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What are the signs and symptoms of vasomotor instability?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Question: I am a 61-year-old male, 195 pounds, 6'0" tall. I suffered a spinal cord injury 3 years ago at level C – 3. I take 3900 mg of Neurontin, 30 mg Wellbutrin, 40 mg simvastatin, 25 mg nortriptyline as needed at bedtime, and .5 mg Ativan as needed at bedtime, as well as an 81 mg aspirin, a multivitamin, and vitamins C, E, and B6.
I have had neuropathy in my hands and feet and some swelling in my feet ever since the accident. However,in the last few months I have been experiencing several bouts daily with burning in my feet that is very erratic. One foot might be ice cold while the other becomes hot and very red. Sometimes this occurs in both feet at the same time. I never know which foot it will effect next. Often I can locate a small area such as a few toes, or the heel that starts to heat up first, then within the next 15 minutes the heat and accompanying pain will spread throughout the foot. I get relief with ice packs.
My physical doctor tells me that all of this is due to autonomic vasomotor instability. I am now trying to determine what might be triggering these episodes. Can you give me some direction?
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Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Regular medications needed

Detailed Answer:
Hi xxxxxxxx,
Welcome to healthcare magic.
You are fortunately saved from crippling injuries because this segment of spinal cord may result in permanent loss of power in limbs and make one crippled for life.
You are having remnant autonomic vasomotor instability as your clinician has diagnosed quite rightly.
The medicines you are taking are appropriate but need to be taken regularly rather then when required basis. These medicines work best way when they make a therapeutic levels in the blood which is not possible when you take them as required basis.
You should add tablet Pregabalin75 which is a prescription drug and is very useful in cases scenarios like yours.
I hope the advise will be helpful for you.
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Brief Answer: Regular medications needed Detailed Answer: Hi xxxxxxxx, Welcome to healthcare magic. You are fortunately saved from crippling injuries because this segment of spinal cord may result in permanent loss of power in limbs and make one crippled for life. You are having remnant autonomic vasomotor instability as your clinician has diagnosed quite rightly. The medicines you are taking are appropriate but need to be taken regularly rather then when required basis. These medicines work best way when they make a therapeutic levels in the blood which is not possible when you take them as required basis. You should add tablet Pregabalin75 which is a prescription drug and is very useful in cases scenarios like yours. I hope the advise will be helpful for you.