What is Autonomic Dysreflexia
Autonomic dysreflexia, also known as hyperreflexia, means an over-activity of the Autonomic Nervous System causing an abrupt onset of excessively high blood pressure. Persons at risk for this problem generally have injury levels above T-5. Autonomic dysreflexia can develop suddenly and is potentially life threatening and is considered a medical emergency.
Pressure sores must be taken seriously, if left unchecked, a pressure sore can lead to amputation or in the worst case death. Even when well cared for, a pressure sore can still become infected. Check yourself for red marks and sores daily or have your caregiver check for you, it should be a routine which is as second nature as brushing your teeth.
What are the symptoms of a pressure sore?
Pressure sores start as a patch of discoloured skin. The patch might be red if you have pale skin or bluish-purple if you have dark skin. Then the skin gets a graze or blister. If nothing is done to relieve the pressure, the skin dies off quickly and leaves a shallow wound.