FAQ - Dysautonomia, Familial
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Is there different types of Dysautonomia?

My doctor diagnosed me with Dysautonomia, but I want to know if there are different types or is that just it. He wouldn't go into anymore detail and it is really confusing what type I have. I would like to know so I can treat it right.


There are two forms of Dysautonomia, Familial Dysautonomia and Non Familial Dysautonomia. Familial Dysautonomia is very rare and affects affects about 1 in 3,700 individuals in Ashkenazi Jewish populations. Symptoms of this condition are often found at birth or during infancy. If you had this type you would know. The second is Non Familial Dysautonomia which describes several similar conditions. Some of these conditions include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Mitral Valve Prolapse Dysautonomia, Neurocardiogenic Syncope, Autonomic Neuropathy and more. I myself have suffered from POTS since 2001 and looking back I have probably had it for a much longer time than that. The good news is that the condition can improve with proper treatment and by avoiding of certain things. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I might not be able to answer everything, but will answer whatever I can. :)  (+ info)

Should I get a medical ID necklace or bracelet for dysautonomia?

I have all of the symptoms, and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. POTS is a form of dysautonomia, which is what I have. It is secondary to the EDS. I come very close to passing out, but I always quit any physical activity before I do pass out. Should I get a medical ID necklace for this? Thanks

You'd rather be safe than sorry. If you were to pass out and you were alone and someone found you, the paramedics would know right away the important medical history about you. It would probably make you feel better about going out alone, and it could save your life one day.  (+ info)

What support groups and genetic counselors are there for the genetic disorder: familial hypercholesterolemia?

We are a group of high school students who need to contact a genetic counselor or support group about familial hypercholesterolemia for a biology project. Are there any genetic counselors or groups that you know of?

Couldn't find any support groups, but I found the NSGC (National Society of Genetic Counselors) website www.nsgc.org. The menu on the left allows you to search for genetic counselors by specialty or by geography. Hope that helps. Sorry I couldn't find a support group!  (+ info)

What actions do you think might decrease the cases of new (non-familial) autism?

Autism has various causes one is familial traits.
non-familial autism comes from new mutations from older father's sperm or is carried by mother's who had older fathers. In these cases these are de novo mutations new genetic disorders.

I'm sorry Christine but all autism is not genetic and from birth. If so, explain how my daughter developed ahead of her peers up until 14 months? Then she has a flu shot and two weeks later seizures, after the seizures the regression started.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of familial paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia?

What are the symptoms and what are some potential cures, if any?

It is a genetic seizure disorder, characterised by sudden movements when changing position; or being startled by loud noises and suddenly shaking one hands. Such as rising from a chair your leg will shake/spasm.

It is treated with seizure medications such as carbamazepine or phenytoin.  (+ info)

What are the chances of familial Down Syndrome for me?

My aunt has a balanced genetic translocation that resulted in children with Down Syndrome. None of her siblings had children with Down Syndrome, nor are there any other cases of it in the family. What are the chances that I would have a translocation as well?

Translocation Down syndrome can be inherited. An unaffected person can carry a rearrangement of genetic material between chromosome 21 and another chromosome. This rearrangement is called a balanced translocation because there is no extra material from chromosome 21. Although they do not have signs of Down syndrome, people who carry this type of balanced translocation are at an increased risk of having children with the condition.
before you decide to have children, it might be wise to visit a genetic counselor and find out your risks.  (+ info)

Does Familial Adenomatous Polyposis affect the whole of the colon?

Do the polyps grow all over the colon or just up to a certain point?

In an ideal world you wouldn’t find out as the colon is removed before you get cancer. 100% of people with FAP will get colon cancer, but yes it affects the entire colon.  (+ info)

Does anyone know of any natural remedies for Essential (familial) tremor?

I have been diagnosed with essential (familial) tremor and rather than opting for medications I was interested to see if anyone had any natural remedies and to what degree of success do/did these have. Also your opinion on the medications used in the treatment of the tremor, side effects, etc. Thanks

A web search in Yahoo for "essential tremor" + "natural remedies" will turn up at least 163 results.  (+ info)

Where can an adult survivor of sexual abuse find information on familial patterns and how to break them?

I just found out a string of disturbing facts re: sexual abuse in my family and am looking for information on how to heal/stop the pattern from repeating. I am also looking for information to discover how it may have affected me and looking for information to heal. Any leads? No religious or 12 step groups, please! I respect that they work for you. Please respect that those methods do not work in any way, shape or form for me.

just hold your head up and remember that it's not your shame. SO DON'T BARE IT. NOT YOUR BURDEN TO CARRY.  (+ info)

If familial mediterranean fever is left untreated can it cause death?

He also has a secondry infection of vasculitis.
How long is life expectency if you don't have treatment for both?
What method of treatment is there? Can it make you feel nauseous?
I'm wondering cause my friend's kid was just diagnosed with it and he's only a couple years old.

I know someone who has it. It is fatal if you don't have treatment. As for vasculitis as far as I know that can be fatel to. It's blood vessels so it can evently lead to death.
I don't know how long life expectency is. It's not like 10 days or something like that. It's not short but not 10 years. It's somewhere in between.
Talk the family into getting treatment. It's a tiney pill the kid has to make, smaller than M and M's. It's not worth dying over. It would effect the kid in any other major way. He can still have a normal life. With treatment life expetency as the same for him as it is for the healthiest person alive.  (+ info)

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