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    • CommentAuthorElisheba
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2017 edited
    My autonomic-dysfunction was triggered by drugs given to me at the emergency room.

    The below is all from this article by Dr. Graham Exelby MBBS (UQ) ACNEM in Australia.

    Current research revolves around the TLR Receptors (Toll-Like Receptors), the innate threat response receptors that are activated by threats to the body, whether this be trauma, spinal injury, stress, inflammation, food our body perceives as a threat (such as gluten in a gluten-intolerant). This then provokes an immune response, which causes the symptoms in the various parts of the body.
    Dysautonomias caused by viral infections, toxic exposures, or trauma often have a rather sudden onset. Chronic fatigue syndrome, for instance, often begins following a typical viral-like illness (sore throat, fever, muscle aches, etc.,) but any of the dysautonomia syndromes can have a similar onset. Where food intolerance is the primary cause, the onset can be very subtle, although commonly it requires a trigger, which could be an injury again, or commonly an infection such as Blastocystis, or even a period of sustained or severe stress. ...

    Diet: It is very important that patients with dysautonomia eat a nutritionally complete, well balanced diet. Inadequate diets can worsen low energy levels. Preservatives and food chemicals should be avoided. The closer the diet is to the “natural product” generally the fewer the problems. Food intolerance is a very common associated problem. If food is eaten that you are intolerant off, the TLRs are triggered, with resultant increase in dysautonomia. Totally elimination of caffeine may be required, especially when there are problems with heart rate. Caffeine is a stimulant drug found in many drinks (such as coffee, tea, and colas) and some foods (such as chocolate). Caffeine tends to stimulate the autonomic nervous system and may worsen symptoms.
    You should work toward the reduction / removal of sugar in the diet. A surge in blood sugar stimulates the autonomic nervous system and may make symptoms worse. You should have a mid-afternoon high-protein snack, instead of sugary food. When you need to lose weight, fad and crash diets should be avoided. “Diet pills” too should be avoided as these can worsen symptoms.
    Food intolerance can aggravate symptoms, so that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a dominant feature, so control may require the assistance of a dietician. Food intolerance is often a primary factor in the problem, so again, this needs careful assessment. Not all dieticians are proficient in dealing with this. Food intolerance is a complex problem in itself so it is not dealt with in this article.
    Fluids: Adequate fluid intake is also very important. Many symptoms (such as dizziness, weakness, light-headedness, etc.) are due to low blood pressure and low blood volume that can be helped through drinking adequate amounts of water.
    Physical activity: Maintaining a daily level of physical activity is probably the most important thing people with dysautonomia can do other than removing the triggers that provoke the TLR receptors. Some daily level of moderate activity helps to stabilize the autonomic nervous system, and in the long run makes “relapses” of symptoms more rare and of shorter duration. Physical activity may even hasten the day when symptoms go away on their own. Again, individualized pilates should be considered. Yoga, tai-chi, and massage have been reported to help as well, but caution here as they can increase symptoms at times. Walking and hydrotherapy are usually excellent choices of aerobic exercise, once your physiotherapist has established there are no problems associated with this.

    This girl got better from her POTs
    • CommentAuthorTalismanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2017
    Interesting read thanks for sharing.

    It sounds a lot like adrenal fatigue especially in its healing methods - diet, caffeine avoidance, light exercise, etc.