October is Dysautonomia Awareness month. I wanted to do a post to raise awareness so I thought I’d share with you all five fast facts about Dysautonomia.
- Dysauto what? Dis-oughta’-know-me-uh. For those of you who have never heard of it, Dysautonomia is the medical term for a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)or autonomic dysfunction.
- Dysautonomia can impact many different organs, resulting in many different symptoms and can impact the whole body. Think about all of the things your ANS is responsible for. Breathing, regulating heart rate, regulating body temperature, going to the toilet. the list goes on.
- Symptoms may include tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension or hypertension, dizzy spells, orthostatic intolerance (symptoms which occur when standing up), inability to regulate body temperature , nausea, vomiting, incontinence, a dry mouth, dry eyes and even brain fog.
- There are many different types of Dysautonomia including ; Neaurally Mediated Hypotension(NMH), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), MSA (Mu;tiple System Atrophy), Familial Dysautonomia (FD), Autoimmune Autonomic Ganglionopathy (AAG) and Pandysautonomia (Pandys).
- The international awareness colour for Dysautonomia is turquoise.
If you haven’t read my previous post from last year on how you can show your support people living with Dysautonomia and help raise awareness you can read it here.
I would love it if every one of you who reads this post takes a step towards raising awareness by wearing a turquoise coloured ribbon and sharing these posts on social media.