What is it?

Autonomic neuropathy refers to damage to the nerves which participate in involuntary body functions. These functions include blood pressure, digestion, bladder function and sexual function. The most common cause for autonomic neuropathy is diabetes but other causes may include medications, autoimmune disease, and infections.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Autonomic neuropathy
- Dysautonomia

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, difficulty starting urination, incontinence, difficulty sensing full bladder, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation problems, vaginal dryness, low libido, early satiety, diarrhea, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal bloating, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, hypoglycemia, excessive sweating or too little sweating, difficulty adjusting to light at night, and exercise intolerance.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include autonomic function tests, tilt-table test, gastric emptying tests, sweat tests, bladder function tests and pelvic ultrasound.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include treating the underlying disease, and managing the symptoms. For example, digestive symptoms treatment include diet changes, medications that help gastric emptying, medications to ease constipation and diarrhea.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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