- Diet and nutrition
- Mental health
- Relationships and family
- Sexuality and intimacy
- Bladder care
- Bowel care
- Skin care
- Pain or hypersensitivity
- Autonomic dysreflexia
- Other issues and complications
Autonomic dysreflexia is a serious medical condition which can affect people with a spinal cord injury. There are a number of ways in which you can minimise the risk of this occurring.
Autonomic dysreflexia is a replication of the 'fight or flight' response. It is a medical emergency and requires urgent medical attention.
Your symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the strength of the stimulation.
Things to do if you are experiencing an episode of autonomic dysreflexia.
Autonomic dysreflexia is a preventable condition. Good management of your bladder, bowel and skin will help you avoid creating the problems that can lead to dysreflexia.
If you have a spinal cord injury at or above T6 level of your spinal cord, always carry your autonomic dysreflexia card.
Glyceryl trinitrate is a medicine that may be used during autonomic dysreflexia.