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Doctor insights on: Autonomic Dysreflexia Symptoms

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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What is autonomic dysfunction? What are the symptoms?

Dysautonomia : Too many to list here. Please refer to the website referenced below. This is an excellent review of dysautonomia. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/dysautonomia dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction) is any disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ans). ...Read more

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What are key symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?

What are key symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?

Dizzy spells: The function of the autonomic system is to maintain blood pressure and integrety of the circulation. Although there are people whose autonomic systems malfunction without a reason, usually it is due to a neuropathy from diabetes. ...Read more

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What happens when your autonomic nervous system isn't functioning properly? What are the symptoms?

Read : Autonomic failure is a disorder of noradrenergic neurotransmission in which postganglionic sympathetic neurons do not release norepinephrine appropriately. Subnormal norepinephrine release results in impaired vasoconstriction and reduced intrathoracic vascular volume, both of which contribute to orthostatic hypotension. The absence of an appropriate reflex-induced increase in heart rate as the blo. ...Read more

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Is autonomic dysfunction a symptom of cirrhosis?

It can be: Both large and small fiber neuropathies can be associated with liver cirrhosis, but the question is whether this is because of the etiology of the cirrhosis (such as chronic alcoholism) or because of the cirrhosis itself. Regardless, evaluation by a neurologist and electrophysiologic studies can clarify. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of autonomic dysfunction? Tachycardia up to 190bpm?

What are symptoms of autonomic dysfunction? Tachycardia up to 190bpm?

Other cause fr tachy: Pl see link for a brief overview of autonomic dysfunction which generally does not include tachycardia in this range. If this is usual heart rate it could indicate SVT necessitating a cardiac evaluation and treatment to slow down the heart rate as indicated. ...Read more

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Would autonomic dysfunction/damage be easily diagnosed/recognized by a doctor? If so what symptoms would be apparent?

Would autonomic dysfunction/damage be easily diagnosed/recognized by a doctor? If so what symptoms would be apparent?

Autonomic dysfunctio: not an easy diagnosis. Autonomic system consists of 2 components , sympathetic and parasympathetic. Both systems work in opposition through various receptors and neurotransmitters. Dysfunction of autonomic system may affect multiple systems of the body producing various symptoms. An internist with good understanding of autonomic nervous system can pin point the problem ...Read more

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Would a neurologist and cardiologist be able to diagnose an autonomic dysfunction or is it a difficult task? What symptoms would they look for?

Would a neurologist and cardiologist be able to diagnose an autonomic dysfunction or is it a difficult task? What symptoms would they look for?

More a neuro thing: unless you have to exclude intrinsic heart disease. Autonomic dysfunction presents in many ways depending on which parts of the autonomic nervous system are affected. One typically looks at symptoms and goes backward from there (in neurology the key question is where is the lesion followed by what is the lesion). My typical lecture on the topic is split into two parts as the topic is vast. ...Read more

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Could being given unnecessary thyroid hormones cause autonomic nervous system dysfunction? Or similar symptoms?

Unnecessary: Are you certain that your thyroid hormones are unnecessary? If so, please check one more time with your doctor to confirm that your thyroid is OK. If so, regarding autonomic nervous system dysfunction I strongly recommend you make an appointment to see a Psychologist. More often than not the Psychologist can help you control your concerns. Occasionally the Psychologist will refer you to Neurology. ...Read more

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Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

I : I also don't think it is typical for autonomic dysfunction to occur in people with somatoform disorders during sleep. It does happen; part of differential diagnoses and workup for somatoform disorders include screening for adrenal problems which are a source of adrenaline, heart problems like atrial fibrillation. It's been said that patients with these mental health conditions have high autonomic arousal. ...Read more

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Autonomic nerve caused squeezing chest and back pain/tightness, cold sweat, nausea and dizziness? Is this nerve liable to repeat the symptoms?

Autonomic nerve caused squeezing chest and back pain/tightness, cold sweat, nausea and dizziness? Is this nerve liable to repeat the symptoms?

See your doctor: In an older person, would be very considered about an episode of cardiac angina, but your symptoms could represent esophageal or gastric problems, and cannot fully exclude pulmonary embolism or aortic dissection. Do not delay, this could be a serious problem. ...Read more

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Can a low vitamin D of 21 cause symptoms? I hear conflicting things on this. I also have controlled lupus &autonomic dysfunction. I fatigue easily.

Can a low vitamin D of 21 cause symptoms? I hear conflicting things on this. I also have controlled lupus &autonomic dysfunction. I fatigue easily.

Unlikely: While vitamin D level of 21 is lower than the optimum, it is not likely to be the cause of your symptoms. You may take 2000 units of vitamin D3 daily, For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine levels cause cardiac dysfunction? Thanks. I have read that low dopamine levels are related to parkinsons--one of the symptoms being autonomic dysfunction. Could this include cardiac problems--racing, pounding, palpitations?

Can low dopamine levels cause cardiac dysfunction? Thanks. I have read that low dopamine levels are related to parkinsons--one of the symptoms being autonomic dysfunction. Could this include cardiac problems--racing, pounding, palpitations?

Unlikely: Low dopamine levels in Parkinson's Disease are specifically related to loss of dopamine producing neurons in the Basal Ganglia of the brain and does not show up on regular blood testing. An isolated low dopamine on blood tests is not in itself is usually meaningless as it is a precursor to epinephrine. It is usually measured to look for high levels of adrenal hormones. What panel was done/why? ...Read more

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Can i still have autonomic neuropathy if i had a neg tilt table test? (had the test today) my symptoms are, lightheaded, synoscope, eyes go black,

Can i still have autonomic neuropathy if i had a neg tilt table test? (had the test today) my symptoms are, lightheaded, synoscope, eyes go black,

Basilar artery spasm: Many young women experiences episodes of lightheaded, vertigo, closing down of vision into a tunnel with near or even completed faint. Described by bickerstaff many years ago. Associated with spasm of the artery at the base of tbe brain. Often associated with tendency for migraine headaches. Discuss these issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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Has any doc ever encountered autonomic neuropathy symptoms in a patient that led to a diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer. Thank you?

Has any doc ever encountered autonomic neuropathy symptoms in a patient that led to a diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer.  Thank you?

I'll guess not: The symptoms alone would not be the basis for a cancer Dx. Your Dr must have had a number of specific tests run beyond asking you about symptoms. Please talk to the Dr to clarify this and to obtain good info on the Dx, the Tx plan and your options. Knowing what to expect can be very important. Bring someone w/ you if you have trouble w/ this topic. Get it in writing too. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more