Autonomic dysfunction -also known as autonomic neuropathy and dysautonomia – occurs when nerves of the autonomic nervous system are damaged. The autonomic nervous system controls “automatic” body functions, so symptoms may include regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and perspiration. Other symptoms may include lightheadedness, fainting, weakness and cognitive impairment. Some of the most common forms of autonomic dysfunction include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) / Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF) and Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA). Because autonomic dysfunction is a general term to describe many different conditions, treatment will vary depending on an individual’s condition
Information provided in part by Dysautonomia International.