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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dysautonomia (Overview)

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


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Dysautonomia shows up as what kinds of symptoms in your body?

Dysautonomia shows up as what kinds of symptoms in your body?

Autonomic NS: Dysautonomia is term used when parts of the autonomic nervous system are not working correctly. This could effect many things like blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, salivation, GI motility, ability to focus vision, problems with erection, etc. These problems can be chronic and progressive or sometimes reversible. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
263 doctors shared insights

Dysautonomia (Overview)

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


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What are some common symptoms of dysautonomia?

What are some common symptoms of dysautonomia?

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. ...Read more

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I get episodes of full body tremor. Is this a sign of a serious neurological problem? P.s I may have a type of dysautonomia.

I get episodes of full body tremor. Is this a sign of a serious neurological problem? P.s I may have a type of dysautonomia.

You need to be seen: Talk to either your parents or other person who can help you connect with a doctor to evaluate these episodes. Without more descriptions as to what's going on when you have these tremors it's hard to say how serious or not these episodes are. If you already have a doctor who regularly follows you then, call them and set up an appointment. ...Read more

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Echo showed small mitral valve insufficiens doc call normal.Symptoms could be explained by a mvps with dysautonomia diagnosis but would doc have seen?

Echocardiogram: Trivial mitral valve insufficiency is a common, insignificant finding on echocardiograms in healthy people and is ignored as a cause of symptoms including dysautonomia. Mitral valve prolapse, while often without symptoms, may cause disorders of heart rhythm. If your echo showed mvp you may be having palpitations from it. Your physician would know best as he/she examined you and has the test results. ...Read more

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How do they diagnose dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction?

How do they diagnose dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction?

Many ways: Heart rate goes up when you arise and we put a monitor for that. In addition blood pressure drops as you get up but the body compensates, it may not be able to (orthostatic). We walk a person and see the heart rate go up if normal. ...Read more

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Do you know of a blood test called pna abs for dysautonomia caused after a viral syndrome. After blood test i will have autonomic functioning testing?

Mayo's does it: Mayo labs does the testing for these thankfully-rare autoimmune dysautonomias. These are rare but dramatic syndromes, and if you do indeed have one, i wish you good luck with this. http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/articles/hottopics/transcripts/2011/02-auto-dys-eval/13.html. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dysautonomia?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of any dysautonomia specialists in us?

Suggest: You try either the cleveland clinic (http://bit.Ly/m9say1) or the mayo clinic (http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/). ...Read more

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Dx dysautonomia. Breathing difficulties. Does having both genes - Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1)ATXN1 rs697739 C CC +/+ mean something?

Peut-etre ... non: Dysautonomia is not normally associated with SCA. It is smart to treat the dysautonomia symptoms. Do you know to do this? If that is going well, then I have no advice. What is the reason you had testing for the SCA1 genes? Do you have trouble walking, or does someone in your family have trouble walking? If may be helpful to know. For now though, this may have no significance. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat dysautonomia?

What's the most effective way to treat dysautonomia?

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. ...Read more

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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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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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Dysautonomia my brain vessels constrict and make me feel lightheaded, what drugs vasodilate only the brain?

Dysautonomia my brain vessels constrict and make me feel lightheaded, what drugs vasodilate only the brain?

Vasodilators: There are many vasodilators, but they're not necessarily specific to cerebral vasodilation. They include carbon dioxide, hydergine, papaverine, xenon, vinpocetine, YC-93, dipyridamole, etc. Many have been used to induce "cerebral steal" in the setting of stroke. See a neurologist to discuss the cause of your lightheadedness. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003092.htm ...Read more

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Is dysautonima genetic? Is there any relation between autism, dysautonomia and gluten intolerance? My mom also has macrobacterium avium. Connections?

Is dysautonima genetic? Is there any relation between autism, dysautonomia and gluten intolerance? My mom also has macrobacterium avium. Connections?

Many questions: There is familial dysautomia but uncertain about the other other associations. Some cases with gluten have been reported. Mycobacterium avium is an infectious disease and not related to the other conditions. Gluten is a different condition also. There is intolerance to gluten and treatment involves a gluten free diet. ...Read more

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Bp drops sometimes due to dysautonomia and i get a mild angina from lack of blood to heart, sitting down relieves it. Am i at risk of ventricular tach?

Bp drops sometimes due to dysautonomia and i get a mild angina from lack of blood to heart, sitting down relieves it. Am i at risk of ventricular tach?

Yes: Myocardial ischemia (poor blood supply to heart muscle) from low BP could trigger ventricular tachycardia, but it is extremely rate in case of dysautonomia. If there is low BP from dysautonomia you will feel dizziness or chest pain or experience syncope which makes you rest or take a supine position. These postural changes adjust your BP rapidly. Heart regains its blood supply quickly. ...Read more

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This may be stupid to ask but i wear compression stockings to prevent blood pooling (dysautonomia) can wearing those cause cold feet-its not too bad?

This may be stupid to ask but i wear compression stockings to prevent blood pooling (dysautonomia) can wearing those cause cold feet-its not too bad?

Even compression: If your hose is even and proper uniform compression, it should not cut off circulation. In my experience, blood pooling seems to cause cooler temperature sensations. The extra water in the tissues sucks up some of your heat. ...Read more

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Is dysautonomia lethal?

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