What is Dysautonomia?    

“Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe several different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System, which consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system." [ x ]

As depicted, the Autonomic Nervous System controls the "automatic" functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation & constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, & temperature control. People living with various forms of Dysautonomia have trouble regulating these systems. They often go from one extreme to the other, as the condition is comparable to constantly flipping an on/off switch in the body.

Symptoms are:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Unstable blood pressure
  • Abnormal Heart Rate
  • Malnutrition
  • Excessive or Reduced Sweating
  • Tachycardia or Bradycardia
  • Gastroparesis or Dumping Syndrome
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Blurred Vision
  • Involuntary Breath Holding or Hyperventilation 
And more. 

Dysautonomia is not rare - just rarely diagnosed. Over 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of dysautonomia. People of any age, gender or race can be impacted. There is no cure.

A common form of Dysautonomia includes: 

"Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) - estimated to impact 1 out of 100 teenagers and, including adult patients, a total of 1,00,000 to 3,000,000 Americans. POTS symptoms normally occur upon standing, as a result of the body's negative response to regulating postural changes. Symptoms consist of lightheadedness, fainting, tachycardia, chest pains, shortness of breath, shaking, exercise intolerance, temperature sensitivity and more. 
While POTS predominantly impacts young women who look healthy on the outside, researchers compare the disability seen in POTS to the disability seen in conditions like COPD and congestive heart failure.” [ x ]    

This condition is associated with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome because the faulty connective tissues results in vessels being too lax, preventing the body from pumping blood to the brain upon standing. It is exacerbated by Mast Cell Disease due to mediator release also impacting the blood vessels and the remainder of the nervous system.