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is there any medication for dysautonomia?

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Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
Depends: Dysautonomia can be primary (no underlying cause) or secondary due to many causes. There is treatment for the primary type as well as treatment for the underlying cause of the secondary type. But the treatment for this disorder of the autonomic nervous system of either type depends on the expertise of the doctor and the patience of the patient.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is dysautonomia?

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Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 18 years experience
Neurological: The autonomic nerves are those that work without us thinking, controlling involuntary activities, like digestion, breathing, sweating, blood vessels dilating, body temperature...Dysautonomia refers to abnormal function of this system.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of dysautonomia? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

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Dr. Ryan Cooley
Cardiology 29 years experience
Many: Dysautonomia refers to breakdown in the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. Symptoms can include vague but disturbing aches and pains, faintness (or actual fainting spells), fatigue, anxiety attacks, tachycardia, hypotension, poor exercise tolerance, gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and headaches.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What's the most effective way to treat dysautonomia?

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Dr. Ryan Cooley
Cardiology 29 years experience
Multifaceted: Treatment should involve input from electrophysiology, neurology, exercise physiology and even pyschology. Education is often the most effective. A rigorous exercise program in 1 study was effective. B-blockers, blood volume expanders (florinef), vasoconstrictors (midodrine), anti-depressants, Mestinon (pyridostigmine) are some of the medications that are used with degrees of success.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some common symptoms of dysautonomia?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Many possible: Dysautonomia is such a broad term that there many possible symptoms depending on which parts of the autonomic nervous system are affected. The most common symptoms are excessive thirst, excessive fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, rapid or slow heart rate, fainting (due to low blood pressure), and extreme anxiety that is not due to psychological causes. These symptoms are not disease specific.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for dysautonomia?

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Many: There are several forms of dysautonomia and thus the tests vary. When people ask the question of testing, most are asking about familial dysautonomia (hsan3) which is found mainly in ashkenazi jewish populations. This condition has a genetic marker which can be tested for and will also identify carriers of the gene.

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