AL amyloidosis and autonomic neuropathy

This Infosheet explains what autonomic neuropathy is, what causes it in AL amyloidosis patients, what its symptoms are, how it is treated and some tips for self-management.

Autonomic neuropathy is a group of symptoms that can, if left untreated, worsen and affect quality of life.

Autonomic neuropathy is the term used to describe damage to the autonomic nervous system, which controls internal processes like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Digestion
  • Bladder function
  • Sexual function

Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Digestive symptoms
  • Bladder symptoms
  • Heart rhythm and blood pressure symptoms
  • Sexual difficulties – erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness

Autonomic neuropathy is managed by treating the underlying AL amyloidosis while controlling the symptoms. An individual approach is necessary to deal with the symptoms. Treating some of the symptoms is covers in more detail in the infosheet.

This infosheet includes tips for self management such as lifestyle adjustments that can make living with autonomic neuropathy easier.