The body’s autonomic nervous system controls internal body processes. This part of the nervous system works to supply internal organs such as the stomach, blood vessels, liver, intestine, kidneys, bladder, genitals, pupils, lungs, digestive, salivary, and sweat glands. Divided into two main parts, sympathetic and parasympathetic, once the autonomic nervous system receives information about the environment your body is in, it will either stimulate bodily processes through sympathetic division or inhibit the process through parasympathetic division. Because the autonomic nervous system controls such vital bodily processes, if something is wrong, you’re likely going to know.
Taylor Internal Medicine specializes in understanding the inner-workings of your body. While some autonomic dysfunctions are mild, others can be severe and result in diseases such as Parkinson’s or diabetes. These disorders are typically the result of damage to the autonomic nerves. Autonomic nervous system testing can help to localize the area of dysfunction, which will help to narrow down the possible diagnoses.
Common Symptoms of Autonomic Disorders
- Decreased or absent sweating
- Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
- Urine retention
- Erectile dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
If you’re concerned with how your body is functioning, you need the help of a trained medical professional to help determine the underlying cause of your condition. The caring staff at Taylor Internal Medicine want to find the root cause of your symptoms and work to treat it appropriately.