Nerve Disorders

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about nerve disorders.

How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

Dr. Zhijun Guo discusses treatment for autonomic dysfunction. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is autonomic dysfunction treated?

The treatment is a whole package of solution. They include non-medication, simple things like ask people to maintain regular, good hydration, or ask them to wear the elastic stocking so they can minimize the blood pressure drop when they stand up. How to maintain the correct head/body position when they lay in a bed. Something like that. Also, there are some medications available to help patients maintain blood pressure, minimize drop on the position change. It's all very important to review patients' medication, make sure they are not taking some medication that interfere with the autonomic system. I think, last but not least important, is to consult a physician or neurologist to investigate what is potential cause of the autonomic dysfunction. And so to see if anything, or something, can be done to limit the ongoing damage.


Treating autonomic dysfunction can include many different steps, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say. 

First, some day-to-day changes could include:

  • Wearing compression socks to help with blood pressure drop when you stand up
  • Staying well hydrated
  • Keeping the right head and body position when you lay down

Medication can help some issues, such as maintaining blood pressure.

Most of all, it’s important to visit your doctor to talk about your symptoms. Your doctor might recommend that you visit a neurologist or other specialists to help support your treatment.

Visit your physician for more information about treating autonomic dysfunction.

Source: Zhijun Guo, MD, PhD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute