Dysautonomia

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What is dysautonomia?

Dysautonomia is a broad term that describes any disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. It can be local, as in reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or generalized, as in pure autonomic failure. It can be acute and reversible, as in Guillain-Barre syndrome, or chronic and progressive.

Common symptoms reported by people with dysautonomia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with dysautonomia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Jobst Compression Stockings)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
5
Tried for
dysautonomia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
fatigue (4) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mestinon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
dysautonomia (5) fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
dysautonomia (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) dysautonomia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (2)
2 more

Data from patients with dysautonomia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with dysautonomia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Jobst Compression Stockings)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysautonomia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
muscle soreness numbness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
dysautonomia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (4) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mestinon)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysautonomia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
dysautonomia (5) fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches increased anxiety 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches increased anxiety 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysautonomia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
low potassium (hypokalemia)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
dysautonomia (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
fatigue (3) dysautonomia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (2)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with dysautonomia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has dysautonomia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 91
30s 117
40s 128
50s 95
60s 66
70+ 13
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 118
20-29 years 56
30-39 years 51
40-49 years 42
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 4
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 50
Female 468

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 317
Not Diagnosed 44

These charts show data from dysautonomia patients who have completed their condition history
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