Autonomic neuropathy is a condition that occurs when nerves in charge of bodily functions are damaged. Areas affected include digestion, bladder functioning, blood pressure, and sexual functioning.
The damaged nerves interfere with messages being sent from the brain to other organs across the autonomic nervous system. Areas involved include sweat glands, heart, and blood vessels.
Causes of Autonomic Neuropathy
Diabetes is the most common cause of Autonomic neuropathy, but other illnesses can cause this condition as well.
These illnesses include:
Other causes of Autonomic Neuropathy include:
Symptoms of Autonomic Neuropathy
Symptoms vary based on what nerves are affect. The most common symptoms include the following:
How is Autonomic Neuropathy diagnosed?
The type of testing for this condition depends on your symptoms and risk factors. Autonomic Neuropathy is known to be a possible complication for several diseases.
If you have risk factors and symptoms of this condition, your doctor may perform a physical exam and ask you what symptoms you are experiencing.
If you have symptoms of Autonomic neuropathy but do not have risk factors for the condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam, talk about your medical history, and order the following tests:
Treatment for Autonomic Neuropathy
Treatment may include the following:
While this condition isn't an autoimmune disease in itself, it is one that those of us with autoimmune disease should be aware of.
If you exhibit any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.