Autonomic Neuropathy

Autonomic Neuropathy Treatment

When the nerves that control involuntary bodily functions are damaged, Autonomic neuropathy occurs and can affect temperature control, blood pressure, digestion, bladder function and even sexual function.

The nerve damage interferes with the messages that are sent from the brain to other organs and areas of the autonomic nervous system, such as the heart, blood vessels and sweat glands.

Diabetes is the most common cause of autonomic neuropathy, but other health conditions, even an infection can be a contributor to this condition. In some instances, medications  may also cause nerve damage.

The American Diabetes Association recommends annual autonomic neuropathy screening for people with Type 2 diabetes if you receive a diabetes diagnosis. For Type 1 diabetes, the Association advises annual screening beginning five years after receiving a diagnosis.

Arizona Neurology Associates (ANA) are medical doctors specializing in diagnosing and treating patients with brain and nervous system disorders. Because of our understanding of symptoms, Arizona Neurology Associates can design a treatment plan that is based on which nerves are damaged.

Seek medical care with Arizona Neurology Associates promptly if you begin experiencing any of these signs and symptoms of Autonomic neuropathy, particularly if you have diabetes and it's poorly controlled.

· Dizziness and fainting caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.

· Urinary problems, such as starting to urinate, inability to void completely, and incontinence.

· Sexual difficulties, including problems achieving or maintaining an erection for men vaginal dryness and difficulty reaching orgasm for women.

· Difficulty digesting food, such as a feeling of fullness after a few bites of food, appetite loss, diarrhea, constipation, stomach bloating, nausea, vomiting, swallowing difficulty, and heartburn.

· Sweating abnormalities, such as excessive sweating or too little, which inhibits regulations of body temperature.

· Slow to react pupils, making it difficult to adjust from light to dark or night driving.

· Exercise intolerance, which may occur if your heart rate stays the same instead of adjusting to an increase in activity level.

If you already have been diagnosed with Autonomic neuropathy, are unhappy with the care your primary doctor is providing, or simply would like another opinion, then seeing a neurologist is reasonable. Arizona Neurology Associates (ANA) truly understand what you’re going through and want to help.