Published: 07/29/2011 - Updated: 09/06/2018
Author: K. Laura Garcés G
Dysautonomia is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system, which produces, among other things, the inability to function due to fatigue or weakness. It is also known as neurasthenia.
Why does it happen?
The autonomic nervous system regulates many important functions of the body such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature and breathing. It also controls the response of fight or start, as in the case of an attack, where the body's response is tachycardia, elevated pulse or blood pressure, and an elevation of force. In the case of dysautonomia, the response is inadequate and instead of giving impetus to force, the opposite occurs: bradycardia or slow pulse, it lowers blood pressure and force, and there is a feeling of tiredness and sleepiness. If this is combined with a deficiency of collagen in the wall of blood vessels, decreasing of the pressure will become stronger and venous return will be difficult, causing a decrease in oxygen in the brain. This is due to impaired regulation of autonomic nervous system.
Symptoms of dysautonomia:
- Constant or chronic fatigue
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Perspiration in the brow
- Pale face
- Due to poor blood circulation, they are chilly and sleepy people, but otherwise they cannot tolerate high heat.
- People batteries run out easily and have no energy.
- When standing for a long time, the person feels faint and skin gets pale or gray and clammy.
- There is not much encouragement, interest or participation in conversations or activities.
An interesting point to note is that these people feel good when they are happy at work or parties, but decline when they are tired, bored, feel alone or after meals. This episodic or chronic fatigue can be confused with depression, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, or hypoglycemia. People can think they are lazy and unsociable, lacking energy to socialize and participate with other people in meetings.
These symptoms occur when:
- There are sudden changes in emotions.
- When standing quickly after lying down or standing a long time.
- When walking slowly.
- When you are indoors.
- With sudden temperature changes.
Each time you assume the standing position, 300 to 800 cc of blood are left in the abdomen and / or lower extremities by gravity. This happens within seconds after the change of position. As the body of an organism with dysautonomia is unable to compensate completely and return blood to the upper body, symptoms appear.
Who is affected?
This condition can affect both sexes, especially teenagers and young adults. It can also affect children.
- A long neglected diet.
- When the dysautonomia is recent or transitory, it is more likely to be due to a viral infection or the use of drugs such as isoproterenol.
- Pressure, voltage or constant anxiety for a long time.
- Elimination or control of excessive emotions or aggression.
- Avoidance or suppression of deep feelings of anger.
- A sense of defeatism or lack of love or joy (no current love or affection in life).
Dysautonomia usually improves with time. However, treatment is necessary since it is a problem of the circulation and nervous system.
The first is to consider especially the emotional aspect of the person, help to vent any pent-up emotions and understand them. A massage of bioenergy usually helps a lot, as well as reflexology. In addition, you must make a personal assessment of the person's feelings and help to calm the forces in positive ways.
The diet should support the blood to flow more efficiently and venous return becomes more efficient. For this it is necessary to include in the diet: fresh vegetable juice, pollen (which is a high-energy food), grain molasses, ginger, citrus fruits in the morning to help cleanse the blood and veins and to help the proper formation of collagen.
Stimulating the calf muscles with a massage is helpful to the recovery in the event of dizziness or fainting.
The practice of some exercise can also help, although if the person does not feel like doing it, it is best to treat the problem emotionally and with the diet first.
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