Dysautonomia can affect both male and females, though it seems to affect more females than males. Most individuals diagnosed with dysautonomia are females between the ages of 15 and 40. The currently cited incidence rate of diagnosis is 5 to 1.
Most of those individuals who receive a dysautonomia diagnosis report one of two scenarios: either they were extremely healthy, active, and motivated at the time of an illness or injury, or they experienced a gradual slide from that place over a short period of time to a sudden onset of symptoms. Some people mention an acute illness, others a concussion, some mention a lingering abnormal fatigue coupled with dizziness and fainting. We know that the ANS dysfunction can be triggered by any or all of the situations. What we really don't know is how to identify what is going on, and more importantly, how to fix it as expeditiously as possible.
Dysautonomia is poorly studied and misunderstood for several reasons. These are multi-disciplinary, multi-speciality medical concerns that require the involvement of cardiologists, neurologist and more.
Not surprisingly, the symptoms of dysautonomia are wildly diverse and largely misunderstood by the general physician population. The underlying factor here is that all symptoms involve dysfunction of the complex ANS.