Dysautonomia is an term used to describe conditions that cause a malfunctioning in the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the the automatic functions of the body, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, kidney function and temperature control.
Unless you suffer from multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or traumatic brain injury, dysautonomia is probably a word that you’ve never heard of. The problem with that is the symptoms of dysautonomia are probably the most difficult to deal with in when it comes to chronic illness. It’s even a condition that can exist on it’s own. The symptoms of dysautonomia affect a wide variety of organ symptoms; because of this, many patients with this condition will get their heart or digestive system checked, when the problem really lies within the nervous system.
About This Condition
Symptoms of Dysautonimia
Dysautonomia is not a rare condition. Over 70 million people in the world are living with some type of dysautonomia, meaning the symptoms can vary widely. Symptoms can include extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, brain fog and frequent dizziness or fainting. Other physical symptoms can present with migraines, serve abdominal pain, excessive sweating and even anxiety or panic attacks.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is a type of dysautonomia that is associated with the presence of tachycardia and other symptoms upon standing. While increased heart rate is the main symptom of POTS, patients can also have low blood volume and high levels of plasma, with presents in increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system. Patients with POTS can also experience exercise intolerance, nausea, fainting spells, cold sensations in the extremities and shortness of breath.
How We Can Help
Because of the nature of these symptoms, dysautonomia is often considered an invisible illness. A diagnosis of dysautonomia is usually given in conjunction with another condition like multiple sclerosis, diabetes or Parkinson’s. While there is currently no cure for this condition, Integrated Brain Centers can provide holistic therapies to improve your lifestyle and adapt to the disease. Contact our doctors today is you are experiencing symptoms os dysautonomia and let’s work together to devise a plan and get your feeling better today.
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