Does anyone know what orthostatic intolerance is???

krand at pipeline.com krand at pipeline.com
Fri Dec 11 14:49:47 EST 1998


In <fNDb2.447$tI2.648 at news.rdc1.tx.home.com>, on 12/09/98 
   at 11:33 PM, "William Byrd" <wrbyrd at home.com> said:

>> She has been told that she has a
>>problem
>>>> >>with her autonomic nervous system, I think it is called dysautonomia.
>>In
>>>> >>addition to all of this she has first degree heart block and
>>occasionally
>>>> >>skips beats. 

Long term diabetics often suffer from one or more forms of autonomic
neuropathy: cardiac, gastropathy, orthostatic, etc.  The general term
autonomic neuropathy is often used because they seldom occur alone. Until
recently there was no therapy, especially for the cardiac form which has a
dim prognosis. A recent paper in Diabetes (1996-7) reports successful
treatment for the cardiac form with the anti-oxidant alpha lipoic acid.
This with double blind clinical trials in Germany. Don't have a specific
reference at hand but look for the DEKAN study, Griese one of the authors,
perhaps.

Any chance the patient has undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes? Often years before
that is diagnosed.

                                        K. Randolph
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