Since adrenal fatigue has not been proven as a legitimate illness or disorder, there are no proven treatments, as stated by WebMD. The first step in treating adrenal fatigue involves visiting a primary care physician or a hormone specialist, like an endocrinologist, who can rule out other possible medical reasons for the fatigue. Some hormone supplements that are marketing to treat hormone issues can carry potential risks, and patients are cautioned when taking them, according to the Endocrine Society.
While adrenal fatigue has not been fully proven to be a legitimate medical condition, numerous doctors do believe there is some merit to the theory behind adrenal fatigue, as noted by WebMD. However, most doctors will first see if the patient is suffering from other issues that are leading to the lack of energy, drowsiness and difficulty thinking clearly and solving mental obstacles. Other health issues that can result in these same symptoms include depression, lack of adequate sleep, poor diet or stress sources either at work or at home.
Another important reason for doctors to test the patient for other illnesses is because an improperly working adrenal gland can be a sign of serious disorders or diseases for which the patient can easily be tested, like tuberculosis, AIDS or lymphoma. Many doctors who have ruled out other more serious conditions will recommend a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, diet and sleep, to tackle the fatigue symptoms displayed.