I Know I Can't Be the Only One ...I was diagnosed with dysautonomia about two years ago. Anyone who joins this group will know the story, but since it seems no one does yet, I'm going to explain the illness. Dysautonomia is caused by malfunctioning of the the autonomic nervous system (which controls all “unconscious” bodily functions - like heartbeat). In people with dysautonomia the person's vagus nerve (one of the 12 cranial nerves) malfunctions, causing the ANS to not work properly
Dysautnomia comes with a host of other illnesses, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS,) vasovagal or neurocardiogenic syncope, panic attacks, anxiety, inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST,) irritable bowel syndrome (IBS,) postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS,) and fibromyalgia. Not everyone has all of these symptoms. (I unfortunately do.)
Or another way to say it: frequent, vague but disturbing aches and pains, faintness/fainting, fatigue and inertia, severe anxiety attacks, tachycardia, hypotension, poor exercise tolerance, gastrointestinal symptoms, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and tingling, anxiety and depression.
I really hope that someone joins this site that has the same problem. If not, I'll have to be content to share my story for now. I will go into more detail later, I guess.
brandnew 21-25, F 33 Responses 6 Dec 13, 2007