What are the symptoms of too much adrenaline in your body?
Symptoms of too much cortisol can include:
- Weight loss or weight gain (especially around the face and abdomen)
- Purplish skin stretch marks or skin that's easily bruised.
- Muscle weakness.
- Depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
- In women, excess facial and body hair and/or irregular periods.
When adrenaline is released, it signals the brain to redirect energy and blood from the internal organs to the muscles to prepare to fight or flee. Adrenaline causes an increased heart rate, high blood pressure and rapid, shallow respiration. The body temperature will increase and cause sweating.
- It's an adrenaline dump, nature's way of preparing my body for fight or flight. And it can be very difficult to control or deal with. The primal nature of a grappling competition (after all, we are literally getting ready to try and choke someone unconscious) amplifies the bodies' reaction.
- Epinephrine. Epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline, is a hormone secreted by the medulla of the adrenal glands. Strong emotions such as fear or anger cause epinephrine to be released into the bloodstream, which causes an increase in heart rate, muscle strength, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism.
- Common symptoms of Cushing's syndrome (due to an adrenal, pituitary, or ectopic tumor) can include:
- Upper body obesity, round face and neck, and thinning arms and legs.
- Skin problems, such as acne or reddish-blue streaks on the abdomen or underarm area.
- High blood pressure.
- Muscle and bone weakness.
Adrenaline is released mainly through the activation of nerves connected to the adrenal glands, which trigger the secretion of adrenaline and thus increase the levels of adrenaline in the blood. This process happens relatively quickly, within 2 to 3 minutes of the stressful event being encountered.
- The fight-or-flight response (also called hyperarousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon.
- Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels.
- Adrenaline helps your body react more quickly. It makes the heart beat faster, increases blood flow to the brain and muscles, and stimulates the body to make sugar to use for fuel. When adrenaline is released suddenly, it's often referred to as an adrenaline rush.
The fight or flight process takes 20 minutes. You will need a 20 minute respite to completely calm down physiologically! If the stressful situation remains, your heart rate will remain elevated, and your body will pump out adrenaline and your thinking will be clouded.
- Follow the directions on your prescription label. Seek emergency medical attention even after you use this medication to treat a severe allergic reaction. The effects of epinephrine may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation.
- Intramuscular injection in the upper arm (deltoid muscle). Intramuscular injection in the lateral thigh (vastus lateralis muscle). The results of these studies (1, 2) demonstrate that intramuscular injection in the thigh (but not the upper arm) results in the fastest rise of blood levels of epinephrine.
- The dose in an adult is 0.3 to 0.5 cc. The standard intramuscular dose is a 1:1,000 concentration. This should be given in the lateral aspect of the thigh by intramuscular injection. The dose can be repeated every 5 to 15 minutes, depending upon the response, for three to four doses.
Updated: 21st October 2019