Lydia Jen (lydiajen) wrote in fainters_unite,
Lydia Jen

"Those Dysfunctional Autonomics"

When I saw that portion of the title in this article, I immediately thought, "Hey that sounds like me!" Since I have been diagnosed with forms of dysautonomia, including vasovagal syncope and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome(POTS).

What I didn't know was that Fibro was considered a form of dysautonomia, according to that article at least...but after reading the article it makes sense.

The only problem mentioned in the article that I don't have (yet) is the migraines but I do have severe tension headaches instead...which are improving since my osteopath has me wearing a soft cervical collar to bed. It took some getting used to, but now it actually feels good.


"Editor’s note: The autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls involuntary bodily functions. It is intimately responsive to changes in somatic activities. The ANS consists of motor nerves to visceral effectors: smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, glands such as the salivary, gastric, and sweat glands, and the adrenal medullae (inner portion of the adrenal gland).

Our autonomics have gone astray in fibromyalgia. In addition to causing pain and fatigue, the dysfunctional and hypersensitive autonomic nerves can cause a number of distinct conditions which are part of fibromyalgia but may require separate treatment approaches to try and calm them down. In this chapter, I will address six such conditions that are the result of those dysfunctional autonomics: irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, depression, anxiety disorder and panic attacks, migraine headaches, and near-syncope."
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