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What are things I can do until I get medical help for autonomic dysreflexia?

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If you have autonomic dysreflexia symptoms, here are a few things you can do until you can get medical help:

Quick steps can keep the problem from getting worse. Your doctor may give you medication to make your blood pressure drop quickly. If the problem is severe, she may watch your blood pressure for 2-48 hours.

  • Sit up as much you can. This helps move more blood to your lower body and ease your blood pressure
  • Take off tight clothes or other irritants
  • Pee

From: What Is Autonomic Dysreflexia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “A systematic review of the management of autonomic dysreflexia following spinal cord injury.”

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine : “Life-threatening outcomes associated with autonomic dysreflexia: A clinical review.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research.”

The Shepherd Center: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

The Reeve Foundation: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

Postgraduate Medical Journal : "Autonomic dysreflexia: a medical emergency."

Canadian Family Physician : “Autonomic dysreflexia -- Recognizing a common serious condition in patients with spinal cord injury.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: “A systematic review of the management of autonomic dysreflexia following spinal cord injury.”

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine : “Life-threatening outcomes associated with autonomic dysreflexia: A clinical review.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research.”

The Shepherd Center: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

The Reeve Foundation: “Autonomic dysreflexia.”

Postgraduate Medical Journal : "Autonomic dysreflexia: a medical emergency."

Canadian Family Physician : “Autonomic dysreflexia -- Recognizing a common serious condition in patients with spinal cord injury.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 12, 2018

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