Understanding Neurocardiogenic Syncope

There are thousands of diseases and conditions that people can have. Because of this, it’s hard to know of every single one, unless you’re in the medical field. Many of us will remember about conditions such as common flu, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, how many of us know about neurocardiogenic syncope? Read on to find out about this condition that affects millions of individuals around the globe.

There is no arguing the statistics that autoimmune diseases, unresolved gut health issues and mysterious chronic health issues seem to be on the rise and our medical community is trying to keep up. — Danielle Swimm LCPC

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Living And Providing Support For A Person With Dysautonomia

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With an autoimmune disorder, something within our body causes an abnormal reaction in our immune system, in essence, causing our immune system to fight the body itself. — Linda Walter LCSW

The challenge of living with a sick person who depends on you for their care is very stressful such as in the case of patients with dysautonomia. These patients suffer from a number of symptoms which can greatly affect or even impair their activities of daily living. It can include but is not limited to orthostatic hypotension or a sudden drop in blood pressure, and incontinence or sexual dysfunction. One of the most common causes of autonomic dysfunction is actually diabetes mellitus.

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Latest In Multiple Sclerosis: Resistance Training

Multiple sclerosis or MS is a crippling and debilitating chronic disease feared by mostly women from 15 to 60 years old. The medical condition is an autoimmune disease. This means that the cause is unknown. Hence, the only valid explanation that medical doctors can give is that the immune system of the person is attacking the protective sheath of the nerve fibers. This then leads to communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. In the long run, the disease can result in brain atrophy and slowly paralyzes the person.

I’ve been trying to walk a mile every day.  This is not a big deal for many of you, but it’s just the right amount of challenge for me right now. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

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How Are Dysautonomias Treated?


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Illness is scary and forces them to deal with uncertainty, a lack of control, surrendering to doctors, and the reality that life is finite. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

Dysautonomia disorders can be horrible to endure. Characterized by some very challenging symptoms ranging from nausea, problems with breathing, balance, speech and even eyesight, it is clear how these disorders can make daily living extremely difficult. Unfortunately, for the majority of dysautonomia disorders, there is no cure. Even more, there is such a broad array of types of dysautonomia and the symptoms involved in each one vary that there is also no universal treatment for dysautonomia. However, there are ways that the symptoms of different types of dysautonomia can be treated to improve quality of life. A number of ways to manage the symptoms of the more well-known dysautonomias described on our other page {What are the different types of dysautonomias} are outlined below:

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How Are Dysautonomias Diagnosed?


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If you have a chronic illness, then you’re likely familiar with the fatigue you just can’t shake. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

Dysautonomia is the name used to describe a number of disorders where the nervous system no longer works the way it should. The problems associated with these disorders can range from relatively minor to very severe and in the worst cases can even result in early death.  Dysautonomia disorders can have a huge impact on your daily life which makes it difficult to complete everyday tasks. This can be made even worse by the fact that dysautonomia disorders are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, without a correct diagnosis, you cannot possibly treat the disorder. This can even have dire consequences. This short article will take you through some of the warning signs for dysautonomias and explain how these disorders can be diagnosed.

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How To Keep Your Mood Up When Living With A Dysautonomia Disorder


Dysautonomia disorders can be crippling and place numerous restrictions on your life. Understandably, living with a dysautonomia can be exhausting, confusing, frustrating and even demoralizing. It can often lead to mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression. Following diagnosis, often, you are left feeling overwhelmed and as though life will never be normal again.

You are well enough to be interested enough in the world around you such that you don’t long for sleep, but your brain and your limbs – Bambi-like – are tentative and trembly as you go about your business. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

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What Is Dysautonomia?

There are currently thousands of conditions in which the body might fight. For some, they do not have to deal with any medical conditions and live a seemingly normal and happy life. However, many others are not as lucky and are constantly facing an uphill struggle with illness and disease. You can be rich and still face such a thing, medical illness does not single out certain people, everyone is at risk throughout the world. One such worry is dysautonomia and while many have not heard of this exactly, it can affect many. Read on to find out a little more about dysautonomia and how it can affect your life today. Continue reading “What Is Dysautonomia?”

Rare Medical Diseases

The person in your body drags herself to the end of the work day, manages to pour a bowl of cereal for dinner, and leaves the bowl in the sink because washing it feels overwhelming. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

Strangely, in this world we live in today, we are faced with a mountain of diseases and illnesses that can plague our doors. You wouldn’t think there would be many rare medical diseases and yet there are quite a few; some are rarer than others but they can all be quite severe at times. It’s a scary world we do live in and sometimes, even with the advances in medicine, it’s not enough. There are still a lot of challenges that our health needs help with. The following are just a few rare medical diseases and hopefully, you will never have to know any more about them than absolutely necessary.

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Medical Terminology

It’s hard coming back when I used to be the person my co-workers went to when they needed a question answered and now I’m struggling with the most basic functions of my job. — Andrea Rosenhaft LCSW-R

Medical terminology often leaves many confused. When you hear the terminology associated with medicine and that field you can honestly listen and have no clue as to what people are saying. You are not alone in this. Understanding medical terminology is not easy, to say the least, and you do need to have well adverse in this area to work within it. So, what is medical terminology and how can someone learn it in today’s world? Continue reading “Medical Terminology”