Dysautonomia is a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function. The ANS regulates functions in the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and gut function, to mention only a few. Many of the patients who have this disorder experience racing heart, palpitations, chest pain, low blood pressure, lightheadedness or even passing out. Because the ANS regulates so many different organ systems, symptoms can be varied and difficult to tie together. This leads many patients to see multiple specialists including neurologist, cardiologist, gastroenterologist and ENT's. The most difficult part of treatment is actually making an accurate diagnosis.
Lifestyle changes, some of which include exercise, caffeine restriction and hydration, aide in improving or eliminating these symptoms. Medication is frequently used to treat patients with Dysautonomia. The goal of treatment is the remission of symptoms and return to normal life. Patients may require medicine long term in order to control their symptoms. Others can come off of medication after several months of treatment.
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