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Do I Have Adrenal Fatigue? Take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz!

“How do I know if I have adrenal fatigue?” It’s a question I receive many times each week. Maybe it’s one you’ve been asking yourself. If that’s the case, I’d like to invite you to take this short adrenal fatigue quiz.

While it isn’t fully comprehensive (you can find the full adrenal fatigue quiz in my book, Total Health Turnaround), it will give you a solid idea of whether or not you may have adrenal fatigue.

So, let’s quickly review what adrenal fatigue is along with the top symptoms, and then we’ll dive into the adrenal fatigue quiz so you can start to get the answers you’ve been searching for.

 

Adrenal Fatigue: An Overview

As we’ve discussed before, approximately 80 percent of Americans have suffered from adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. [1] But even though it’s such a common syndrome, it remains one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in our country.

Since it’s so underdiagnosed, many haven’t heard of it, or they’ve heard of it but don’t have a clear picture of what it is.

In short, adrenal fatigue is a syndrome, or a collection of signs and symptoms, that appears when your adrenal glands are doing a poor job managing hormones in response to chronic stress.

It results in a fatigue that is not improved with sleep and is accompanied by a variety of other hormone-mediated symptoms, such as insomnia, menstrual cycle changes, lack of libido, hair loss, depression, anxiety, pain, poor immune health, and poor thyroid function.

Adrenal fatigue is at the root of most disease development because your adrenal glands control your entire body. Think of your adrenal glands as your body’s control center; their function is connected to almost every one of your organs.

In addition to regulating many bodily processes, they also give you the energy to adapt and respond to acute stress quickly.

This adaptation to stress is controlled by your adrenal glands and results in changes to your individual biochemistry. And these changes in chemistry cause symptoms that can range from a mild headache to the development of severe cancer.

Before we jump into the adrenal fatigue quiz, take a look at the symptoms list below for more on the top signs of adrenal gland problems.

10 Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

Here are 10 common symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Do any of these sound familiar?

  1. Fatigue and energy surges, such as morning fatigue (difficulty waking up) followed by afternoon lows (feeling sleepy or “foggy”) and surges of energy in the evening
  2. Cravings for foods high in salt, fat, and sugar
  3. Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
  4. Increased allergies
  5. Frequent sighing
  6. IBS and other digestive issues
  7. Frequent headaches
  8. Frequent sickness, such as coughs, sore throats, colds, and flu
  9. Decreased sex drive
  10. Inability to lose weight

 

Adrenal fatigue quiz - Dr. Pingel

 

Now that you know more about what adrenal fatigue is and can identify some of the most common symptoms, it’s time to take the adrenal fatigue quiz and answer the question that led you here: Do you have adrenal fatigue?

Take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz

Each of the questions in this adrenal fatigue quiz is written so you can provide a quick yes or no answer. Keep track of how many “yes” answers you give; you’re going to need to know that number to get your result.

Remember, this quiz was adapted from my book, Total Health Turnaround, which features a much longer, more detailed assessment.

I hand selected the questions below based on a few different factors, so that you can get a true idea of whether or not you may have adrenal fatigue.

Now, let’s get started ….

 

The Adrenal Fatigue Quiz

1. Do you constantly feel “overwhelmed” by small changes or new responsibilities?

2. Do you feel tired all the time, despite the amount of sleep you get?

3. Are you regularly snappy or irritable or feel more on edge than you used to?

4. Do you have a hard time getting up in the morning and have to put in a lot of effort to get through your day?

5. Is your most energetic time of day late at night due to an evening “second wind”?

6. Do you tend to wake in the middle of the night or early morning (2 a.m.–5 a.m.) and have a hard time going back to sleep?

7. Do you have vague feelings of being unwell, with no apparent cause?

8. Do you tend to skip meals?

9. Is your mental focus impaired, causing you to feel less productive than you used to be?

10. Do you have IBS or digestive concerns?

11. Has your sex drive diminished?

12. Are you dealing with dental concerns?

And that’s it! Remember, this adrenal fatigue quiz was designed to give you a quick idea of whether or not you may have adrenal fatigue. So, let’s take a look at the results.

 

If you answered “yes” to three or less questions:

According to this adrenal fatigue quiz, it’s very possible that you may be in the lucky small percentage of Americans who do not currently have adrenal fatigue.

To prevent adrenal fatigue, keep managing your body’s stress response by eating a nutritionally-rich diet, moving regularly, and prioritizing the mind-body connection.

That said, if you answered “yes” to questions one or four, or if you still have a sneaking suspicion you may have adrenal fatigue, I implore you to read my article on adrenal fatigue to gather more information. Usually, our instincts are right, so follow yours.

 

If you answered “yes” to four or more questions:

According to this adrenal fatigue quiz, it’s very likely that you have some form of adrenal fatigue. There are actually three different stages of adrenal fatigue, with stage one being mild and stage three being full burnout.

If you’re looking for more resources and even guidance on how to heal your body and reverse adrenal fatigue, check out my book for more information.

If you’re looking for something more aggressive and want to feel better as soon as possible, check out my 30-day program, which is designed to help reverse adrenal fatigue with a true 360-degree approach. You can learn more here.

 

The important thing to remember is that there is hope. Even if you answered “yes” to every question in this quiz, you can feel like yourself again. Just remember that you and your health are worth it!

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