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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is orthostatic dysregulation?

This condition occurs when nerves that control blood pressure are damaged. There are many causes including drug-induced (such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications) and degeneration of the nervous system.

Symptoms of orthostatic dysregulation

  • Dizziness

  • Feel unsteady or floating when I am standing

  • Fatigue that is worst in the morning

  • Dizziness when standing or after prolonged standing

  • Losing consciousness

  • Feel lightheaded

  • Sensation of imbalance as if floating when at sea

  • Feeling lightheaded or fainting after passing urine or motion

Questions your doctor may ask to check for orthostatic dysregulation

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose orthostatic dysregulation

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you feel lightheaded or like you are floating when you are standing?

  • Do you feel more fatigued in the morning?

  • Do you have dizziness when standing or after prolonged standing?

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

Treatment for orthostatic dysregulation

Treatment aims to restore normal blood pressure control. The simplest method is to sit back down if symptoms occur, and to stand up slowly. Other lifestyle changes like drinking enough water and reducing alcohol intake can help.

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References

  • Kawai M, Miyai N, Arita M. The prevalence of orthostatic dysregulation among newly graduated female nurses after employment and its associations with autonomic nervous function, stress, and depressive symptoms. SAGE Open Med. 2021 Apr 29;9:20503121211012180. doi: 10.1177/20503121211012180. PMID: 33996079; PMCID: PMC8107664.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20503121211012180

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