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DYSAUTONOMIA AWARENESS MONTH - October

Dysautonomia Awareness Month - October

NATIONAL DYSAUTONOMIA MONTH

Dysautonomia Awareness Month in October brings attention to disorders that impact the Autonomic Nervous System. The day also aims to improve support, research, and understanding of these conditions.

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls our body’s automatic functions – our heart rate, breathing, digestion, the production of bodily fluids such as sweat, tears, and saliva, and many other functions.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 70 million people around the world are impacted by dysautonomia. This category of conditions is also called autonomic dysfunction or autonomic neuropathy.

Because there are so many different types of dysautonomia, the symptoms vary from person to person. It can be a difficult decision to diagnose and often leads to other debilitating conditions. Symptoms may appear as the following:

  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness, fainting or vertigo
  • digestion issues
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • weight loss
  • over or underproduction of bodily fluids
  • difficulty controlling body temperature
  • sexual response issues

Currently, no cure exists for dysautonomia. However, depending on the type of dysautonomia, treatments are available. More research is needed to better diagnose and treat all forms of this condition.

HOW TO OBSERVE #DysautonomiaAwarenessMonth

Wear teal to show your support for those with dysautonomia. Learn more about the condition and support research into the causes and treatments for it. While you’re exploring, help others with the condition by being understanding. Change your online profile to teal to show your support, too. Attend a virtual conference about dysautonomia or host a speaker at work or your favorite organization. Use #DysautonomiaAwarenessDay or #DysautonomiaWarrior to share your story on social media.

DYSAUTONOMIA AWARENESS MONTH

Dysautonomia International founded Dysautonomia Awareness Month in 2012 to advance advocacy, research, and support for those who suffer from the condition.

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