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What is a the definition of cardiac autonomic neuropathy?

What is a the definition of cardiac autonomic neuropathy?

See below: Nerve damage that affects the nerves that control automatic functions of the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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How do you know if its postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or cardiac autonomic neuropathy? Male 22. Not diabetic. Thanks

How do you know if its postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or cardiac autonomic neuropathy? Male 22. Not diabetic. Thanks

Here's my take: Postural orthostatic techycardia syndrome is fairly common and has a variety of different causes if the pathologist gets to look at nerve. Since you're asking to distinguish two not-well-understood illnesses, neither of which has a specific treatment, and since autonomic neuropathy is usually a diabetic's problem, i'd go with the good clinical fit -- if it seems like pots, then that's working dx. ...Read more

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Can autonomic neuropathy really be idiopathic?

Can autonomic neuropathy really be idiopathic?

Yes: Idiopathic sply means that we do not know the cause. The science may find a cause in future. Sometimes a patient diagnosed as idiopathic may develop conditions like diabetes several years after neuropathy was diagnosed. ...Read more

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If I am now a 21yr old female with autonomic neuropathy caused by diabetes, will this ever go away?

If I am now a 21yr old female with autonomic neuropathy caused by diabetes, will this ever go away?

Diabetic neuropathy: Controlling your blood sugar is extremely important to deter the progression of diabetic neuropathy. Vitamin B12 (either by oral or injection) is also very important. Recent studies indicated that vitamin B12 depletion was related with the use of metformin. ...Read more

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I need recommendations/names of MN doctors who specialize in diagnosing POTS or similar autonomic neuropathy?

I need recommendations/names of MN doctors who specialize in diagnosing POTS or similar autonomic neuropathy?

Try the Mayo clinic: The Mayo clinic is a world wide expert in this subject, and they have many helpful resources for evaluating this kind of problem. ...Read more

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What is the Ayurvedic treatment for autonomic neuropathy?

What is the Ayurvedic treatment for autonomic neuropathy?

A hole in your head: Best treatment is trepanation. That's drilling a hole in your head to let out the evil humors. Ayurvedic medicine is 3000 yr old. Trepanation is even older, 10000 yr. Older is EVEN BETTER, right? Sound good? Or makes you want to run away very fast? Wake UP. "Ancient wisdom" is a myth. Ayurveda is NOT medicine. It's unscientific, unproved superstition. Be a skeptic, not a sucker. ...Read more

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Does autonomic neuropathy go away?

Does autonomic neuropathy go away?

Neuropathy: Unfortunately it would be very unlikely for autonomic neuropathy to resolve. ...Read more

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Is there always a cause for autonomic neuropathy?

Is there always a cause for autonomic neuropathy?

YES: The major feature of the hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (hsans) is loss of large myelinated and unmyelinated fibers. They have been categorized into five types (hsan1-5). ...Read more

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What's the difference between autonomic neuropathy and pots?

What's the difference between autonomic neuropathy and pots?

HR and BP.: Autonomic neuropathy is characterized by a large fall in blood pressure and a small rise in hr with standing. Pots is characterized by a large rise in hr and minimal change in BP with the same maneuver. Pots is more often seen in younger adults. Paxil (paroxetine) may contribute to symptoms of orthostasis. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Can happen: Autonomic neuropathies do occur with some chemotherapy treatments, but is less common than the sensory or sensorimotor neuropathies. The prognosis is dependent on the level of change, intensity of chemotherapy, and whether modifications of the chemotherapy were given as well as if treatment was initiated. See your oncologist and discuss the issue. ...Read more

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Difference between autonomic neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy?

Difference between autonomic neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy?

See below.: Peripheral neuropathy has to do with sensation or lack of sensation of peripheral nerves: often in feet, legs and hand. Autonomic neuropathy has affects the autonomic nervous systems which control involuntary body functions such as control of blood vessel size, sweating etc. ...Read more

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My doctor said today I was borderline for autonomic neuropathy he said it was rite on the border line but he would not worry about it? What to think?

My doctor said today I was borderline for autonomic neuropathy he said it was rite on the border line but he would not worry about it? What to think?

NEUROPATHY: That either your sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system is affected by neuropathy and must not be serious for you to worry. ...Read more

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I have autonomic neuropathy and mottling on my arms and hands, what causes this?

Autonomic NS: The changes in your arms are due to the underlying disease process. The mottling is a sign of autonomic disregulation. ...Read more

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What is autonomic neuropathy?

What is autonomic neuropathy?

Autonomic neurop: It is a neuropathy with symptoms caused by the autonomous nervous system manifested with vasospasm, changes in blood pressure like orthostasis or sudden changes in blood pressure, pallor, rubor, increase sweat or, warmth or cold in an specific localized área of the body. Common in diabetics. ...Read more

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What exactly is autonomic neuropathy?

Autonomic neuropathy: Autonomic neuropathy is a disorder that affects the autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic and/or sympathetic, which controls involuntary body functions. It can cause abnormal involuntary functions of the heart, blood vessels, sweat glands, or digestive system. autonomic neuropathy can be a complication of a number of diseases, including diabetes, or a side effect of some medications. ...Read more

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What problems are caused by autonomic neuropathy? How are they best treated? How much improvement happens?

Supportive: Autonomic neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the nerves that manage every day body functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion.

Treatment is supportive. Several treatments may be attempted before a successful one is found.

Check this out for more information:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com//health/autonomic-neuropathy/ds00544. ...Read more

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Can mild sleep apnea untreated for years cause autonomic neuropathy?

Can mild sleep apnea untreated for years cause autonomic neuropathy?

Unlikely at your age: Autonomic neuropathy is rare. Chest pain between gerd and heart disease can give autonomic symptoms such as light headedness, shortness of breath. Diabetes, valvular heart disease and brain disorders must be considered. See a neurologist and sleep medicine doctor for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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I have autonomic neuropathy dystautonomia and pots and mayo clinic cannot figure out why? This is my second visit and I am still here. Can anyone help? Its been very ffrustrating for me and my family

Mayo is very good: If doctors at mayo clinic can not figure out, you are out of luck. So be patient and do what they have advised. Sometimes you can have a medical condition which is difficult to diagnose and treat. That is what autonomic neuropathy is....Very hard to find the cause and difficult to treat. So stick with them....There is not any better alternatives elsewhere! ...Read more

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Decreased sweating from autonomic neuropathy. Can I correct this? Ok to still workout???

Decreased sweating from autonomic neuropathy. Can I correct this? Ok to still workout???

Have this checked!: If you aren't sweating normally that is something to discuss with your doctor, as sweating helps reduce our core body temperature when we work out so we don't overheat! So, if you aren't sweating at all, there's a chance that your core temperature could rise higher than what is safe. See what your doctor says, and follow it closely, and find out what you can do safely. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome vs autonomic neuropathy?

POTS vs. Dysauto: In general by history and formal examination by a neurologist trained in autonomic disorders. There are lab tests that can be necessary to sort this out. Pots is classified as dysautonomia but associated with rapid heart rate in upright positions. Many other autonomic problems than that usual if autonomic neuropathy is diagnosed - GI dysmotility, loss of sweating, loss of blood pressure control. ...Read more

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Are there any medications for heat intolerance? I have severe heat intolerance due to autonomic neuropathy (30 years of type 1 diabetes). I am only comfortable when an AC is blowing cold air on me.

No: Control environment Wear thin loss cloths and may need to be naked while in house and drink plenty of cold water. Avoid exposure to heat. Presume work up for Thyroid abnormalities was negative ...Read more

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I'm going to be starting ivig for dysautonomia pots small fiber neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. Anything I should be worried a anout?

Ivig: There is a possibility that you may have an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to the ivig. Be prepared with steroids and other medication to counteract the reaction. ...Read more

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Can Parkinson's disease cause pots/ dystautonomia and autonomic neuropathy? Mayo clinic cannot find my cause to many diagnosis.. ...Any help

PD and Dysautonomia: A variant of parkinson"s has dysautonomia as a feature. A parkinsonian syndrome known as multiple system atrophy has significant autonomic system dysfunction. ...Read more

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Have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. My BP sat down was 115/60 hr 64 stood up 135/80 hr 97. Autonomic neuropathy or just pots? Male 22

Have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. My BP sat down was 115/60 hr 64 stood up 135/80 hr 97. Autonomic neuropathy or just pots? Male 22

Autonomic neuropathy: To define autonomic neuropathy, must have other aspects of that part of the nervous system assessed or tested. Problems with maintaining bp, abnormal sweating, GI motility, pupils, etc. Pots implies tachycardia on going upright with maintenance of bp. As an example, autonomic neuropathy would probably have drop in blood pressure without increase in heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it possible a non diabetic person suffered peripheral neuropathy or autonomic neuropathy problems? What is the best supplement for me to take? Help!

B12: B12 has been shown to help in neuropathy. However talk with you doctor to make sure its safe for you to take or if other medications maybe more helpful. ...Read more

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Autonomic neuropathy sympts for 21mths. Anti hu tested neg. Could this be a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome? My GP says don't worry PNS rare. Ideas

Autonomic neuropathy sympts for 21mths. Anti hu tested neg. Could this be a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome? My GP says don't worry PNS rare. Ideas

Autonomic neuropathy: Occurs in women typically with onset in the 4th or 5th decade. First confirm you have it (see a neurologist and have an EMG-NCS done. If the diagnosis is in question thermal testing and a tilt table test can clarify matters. Read about POTS and its many causes ...Read more

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Could sleep apnea cause autonomic neuropathy? Doctor is telling me it can? Any idea?

Yes: Autonomic abnormalities have been linked to sleep apnea, especially central sleep apnea. You can read more here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/15195047
http://www. Sleep-journal. Com/article/s1389-9457 (06)00196-1/abstract. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

Is autonomic neuropathy a presentation of small cell lung cancer? If so how long until the tumor appears?

It can be: Autonomic neuropathy has many causes, including diabetes. Cancer would be the most unusual cause. Rarely autonomic neuropathy can be the first sign of cancer like small cell lung cancer. There is no way to tell when the tumor will appear, but most patients have anti-Hu antibodies on a blood test. If your doctor has ruled out every other cause, it might make sense to do that blood test. ...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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I have autonomic neuropathy pots /gilberts syndrome / first degree av block and GERD. Gonna sound weird but my voice is changing on m? Why is this?

Changing voice: You need to see a doctor. Some of things which he would check will be your thyroid function and ian ENT doctor visit to check your vocal cords. ...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

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I have autonomic neuropathy / pots / sleep apnea / GERD / 1st degree av block / gilberts syndrome / doctors cannot find my cause for an and pots?

Hospital setting: I would consider being referred to some sort of hospital setting, like mayo clinic, that can have you be seen by several related departments and get collaboration of the findings and tests. ...Read more

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Just had unremarkable CT 2 years after start of autonomic neuropathy. Can this rule out small cell lung cancer or should 6 monthly CTs continue?

Just had unremarkable CT 2 years after start of autonomic neuropathy. Can this rule out small cell lung cancer or should 6 monthly CTs continue?

Mgt: High resolution CT scans are useful in diagnostic screening. Small nodules may be missed though, and if there are any other signs such as pleural involvement, swelling of the lymph nodes, additional screening is indicated. Serum markers EA, PSA, NSE, CA19-9, AFP, β-HCG, and ProGRP, can help to identify a cancer that is not seen by imaging. Sequential screening is continued every 6m x 4 yrs min. ...Read more

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Have leg & arm weakness, fatigue & autonomic neuropathy symptoms. Will a VoltGatedCalciumChannel VGCC blood test add any value to my suspicions?

Have leg & arm weakness, fatigue & autonomic neuropathy symptoms. Will a VoltGatedCalciumChannel VGCC blood test add any value to my suspicions?

Neurological consult: Further specific test such VGCC must be discussed with your neurologist, as he/she has full picture about your case. ...Read more

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night sweats EVERY night, nausea and fatigue. How do I know if it's perimenopause or autonomic neuropathy. I have small fiber neuropathy. 37yrs old?

Check hormones: Best if you see an endocrinologist as he or she will likely be interesting in checking your LH, FSH, estrogen and thyroid levels to ensure your ovaries are working properly. Dysautonomia is not uncommon in individals with neuropathies. Make sure you also have your vitamin and mineral levels checks and also to rule out gluten sensitivity/celiac disease. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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