By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie
Dysautonomia– (Dis-auto-NO-mia) is a general term used to describe any disorder of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system.
Forms of dysautonomia include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS) and Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Symptoms of dysautonomia include lightheadedness, fainting, tachycardia and chest pains. Those with dysautonomia frequently become bedridden due to the severity of their symptoms.
Dysautonomia is not rare. Over 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of dysautonomia. (Dysautonomia International)
On the whole, dysautonomia is poorly understood by medical professionals with patients having to wait years for a diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Help us raise awareness of dysautonomia this month by:
- Sharing on social media
- Telling someone new about dysautonomia
- Talking about your dysautonomia with friends and family
- Talking to your doctor if you suspect that you have a form of dysautonomia