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Doctor insights on: Best Dysautonomia Treatment

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dysautonomia (Definition)

is a general term describing various disorders of the autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic body functions like ...Read more


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How is the treatment of fever in dysautonomia?

How is the treatment of fever in dysautonomia?

Just like any other: Dysautonomia involves defective responses to neural mechanisms maintaining body's internal balance (homeostasis) but does not preclude drug or other treatments for fever. Things such as antiinflammatories, Acetaminophen will work. External cooling or administration of chilled IV fluids, if needed, will work also. "normal" sweating & shivering may not occur tho. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dysautonomia? Can dysautonomia cause apathy?

Symptom, not disease: "Dysautonomia"=abnormal function of autonomic nervous system affecting automatic functions, eg.heart rate,blood pressure.Can happen when an illness (some mild,some severe)affects the nervous system.Treatment of underlying illness can help.Sometimes we give meds to control the blood pressure or heart rate.Apathy can occur as part of underlying illness, eg.Parkinson's, or can be unrelated depression ...Read more

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Is cortef (hydrocortisone) a reasonable treatment for profound fatigue & other symp's? Been ill w/various diseases 11 yrs, nothing else is working. Have dysautonomia.

Adrenal function: Profound fatigue can be due to multiple resins including adrenal hypo function which can have symptoms of dysautonomia if adrenal function is low then only cortisone should be usedcortisone may help symptoms of fatigue but should not be used unless you truly have low adrenal function due to potential side effects. ...Read more

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Does the autonomic nervous systems (ANS) repair or heal itself particularly in cases of autonomic dysfunction (dysautonomia)? If not, what are some treatments for erectile disfunction caused by dysautonomia?

Does the autonomic nervous systems (ANS) repair or heal itself particularly in cases of autonomic dysfunction (dysautonomia)? If not, what are some treatments for erectile disfunction caused by dysautonomia?

Multiple submissions: Your question has already been answered on this site. I suggest a formal physical examination and if autonomic dysfunction see a neurologist. ED requires further investigation and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have small fiber axonopathy and dysautonomia. Would ivig cure it and make me sweat again and my dysautonomia go away?

May or may not: Although some small fibre neuropathies respond to ivig, others may not, and not clear that the full dysautonomia would reverse, but maybe worth a trial of perhaps 3 months initially. Discuss with a neurologist with experience in area of peripheral neuropathies. Might add usage of metanx twice daily as this does increase fibre density in diabetes, but not studied in other conditions. ...Read more

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My doctor thinks that I have dysautonomia, due to my signs and symptoms I told him. Which test would be best to do, and why, to determine the diagnosis? I was thinking ANSAR or tilt table test?

Dysautonimia: This is a difficult question, every doctor has different approach . Tilt table may help to see if you have dysautonomia. But false positives are really high. I like treat and see approach, if you get better on certain meds plus risk factors for it, then I may look for it. There are lots of other diagnoses that can mimick this diagnosis. Maybe you can consult me? ...Read more

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Need florinef (fludrocortisone) for dysautonomia, my potassium is 3.2 on 100meq potassium drinks per day, what is best action as I need the florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Need florinef (fludrocortisone) for dysautonomia, my potassium is 3.2 on 100meq potassium drinks per day, what is best action as I need the florinef (fludrocortisone)?

Why low K: Florinef (fludrocortisone) will help with low Potassium. I would suggest work up as why you have low potassium and need 100 meq replacement. That is a large dose. Unless losses in stool I suspect the kidney is loosing K. A urine spot potassium should answer this when done along with blood potassium level. Long term indefinite use of Florinef (fludrocortisone) is not recommended. ...Read more

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Should I get a medical id for dysautonomia?

Yes: There are many forms. The name is just descriptive and does not describe the various causes or outcomes. Here is some advanced information: http://1.Usa.Gov/mdroel and http://bit.Ly/mnybwz. ...Read more

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Is there many different types of dysautonomia?

Yes: There are many forms. The name is just descriptive and does not describe the various causes or outcomes. Here is some advanced information: http://1.Usa.Gov/mdroel and http://bit.Ly/mnybwz. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dysautonomia?

Dysautonomia: is a general term describing various disorders of the autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic body functions like heart rate and breathing. ...Read more

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Is dysautonomia a fatal condition?

Is dysautonomia a fatal condition?

Per se, no: It is not per se considered a fatal condition but some of the complications of dysautonomia can shorten life. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between dysautonomia and the vagus nerve?

What is the correlation between dysautonomia and the vagus nerve?

Dysautonomia: This world is used when there is imbalance between the 2 autonomic system, sympathetic and parasympathetic--- the vagal nerve is one of the conductors of parasympathetic ---increase vagal tone, balance excessive sympathetic activity, which are not always healthy. ...Read more

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Can I still have dysautonomia if my QSART and breathing test were normal?

Possible, not likely: Dysautonomia is a complex disorder with various manifestations. These tests may indicate the problem but there are factors that can lead to a false negative test. A thorough evaluation by a doctor familiar with the syndrome is the best way to tell. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is dysautonomia ? what can cause it? does it affect motor skills and balance?

Dysautonomia: The Autonomic nervous system controls all of our body functions that we do not have to think of to perform, digestion, blood pressure heart rate breathing, and can affect balance but usually not motor skills. Dysautonomia often presents as poor control of heart rate and blood pressure, easy fatigue, poor exercise toelrance, fainting ...Read more

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Could .1mg of fludrocortisone cause high cortisol on its own? On it for dysautonomia

Could .1mg of fludrocortisone cause high cortisol on its own? On it for dysautonomia

More the opposite: Actually, the more common effect on cortisol is to see it lowered since the adrenal cortex tends to get shut down in the presence of chronic doses of Florinef (fludrocortisone). Remember, Florinef (fludrocortisone) is a synthetic equivalent of cortisol. You can watch cortisol levels rise as you begin to decrease to taper off Florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read more

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Where can I read about children with autism/and their relation with some having dysautonomia?

Familial Dysautono-: Mia is not one of the >! 30 genetic syndromes known to cause autism & intellectual disability. Speech/language & motor delays & seizures caused by breath-holding or a seizure disorder are common in fd. Molecular genetic testing, recommended for all children with ASD (+ dna probe for fragile x ) would detect fd. Autism is a categorical diagnosis, not an etiologic (causative) diagnosis. ...Read more

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Sometimes my sitting hr is 50-56 any move makes it back up 65-75. I have dysautonomia. Can i take midodrine 2.5mg or hr too slow?

Sometimes my sitting hr is 50-56 any move makes it back up 65-75. I have dysautonomia. Can i take midodrine 2.5mg or hr too slow?

Not necessarily: A slow heart rate by itself is not necessarily an issue. What is more important is the cause of the slow heart - which your pcp can evaluate. Mitodrine can treat dysautonomia in those patients who develop lightheadedness standing up. It will not affect the heart rate. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dysautonomia and how is it diagnosed? Most drs seem to not consider when 1st panic happens @40 for no reason

Dysautonomia: A prominent symptom that triggers a physicians visit is usually an unexpected fainting episode. Other symptoms include sensititvity to sound and intolerance to light. Dizziness that does not respond to Meclizine but middle ear disease needs to be ruled out. A tilt table test is an evaluation which can confirm one type of dysautonomia. However there many diseases that can cause dysautonomia. ...Read more

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Can inflammation from autoimmune disorder cause dysautonomia? If so, if you treat the inflammation, the dysautonoma symptoms settle down?

Can inflammation from autoimmune disorder cause dysautonomia? If so, if you treat the inflammation, the dysautonoma symptoms settle down?

Probably: When dysautonomia exists, the system no longer functions in a balanced or sufficiently rapid manner. Studies show acute inflammation is associated with a temporary deterioration in cardiac autonomic nervous system function in healthy subjects. Abnormal autonomic function is often found in as and RA patients. Moreover, most inflammatory peptides if released in the cerebral vascular cause dilation. ...Read more

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If u have EAT, has the ectopic area making electrical signals developed over time or is it something u are born with? Can dysautonomia cause EAT?

Ectopic Atrial Tachy: In adults EAT is gen acquired due to weakening heart muscle not responsive to anti-arrhythmic meds. In kids it can be from birth.Tachycardia or increased heart rate is a known symptom of dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system disorder, which frequently affects heart function also. A complete cardiac check including a holter monitor study will be helpful in figuring out the racing heart. ...Read more

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What tests need to be ordered with new diagnosis POTS/dysautonomia;local "specialist" is an EP and is informed but definitely not like Mayo or ClevelandClini?

What tests need to be ordered with new diagnosis POTS/dysautonomia;local "specialist" is an EP and is informed but definitely not like Mayo or ClevelandClini?

No specific tests: The important thing is to look for medications or toxic exposures that might cause the abnormal heart rate, and also evidence of neurologic dysfunction beyond jump in heart rate. This can be done with a careful physical examination, preferably by a neurologist. If a careful review of symptoms and careful physical exam don't suggest any other problems, then no other testing is usually needed. ...Read more

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How can i cope with dysautonomia?

Dysautonomia: This is not an easy medical issue to overcome. It is a condition most often related to neurological disorders. The nerve system affecting your lower extremity is most common. I presume you have seen your doctor and/or neurologist. You must let them know that you are not responding as much as you like and alternative actions are likely to be discussed before a decision is made. ...Read more