Here's What You Need To Know About Solange’s Autonomic Disorder Diagnosis

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Solange performs during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 13, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)

Here's What You Need To Know About Solange’s Autonomic Disorder Diagnosis

It's a lot more serious than you may think.

Published December 28, 2017

Sadly, Solange announced yesterday (Dec. 27) the cancellation of her New Year’s Eve performance at AfroPunk South Africa after revealing that she is dealing with a rare and complicated autonomic disorder.

Read her heartfelt message to fans on Instagram:

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times... Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share... However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me... Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you.......but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life... Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.

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While we're wishing the 31-year-old a speedy recovery, we're also wondering what is an autonomic disorder. Although, we're not exactly sure which disorder that the "Cranes in the Sky" singer has been treating for the last five months, here's what we do know about the condition affecting her autonomic nervous system (ANS):

  1. The Types

    Over one million Americans are impacted by a primary autonomic system disorder. The more common forms of these conditions include:

    • Orthostatic hypotension (OH)
    • Orthostatic intolerance (OI)
    • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, also known as postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
    • Syncope
    • Neurogenic bowel (gastroparesis, intestinal dysmotility, constipation)
    • Erectile dysfunction and neurogenic bladder
  2. The Symptoms

    According to the Mayo Clinic, "The autonomic nervous system controls much of your involuntary functions. Symptoms are wide-ranging and can include problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, perspiration, and bowel and bladder functions. Other symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, feeling faint or passing out (syncope), weakness, and cognitive impairment."

  3. The Treatment

    According to, "your doctor will treat autonomic dysfunction by addressing the symptoms. If an underlying disease is causing the problem, it’s important to get it under control as soon as possible." In a case like orthostatic hypotension, your doctor may suggest a prescription medication such as midodrine, but certain lifestyle changes like drinking more fluids and adding salt to your diet can help.

    "Nerve damage is difficult to cure. Physical therapy, walking aids, feeding tubes, and other methods may be necessary to help treat more severe nerve involvement."

Written by Tweety Elitou

(Photo: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)


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