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Autonomic Dysreflexia?

My father has been a quadriplegic for 25 years now and he is going into AD more and more everyday. Does anyone know a way to help with the pain. He is on morphine and percocet but that doesn't help him the morphine makes him feel worse. I moved in with my dad to take care of him and I just want to know if anyone has any information on this.
He is a disabled Vet so he goes to the VA. Im not sure if he has seen one. But everytime he gets like that it just makes me worry.

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How does bowel distention possibly lead to autonomic dysreflexia?

I found this in an NCLEX prep book, but it didn't go into detail as to why this would occur. Thanks for your help!

Any stimulus to the rectum, such as digital stimulation, can trigger a reaction, leading to autonomic dysreflexia.

The body reacts by narrowing the blood vessels, and this causes blood pressure to increase. Receptors near your brain and heart receive messages from non-spinal cord pathways (nerves in the sympathetic nervous system) that your blood pressure is getting too high, and your brain responds by sending signals down the spinal cord to slow down the heart beat and relax the blood vessels. As the blood vessels open up and widen, blood pressure goes back down.  (+ info)

What causes goose flesh below the level of Spinal Cord Injury in Autonomic Dysreflexia?

The erector pili, the muscles that cause goose flesh are sympathetically innervated. Autonomic Dysreflexia results in unchecked sympathetic nervous system activation beneath the site of damage.  (+ info)

I need help with autonomic dysreflexia?

my catheter blocked yesterday streching my bladder causing me to have an attack of autonomic dysreflexia now when I move I go dysreflexic can I introduce some type of anesthesia to the bladder to stop this and give it time to recover

You may want to join a support group. This is a group of people who also have spinal cord injuries. Ask your caregiver for the names and numbers of support groups in your town. You can contact one of the following national organizations for more information:
Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street NW
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: 1-800-424-8200
Web Address: www.pva.org

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 300-9
Bethesda, Maryland, 20817
Phone: 1-800-962-9629
Web Address: www.spinalcord.org

American Spinal Cord Association
2020 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309-1402
Phone: 1-404-355-9772
Web Address: www.asia-spinalinjury.org  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction?

What are the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction? What will you ask to your patients if you suspect autonomic dysfunction?

The link below will help you.  (+ info)

Does anyone see a neurologist for autonomic neuropathy?

I'm 21yrs old I've just been diagnosed with autonomic nueropathy and I just need some advice, is it true that this condition is reversable and the nerves can heal if i control my blood sugar better?(which I am working on) the doctor did say it was due to my diabetes, im a 21yr old female any advice would be well appreciated ty

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What are the functions of Dorsal Root Ganglia and Autonomic Ganglia and Where are they found?

If you dont know it dont even bother answering it :)

In the root cellar.  (+ info)

Which of the following are the two integrated parts of the autonomic nervous system?

Which of the following are the two integrated parts of the autonomic nervous system?
The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
The central and the peripheral nervous systems
The afferent and efferent nervous systems
The thalamic and hypothalamic nervous systems

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Is it possible to have both autonomic and peripheral neuropathy?

Person involved has Not been diagnosed as having diabetes.
Has had symptoms for extended length of time.
Would welcome advice...

Yes it is- for example a diabetic could have a peripheral neuropathy giving burning pain in the feet and loss of sensation leading to ulcers at the same time as having an autonomic neuropathy giving diarrhoea

Need to see G.P(Doctor) for a referral  (+ info)

I have autonomic neuropathy caused by diabetes and I have mottling on my arms and hands, what causes this?

I am a 21yr old female with autonomic neuropathy caused by diabetes, will this ever go away? what causes this? I have it a little bit on my lower legs as well but its much worse on my arms and hands, does anybody else have this?
I do have other problems besides that, I just didn't mention them because they don't pertain to what I'm asking :)

I'm sorry, but from your description of how this affects you, you're talking about peripheral neuropathy and not autonomic neuropathy.

Autonomic neuropathy tends to affect things that happen 'automatically' within your system such as blood pressure control, temperature control, bowel and bladder control, heart rate, digestion rate, sexual function, etc.

Whichever type of neuropathy you're talking about, the best that can be achieved comes by way of better control of your blood sugar levels. Sadly, once nerves are damaged via neuropathy the chances of regaining sensation/lack of pain, etc. is negligible.


My apologies aussygirl87. I wasn't trying to belittle what it was you were saying. I just focused on what you said about you having it on your lower legs but having it much worse on your arms and hands.  (+ info)

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