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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Generalized Dysautonomia

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Does dysautonomia typically present with all symptoms? For example, can it be normal at one moment, but not at another?

Does dysautonomia typically present with all symptoms?  For example, can it be normal at one moment, but not at another?

Depends: On type of Dysautonomia syndrome. Some people may have bouts of autonomic failure leading to fainting if standing in one place for an extended period ( as in while standing in line ). Others will be symptomatic most of the time. ...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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I had a constellation of symptoms for 2 months, whilst on hol in australia. I think it's dysautonomia, my gp anxiety. I feel so poorly. What can I do?

I had a constellation of symptoms for 2 months, whilst on hol in australia. I think it's dysautonomia, my gp anxiety. I feel so poorly. What can I do?

Info, Please.: We can't put this off as purely psychological. I would suggest you get a comprehensive history and physical exam with some lab testing. It is possible you picked up an infectious disease while on holiday. It is also possible you have a glandular disorder such as hypothyroidism or also possibly anemia. Only after ruling out physical causes should one consider anxiety as the root cause. ...Read more

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Alt76 clear ultrasound seem to have dysautonomia is this a symptom of cirrhosis? Would cirrhosis have shown on ultrasound?

Alt76 clear ultrasound seem to have dysautonomia is this a symptom of cirrhosis? Would cirrhosis have shown on ultrasound?

Not necessarily: Ultrasound may not have sufficient resolution to detect cirrhosis. Elevated ALT alone is not an indication of cirrhosis either. If you have any concerns about cirrhosis, due to alcohol use or chronic hepatitis, you should consult a doctor for an evaluation. 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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I have ehlers danlos syndrome, III & have developed some symptoms similar to dysautonomia. I've been unable to find a md familiar with it. What's next?

I have ehlers danlos syndrome, III & have developed some symptoms similar to dysautonomia. I've been unable to find a md familiar with it. What's next?

Academic Center: Your condition is rare and there are experts on this condition. The best clinicians for this would be those at an academic medical center associated with an university. You could do a search and check to see if there is an ehler-danlos foundation that could direct you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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My dr did an echo f/u as my last one showed "low-normal"EF, I have dysautonomia & lupus, should I be worried? what are the symptoms of failing heart

My dr did an echo f/u as my last one showed "low-normal"EF, I have dysautonomia & lupus, should I be worried? what are the symptoms of failing heart

Ask your doctor: Your doctor is your best source of information regarding your recent echo. In general, heart failure can cause fatigue, swelling in the legs (edema), shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does dysautonomia appear suddenly? Or a birth defect? Also I have MVP can I have POTS? If so how can I find out? All my symptoms appeared 5 months ago

Does dysautonomia appear suddenly? Or a birth defect? Also I have MVP can I have POTS? If so how can I find out? All my symptoms appeared 5 months ago

Many congenital : sensory neuropathies have been mapped to specific genetic errors; e.g., Familial Dysautonimia, widespread sensory & variable autonomic dysfunction, an Ashkenazi Jewish disorder. 75-80% of teens with a subtype of POTS that begins during the pubertal growth spurt have no symptoms as adults. If your heart rate ^'es by 30 BPM to at least 120 BMP within 10 min. of standing, see your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Got dysautonomia and pots, what vessels does nicotine constrict? Seems to help my symptoms? Using a vaporizer not cigarettes

Got dysautonomia and pots,  what vessels does nicotine constrict? Seems to help my symptoms? Using a vaporizer not cigarettes

Arteries: Nicotine causes increased peripheral vascular resistance, due to constriction of the arteries (i.e. the blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood throughout the body). There are other, safer, treatment options for POTS than nicotine. An appointment should be made with your PCP or cardiologist, to discuss those treatments as well as tobacco cessation, if you haven't already done so. ...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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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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Sat down heart rate 47, ran upstairs 150. BP 124/72 age 23. Not athlete. Have dysautonomia POTS. No symptoms at hr 47. Why so low? had ecgs,echos etc

Sat down heart rate 47, ran upstairs 150. BP 124/72 age 23. Not athlete. Have dysautonomia POTS. No symptoms at hr 47. Why so low? had ecgs,echos etc

All normal: It's not abnormal to have a heart rate of 47 while relaxed and at rest, especially if you're taking a beta blocker which, if you have POTS, I assume you are. Running anywhere, and especially up stairs, will signal your heart to beat more forcefully and faster to increase cardiac output to meet your metabolic demands. Max HR at your age is 200, so you're not even close. Sounds healthy to me. ...Read more

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Might methotrexate help w/dysautonomia symptoms caused by autoimmune disorder like lupus when standard tx (floninef & salt)don't' work but prednisone does?

May not be best: Dysautonomia due to lupus could be due to neurological involvement such as autonomic neuropathy, or due to adrenal suppression as a consequence of prolonged steroid treatment. In the first case Methotrexate might not be a strong enough immunosuppressor; its role in lupus is mainly limited to treating arthritis. In the second case, the treatment would be supplemental steroids such as florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read more

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