Adrenal Fatigue Causes Dizziness

Adrenal Fatigue Causes Dizziness

Feeling dizzy is a common presentation of adrenal fatigue, yet we don’t quite know why. This is Dr.Lam, founder of

You know, a lot of people with adrenal fatigue presents with dizziness and some lightheadedness and this usually comes on when they arise from a sitting down position or from a supine or laying down position. It is not necessarily a dizziness in the classic sense that the room is spinning around you or you’re spinning around the room that we see as in ear problems. Nor is it commonly associated with what we call a postural issue where the heart rate goes up consistently and concurrently as the body’s blood pressure drops, causing dizziness because of low blood volume. It is usually related to a normal heart rate or slight increase in heart rate, but no apparent ear, nose and throat problem.

A doctor’s visit and numerous workup and extensive workup including brain scans are usually negative. And when that happens and the dizziness is severe, they might be told they have a virus infection or something else that can trigger dizziness. But in the case of adrenal fatigue, the sense of dizziness is more of a sense of lightheadedness. You do not faint from that because it’s not severe enough. It’s just feeling that there’s some sense of unsteadiness as you rise especially if you after you’ve been sitting up. The heart rate as I said could be the same or slightly rise, but not to the degree that is the same as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTS, where the resting heart rate can go from 60, 70, 80 to over 100, or 110 on arising.

So it’s not that extreme, yet at the same time there is a persistent feeling that everytime you stand up too fast, then the body is kind of in a wheezy or unsteady feeling. It is usually not necessarily due to volume depletion or salt, although sometimes it can present like that as well. Now in this type of situation, this dizziness and lightheadedness is of unknown reason. In adrenal fatigue, sometimes we do see that as a result when stress goes up as well and we find that if the body is under a state of sympathetic overtone, as in the case when the body is in advanced adrenal fatigue, neurotransmitters can be imbalanced.

One of the neurotransmitters is called norepinephrine and it does have some link and association with the situation of dizziness or lightheadedness of no reason. Usually this is also accompanied by the heart feeling a little pounding, a little harder it’s almost like the heart is popping, so this is also a common associated symptom but not necessarily. Again the dizziness or lightheadedness associated with adrenal fatigue can be due to also metabolic issues such as sugar imbalance as well as concurrent heart problems or ear problems. So you need to check out with your doctors both; not only in a general doctor but also ear nose and throat as well as cardiology field to make sure there’s nothing else going on in addition to neurological field, because dizziness can also be a sign of early symptoms of seizures for examples. So there are many many possibilities.

So if everything checks out and you’ve been that told you have been perfect, then do think of adrenal fatigue because we do see that a lot, but this is not common in early stages of adrenal fatigue and it’s most likely to present themselves in advanced stages of adrenal fatigue more so. And then usually it’s transient, it doesn’t stay for a long time. It doesn’t cause you any weakness, there’s no associated dysfunction of any of your limbs, so it’s not like any impending stroke or a stroke in process. It’s just somewhat lightheaded, somewhat a little disturbed, not so steady, but usually just kind of goes away in seconds.

Now if you do get this often and frequently, that can be mean adrenal fatigue has gone to a much more advanced state.


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