People often find it confusing when I use the words dysautonomia and POTS interchangeably in a conversation. They’re like, “Hang on, which one is it that you have?” I know that a lot of newly diagnosed patients struggle with this too, so I thought I’d make an infographic to explain.
I’m a visual girl, so I’ll use any excuse to make a picture 😉
But I do hope it makes it a little less confusing for everyone.
‘Dysautonomia’ is the umbrella term for conditions where the autonomic nervous system (ANS) doesn’t work properly. There are lots of different kinds of dysautonomia. I personally have NCS, which you can see listed on the picture (along with the many other kinds of dysautonomia). For a more detailed (but still easy to understand) explanation of dysautonomia, click here.
Feel free to share with your befuddled family and friends!
What else would you like to see an infographic of?
Send me your suggestions, and if I use your idea,
I’ll give you credit on the image 🙂
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Note: When I wrote this blog post in 2015, I included a graphic that I’d made – a simple yellow umbrella that said ‘dysautonomia’, with a list of some of its different forms underneath. Three years later, that graphic is still a very popular one. However, some of the names of the different forms have changed over time. So in October 2018 (dysautonomia awareness month) I updated the graphic to reflect the changed names, added a few more forms of dysautonomia, and also changed the umbrella’s colour to turquoise – the official colour for dysautonomia awareness.