Former Packers GM Thompson diagnosed with nervous system disorder
Former Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson says he has been diagnosed with autonomic disorder, but does not fit the profile of someone who has CTE--a condition that is common in football players who have suffered blows to the head.
Autonomic disorder impacts the nervous system.
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Thompson was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame last Saturday. He served as the Packers GM for 13 seasons.
An autonomic disorder means there is something wrong with the autonomic nervous system.
It controls functions we don't have to think about, such as our heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.
Doctor Brian Jenkins a neurologist at the Neuroscience Group in Neenah says there are many factors that could be causing the autonomic system to fail.
For example, the brain stem could be the root of the problem; other diseases that can stem from an autonomic disorder are Parkinson's disease, diabetes or other vitamin deficiencies.
There's also a wide variety of symptoms that go along with this type of disorder.
“Pain or numbness of the legs can happen with dysautonomia conditions, occasionally it can produce weakness, depending on what we're taking about. One of the most common symptoms would be getting lightheaded when you stand up abruptly,” said Dr. Jenkins.
The national institutes of health lists eight different kinds of autonomic disorders with varying amount of impact on the patient.