Autonomic Dysreflexia/Heat Resistence

Autonomic Dysreflexia/Heat Resistence

Posted by Sheena on Jun 25, 2016 11:44 am

I am confused as to what autonomic dysreflexia.  I hear that the extreme heat can trigger an attack.  When I'm getting over heated, my blood pressure and beats per minute go way up.  There are no goose bumps but I get a massive headache.  My skin is always clammy, lol.  I've been told that this is a reason to go to the emergency room but is it a sign of autonomic dyreflexia also? Emergency personel usually don't know anything about autonomic dyreflexia and these symptoms can come on kind of suddenly. Thanks!

Re: Autonomic Dysreflexia/Heat Resistence

Posted by prc_Beth on Jul 7, 2016 3:21 pm

Hi Sheena!
Thanks for reaching out. Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) can be caused by a number of different things including burns – so if you are getting sunburned that can be a trigger.  Headaches are one of the signs of AD, along with a flushed face. For more information on AD I suggest looking at the fact sheet on the subject. You can find it here:   Also, I highly recommend ordering the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s wallet card on AD and carrying it with you. Some medical professionals are not aware of AD and they don’t realize that it can be life threatening for people living with paralysis. The wallet card provides valuable information.  Information on ordering the wallet card can be found here:
If you have any other questions please reach out to the Information Specialist Team. We can be reached here: or by calling 1-800-539-7309 or 973-467-8270.


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