I Tend To Call It "Autonomic Stupidity"

I'm twenty-five years old, and have dealt with chronic illness for most of my life. I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia shortly after puberty, and my symptoms have slowly progressed. I have take approximately thirty to forty pills on the daily bases to control my symptoms. Even still, I've been in respiratory arrest twice.

Explained simply, my illness causes a dysfunction of autonomic nervous system. That is, the functions within the body that are supposed to be controlled automatically. My particular disorder causes: dangerously low blood pressure, sudden blood pressure changes, fainting, nausea, vomiting, headaches, tachycardia, bradycardia, breath holding, decreased respiration, thermoregulatory dysfunction, hypothermia, heat intolerance, lightheadedness, extreme fatigue, weakness, electrolyte abnormalities, disorientation, seizures, joint hypermobility, neuropathy, gastroparesis, hypoglycemia, bone pain, orthostatic intolerance, etc.

I would love to meet other people with ANS disorders. I've seen many different specialists, tried all types of medication, and done a lot of research on the autonomic nervous system. I love helping others with Dysautonomia, and Autonomic Dysfunction improve their overall quality of life. Please contact me if I can be of any help! :)

HalBashes HalBashes
4 Responses Feb 16, 2010

You're strong... I wish you get more strength to deal with what ever comes your way..... You inspired me....

I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which is closely related to ANS in that my autonomic nervous system is damaged. My symptoms include: lightheaded, fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle pain, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, tachycardia, exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, joint pain, easy bruising and fainting. <br />
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I'm a 30 year old female with two young children. I am able to work full-time although I miss work often when symptoms increase or worsen. I only take one medication as of now, control my diet and increase my salt intake.

Thank you for sharing, I'm glad you are still fighting through each and every day. I don't have Dysautonomia, but I wish the best for you.

I already know you, but I'd like to meet others with ANS disorders too! Thanks for posting this! :-)