Solange Reveals Autonomic Disorder Diagnosis

Solange Knowles is revealing her ongoing battle with an autonomic disorder, after she was forced to cancel a New Year’s Eve performance at the inaugural AfroPunk festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Taking to social media, the R&B songstress opened up about the medical issue that she has been “quietly treating, and working through” for the past five months. “[It’s] been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she wrote. “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.”

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer said she wasn’t sure how much she wanted to share about her diagnosis and she did not reveal the type of Autonomic Disorder she has been treating. There are different types of autonomic disorders and they can all have several effects. Some types of autonomic disorders include multiple system atrophy, Holmes-Adie syndrome, and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, according to Healthline.

“Your autonomic nervous system is the part of your nervous system that controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of your heart and the widening or narrowing of your blood vessels,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. “When something goes wrong in this system, it can cause serious problems, including blood pressure problems, heart problems, trouble with breathing and swallowing.”