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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Autonomic nerve symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: Diabetes can cause autonomic neuropathy, particularly when it goes undetected/undiagnosed or is poorly managed/controlled. Diabetes is a condition which tends to have an inheritable component, and so you may be at increased risk of developing it if members of your family have it. It can be tested for relatively quickly and easily, though a negative test does not mean that you won't develop it in the future.
Why: Some classes of medication which are commonly utilized in the management of depression can predispose you to developing autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Some of the medications which may be used in the management of Parkinson's syndrome may cause autonomic neuropathy. Additionally, the symptoms experienced with Parkinson's syndrome may also be experienced in a rarer condition called Shy Drager syndrome which causes more widespread neurological dysfunction, including autonomic neuropathy. Thus if in addition to the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy, you or any of your family members have been diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome or any of its symptoms, it is important for you to tell your health professional as otherwise this uncommon diagnosis may not be made.
Why: Craniopharyngioma is a cancer which occurs within the skull, causes pituitary gland dysfunction, and may also result in autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Vascular disease of many different types and causes can lead to the development of autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Disorders which affect your spinal cord can cause you to develop autonomic neuropathy.
Why: There are several stages which may be experienced by patients who have syphilis, with one of the latter stages being tertiary syphilis (also known as neurosyphilis). The late-stage syphilis can cause spinal cord dysfunction known as tabes dorsalis which may be experienced as autonomic neuropathy. As this stage of syphilis can be up to (or later than) 2 decades after it was initially contracted, it is important for you to mention any instances in the past when you may have contracted it, such as unprotected sexual intercourse.
Why: This condition is also known as sleeping sickness and may result in autonomic neuropathy. It is a protozoan parasite transmitted by insects which can result in both acute and chronic/delayed symptoms such as fever, lymphadenopathy, enlarged liver or spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), skin rash, headache, sexual dysfunction, menstrual dysfunction, ascites, nephritis, cardiac tamponade/pericardial effusion, weight loss, joint pain (arthralgia), depression, difficulty with walking or movements (ataxia/dyskinesia), dementia, sleepiness (hypersomnolence), conjunctivitis, myocarditis, meningoencephalitis, cardiomyopathy, megacolon, megaesophagus, oedema, or coma. It is very important to remember however that this condition is endemic only in Africa, Central American and South America. As such, it is an unlikely that you have it unless you have ever traveled to those areas.
Why: Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) can result in autonomic neuropathy, either directly or as a result of increasing the likelihood of other conditions such as Chagas' disease. HIV/AIDS can have many other affects on your health and it is important that it is diagnosed and managed as early as possible. As such, it is important that you disclose any high risk activities or behaviors that you have ever taken part in. These can include unprotected sex, anal intercourse, sexual intercourse with a person you think may be at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or take part in any of the high risk activities/behaviors listed here, intravenous drug use (injected by yourself or others), needlestick injuries, or contact with infectious materials (blood, tissue, etc.). It is important to remember that all consultations you have with health professionals are strictly confidential and your privacy will be protected as outlined in the law of your country/state of residence.
Why: This is a genetically inheritable condition which can cause autonomic neuropathy and some specific neurological symptoms such as impaired pain sensation, impaired taste sensation, motor incoordination, frequent bronchial pneumonia, emotional instability, and non-tolerance of anaesthetic agents.
Why: There are some ethnic groups which can have an increased risk of inheriting conditions which may cause autonomic neuropathy. One such specific ethnic background is that of Ashkenazi Jewish peoples.
Why: This is a genetically inheritable but uncommon syndrome causing autonomic neuropathy with Parkinsonian symptoms.
Why: Polyneuropathy is caused by dysfunction of sensory nerves, motor nerves, autonomic nerves, or any combination of these. There are many conditions which can cause polyneuropathy including Guillain Barré syndrome, lead poisoning, Charcot Marie Tooth syndrome, diabetes mellitus, uremia/renal failure/renal disease, leprosy, sarcoidosis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitochondrial syndromes/mitochondrial disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener's granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa, cancers/paraneoplastic syndrome, syphilis, Lyme disease, human immunodeficiency virus, alcoholism, porphyria, vitamin deficiencies, Refsum's syndrome, paraproteinemia/multiple myeloma/amyloidosis, and many medications (phenytoin, isoniazid, metronidazole, vincristine, nitrofurantoin, cisplatin). Whilst this is a seemingly impossible list to remember, some of these conditions can have an inheritable or genetic component and so any relevant family history you can impart may be quite important.
Why: Autonomic neuropathy tends to occur more with increasing age, regardless of the presence or absence of any condition which may predispose to its development. Your health professional is not asking this question to be ageist or to embarrass you in any way, but rather to assess the risk that in fact you age may be a cause for your symptoms.
Why: This can occur in men with autonomic neuropathy as a result of dysfunction of the autonomic nerves controlling blood flow in and around the sexual organs.
Why: This can be a symptom of autonomic neuropathy and can occur on a back ground of decreased sweating between meals/eating.
Why: Nocturnal diaphoresis can be a symptom of autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Diarrhea, particularly when experienced at night, can be caused by autonomic neuropathy. It is important to remember that constipation can also occur between episodes of diarrhea when it is caused by autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Dysphagia can be a symptom of autonomic neuropathy as a result of impaired movement and function of your esophagus.
Why: This can be a symptom which is vaguely felt, but can be caused by autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Poor or worsening diabetic control can be caused by autonomic neuropathy as it interferes with the body's ability to normally digest food. Poor diabetic control can be reflected by your regular blood sugar level recordings, HbA1C results, and by how you in general feel your diabetic control has been.
Why: These can be caused by abnormally increased skin dryness on your feet as a result of autonomic neuropathy. The basis for this skin dryness is decreased sweating/anhidrosis/adiaphoresis, however you are more likely to notice pedal skin fissures before you notice the decreased sweating.
Why: Autonomic neuropathy can result in your feet feeling cold. This is caused by dysfunction of your skin's temperature regulation mechanism; the skin vasomotor response.
Why: This can occur with autonomic neuropathy.
Why: Autonomic neuropathy can predispose you to the formation of these large blister-looking skin lesions.
The following list of conditions have 'Autonomic nerve symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Autonomic nerve symptoms'
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