Illustration by Doug Davis

Illustration by Doug Davis

Does autonomic dysreflexia affect our immune system response? As anybody with a spinal cord injury should be aware, AD — an overactive nervous system response to pain or discomfort below the SCI level — causes a sudden spike in dangerously high blood pressure that must be immediately addressed. AD affects people with SCI levels above T6 and in rare cases as low as T8. It can be a medical emergency that, left unchecked, can cause stroke, seizure, organ damage or even death.

According to a recent study done at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, AD d