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Doctor insights on: Handling Dysautonomia Condition

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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

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dysautonomia (Definition)

Dysautonomia is a condition where there is malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, which controls things like blood pressure, heart ...Read more


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What sort of disorder is dysautonomia?

What sort of disorder is dysautonomia?

Dysfunction of ANS: One of the biggest culprits in autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction is fluctuating blood sugars (bs)if the bs is too low your sympathetic nervous system will be stimulated, if the bs is too high, your parasympathetic nervous system will be stimulated. By keeping bs stable you can reduce dysautonomia. Many autonomic symptoms will result from this disorder. ...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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I am dealing with ctd, dysautonomia and ft job. My coworkers think that I should work late hours more than my peers because they have kids and i don't. I spent saturdayin bed, recovering. They know about my condition but they say I have no kids. What shou

I am dealing with ctd, dysautonomia and ft job. My coworkers think that I should work late hours more than my peers because they have kids and i don't. I spent saturdayin bed, recovering. They know about my condition but they say I have no kids. What shou

I don't like them!: I don't like your colleagues! my mother always says: "ya gotta look out for number one". Is it worth helping everyone else if you'e going to pay for it by being exhausted the entire weekend? It's your choice. Do what you have to do to do an excellent job, but take care of yourself, as it obviously affects your physical and mental health, but remember what mom says: ya gotta look out for #1. ...Read more

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I have dysautonomia and was just dxd with small fiber axonopathy . Is this a progressive terminal disease like multiple systems atrophy?

No, very different: The small fibre neuropathy may be a clue to underlying causation of your dysautonomia. Considerations could include an immune process, early presentation of diabetes, and possible amyloid, porphyria, or alcohol/nutritional etiologies, but you may need more studies to pin down. Some pts respond to infusions of ivig, and would be worth considering. ...Read more

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Is it "normal" to easily wax & wane between energy & no energy when dealing w/both connective tissue disease&dysautonomia?All external factors aside.

Yes: It is indeed normal for energy levels to wax and wane. This happens to all people, even those who don't have any chronic illness or conditions. However, the swings in energy may be more pronounced in someone who has a chronic condition. God days may be realy good, and bad days may be really bad. Try to get a little done and light activity on "bad days", and don't overdue "good days". ...Read more

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I'm so scared i was just dxd with small fiber axonopathy i also have dysautonomia and pots. Is this a terminal disease like msa or als?

No, not a disease: Small fibre neuropathy is a problem associated with a multitude of disorders, such as diabetes, and is just part of some disorder. It is not at all like msa or als. Talk to your doctor about how this fits with your other problems and how to manage the entire picture. ...Read more

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Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.

It depends: In general, dysautonomia and seizures could occur independently and this is the case in most patients. However, there is no simple answer to your question. Seizures can cause autonomic changes (depending on seizure type) and people could seize after a syncopal episode (syncope can be due to dysautonomia). You should meet with your physician to see if they think the 2 conditions are related. ...Read more