Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dysautonomia...huh!

Just read an interesting article that was linked from Fibro 360 Community on Facebook, called Dysautonomia in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Adrienne Dellwo.  Ms Dellwo has first hand knowledge of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) and writes about them at About.com.  Ms Dellwo recommends an article on subject called Dysautonomia, A family of misunderstood disorders By , About.com Guide Updated November 13, 2011.  Both articles are quick and easy reading.

The autonomic nervous system is supposed to keep things running on an even keel in your body.  It controls your breathing, heart rate, temperature, balance etc...things that just happen in your body without you having to think about it.  When you have dysautonomia you body is not working how it should be and problems occur.  Here are some of the symptoms they listed:
  • Aches and pains
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness, sometimes with fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure (especially upon standing)
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Poor exercise tolerance
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
I'll add a few more from personal experience
  • nausea
  • temperature control
  • trouble sleeping

With my FM and CFS I have had all the symptoms at one time or another and it was only in the past 2-3 years that I have had them for long periods of time with worsening problems with the aches and pains, blurred vision, depression, dizziness, fatigue, trouble sleeping, numbness and tingling, rapid heart rate, bruising, and temperature regulation.  Some days I do great and have very few problems but on the other days...well it is just better I go to bed and stay there cause I don't do well with anything including interpersonal relationships with family and friends.

Read the articles and follow the links to get some valuable information.

2 comments:

TeddyBobCrafts said...

As someone who is currently getting 6 hours of sleep maximum per night (and feeling awful for it - although it does mean I get in my craft room!) and all of the other symptoms mentioned, this made very interesting reading. So in Jane Austen's day, all those ladies being kept in bed may have had Fibro?! Thanks for posting the links and Gentle Hugs to you. Ali x

James said...

Hi,
Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Fibromyalgia Community? Our members will appreciate it.
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It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Articles, News, Photos and Videos if you like.
Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
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