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Autonomic Nervous System Testing

James Robles, MD, FIPP -  - Anti-Aging Medicine

New Pain Solutions

James Robles, MD, FIPP

Anti-Aging Medicine & Interventional Pain Specialist located in Weslaco, TX

Problems with your autonomic nervous system can wreak havoc on your body’s involuntary actions. If you’re showing signs or are at risk for an autonomic nervous system disorder, James Robles, MD, FIPP, offers autonomic nervous system testing at his New Pain Solutions office in Weslaco, Texas. These tests help him diagnose your condition and establish the most effective treatment plan. Call New Pain Solutions for an appointment today or use the online booking tool.

Autonomic Nervous System Testing Q&A

What is the autonomic nervous system?

Your autonomic nervous system controls involuntary actions, such as the narrowing or widening of blood vessels and your heartbeat. Autonomic nervous system disorders can cause problems with:

  • Heart function
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood flow
  • Erectile function
  • Body temperature

Autonomic nervous system disorders can also occur as secondary conditions associated with other diseases, such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. They might be temporary, get worse over time, or even be life-threatening in some instances. If this is the case for you, autonomic nervous system testing is crucial.

What is autonomic nervous system testing?

Autonomic nervous system testing measures systems in your body that your autonomic nerves control. The tests help determine if your autonomic nervous system is functioning properly or if you have nerve damage. They help Dr. Robles diagnose illnesses, sources of pain, and diseases that attack the autonomic nervous system.

What should I expect during autonomic nervous system testing?

Prior to autonomic nervous system testing, Dr. Robles reviews your symptoms and medical history. He and his team may utilize:

Tilt table test

A tilt table test requires you to lie down on a raised table while Dr. Robles checks your vital signs.

Deep breathing test

During a deep breathing test, you take deep breaths for a minute while your practitioner monitors your heart rate and blood pressure.

Valsalva maneuver

While completing the Valsalva maneuver, you forcefully blow into a tube while Dr. Robles measures your vital signs.

Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART)

QSART is an autonomic nervous system test Dr. Robles uses to measure your skin’s temperature and your body’s production of sweat. He passes a tiny electrical current through your extremities while a computer analyzes your body’s response.

You might feel a slight warming or tingling sensation during the QSART test, but all autonomic nervous system tests are noninvasive and painless.

Will I require treatment for autonomic nervous system disorders?

Some underlying causes of autonomic nervous system problems, such as diabetes, are treatable. If you have autonomic neuropathy without a known cause, Dr. Robles creates a personalized treatment plan to relieve unpleasant symptoms.

Don’t live with nervous system disorder pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with New Pain Solutions over the phone or online today.