adrenal system, and a visit to the hospital. Here are 9 symptoms of this auto-immune disorder.
1. Vision Problems
Adrenal fatigue can cause problems with your eyesight. Chronic stress on the body can create vision disorders. Hyperventilation syndrome and tired ciliary muscles, which prevent your ability to focus on objects or people, are common vision disruptions.
The most concerning eyesight issue related to adrenal fatigue is partial mydriasis. In this condition, the pupils remain dilated when exposed to bright light. This disorder creates sensitivity to light sources such as the sun or the bright LED screens of smartphones. Stressed sympathetic nervous systems or weakness of your parasympathetic nervous system can cause partial mydriasis.
During recovery from adrenal fatigue avoid straining your eyes by reading small text and watching too much TV. Stay indoors if its bright outside and draw the curtains in the room. The effects of the disorder can last for a few days or a few weeks. If you do not see improvement after the first week, consult with your doctor.