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Autonomic Nervous System Test Specialist

More MD -  - Family Medicine

More MD

Family Medicine, Primary Care, & Internists located in Prescott, Surprise, Gilbert & Lake Havasu City, AZ

Autonomic nervous system tests evaluate how well nerves that control automatic systems, like your circulatory system, are functioning. These in-office tests, offered at More MD, can help diagnose serious issues or even sources of chronic pain. Learn more about autonomic nervous system tests by scheduling an appointment at any of the practice’s locations in Surprise, Prescott, Kingman, Gilbert, Yuma, or Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Click on the online scheduler or call your most convenient office.

Autonomic Nervous System Test Q & A

Why do I need an autonomic nervous system test?

Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for managing all of your internal bodily functions that keep your body running. Because of your autonomic nervous system, your heart beats regularly, food continuously digests, blood circulates freely, and your body temperature remains stable, to name a few effects.

Your physician may recommend having an autonomic nervous system test if they suspect that your nerves aren’t properly functioning, which can be a sign of disease or illness.

What can an autonomic nervous system test detect?

An autonomic nervous system test can detect a wide variety of issues in your body. These simple in-office evaluations can determine if you have any disorders in your autonomic nervous system including:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence
  • Slow or delayed digestion
  • Sweating abnormalities
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Fibromyalgia

Your autonomic nervous system test can even determine if you have nerve damage that might be triggering chronic pain issues.

How is an autonomic nervous system test performed?

An autonomic nervous system test at More MD is a comprehensive evaluation of your ANS that is tailored to your specific symptoms. Some of the common components of the autonomic nervous system test are described below.

Tilt-table tests

Tilt-table tests require you to lie on a table that tilts your body in varying degrees. During the test, you breathe deeply and blow into a tube to increase pressure in your chest. This test evaluates your blood pressure and heart rate.

Valsalva maneuver

This type of test requires you to take deep breaths and then forcefully exhale into a specialized tube. The Valsalva maneuver increases pressure on your sinuses, inner ears, and throat, to diagnose certain autonomic nerve disorders in these areas.  

Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test

During this test, your practitioner places small capsules on different points of your extremities. The system passes small electrical currents through the capsules to see if your nerves and sweat glands are communicating and functioning properly.

The team at More MD can perform a wide variety of additional autonomic nervous system tests, too. All evaluations are painless and can be an essential part of your diagnostic and treatment plan.

Schedule your autonomic nervous system test evaluation at More MD today. Book online or over the phone with your closest clinic locatioN.