Dysautonomia is an umbrella term under which several other conditions fall. All of these conditions have one thing in common: the person's autonomic nervous system is not functioning correctly. Basically, anything that your body does automatically, without you thinking about it, can malfunction. This includes heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, and body temperature control. People living with various forms of dysautonomia have trouble regulating their bodily systems.
My specific form of Dysautonomia is called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). The thing that sets POTS apart from other forms of Dysautonomia is that with standing, my heart rate goes up higher than it should. POTS can cause lightheadness, fainting, tachycardia/fast heart rate, chest pains, shortness of breath, GI upset, shaking, exercise intolerance, temperature sensitivity and more. Researchers compare the disability seen in POTS to the disability seen in conditions like COPD and congestive heart failure.
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