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Does anyone know about ShyDrager syndome?

By Anonymous September 7, 2011 - 6:54pm
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Hi Anon,

Shy-Drager syndrome is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system. Multiple areas of the nervous system can be affected, such as the parts that control motor and involuntary functions. The motor system controls movement and balance. The involuntary, or autonomic, nervous system controls body functions (for example, blood pressure, bowel and bladder function). Shy-Drager syndrome may cause postural hypotension, which is a drop in blood pressure after changing position that can result in dizziness or fainting.

It is unknown what causes the degeneration or nerve loss in Shy-Drager syndrome.

Risk Factors
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors for Shy-Drager syndrome include:

Age: middle age or older
Symptoms associated with the involuntary nerves usually occur first. Motor problems similar to those found with Parkinson’s disease may develop later. Symptoms include:

Dizziness or fainting when standing or sitting up, or changing positions
Dizziness may be worse in the morning or after meals
Fatigue after physical exertion
Muscle weakness
Neck ache, which may radiate to the shoulders
Constipation or diarrhea
Erectile dysfunction in men
Loss of sex drive
Inability to control bowels or bladder ( incontinence )
Urinary frequency and urgency that may be especially bothersome at night (occurs early in the disease)
Gasping or noisy breathing
Short stops in breathing during sleep ( sleep apnea )
Impaired temperature control
Reduced sweating
Dry skin
Vision problems
Abnormal eye movements
Slurred, faint speech
Trouble swallowing
Poor balance
Unsteady walking
Slow movements
Loss of facial expression
Dementia (occurs late in the disease)

For Diagnosis, Treatment options, and more resources, please visit out Shy-Drager page:

Hope this helps,


September 8, 2011 - 8:03am
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