Former Packers G.M. Ted Thompson diagnosed with autonomic disorder

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Former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson released a statement on Tuesday announcing that he has been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder.

Thompson, who was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame last weekend, said in the statement that he has consulted with team doctors and outside physicians about the disorder. The autonomic nervous system controls the human body’s involuntary functions and, per the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of disorders can include “problems with the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, perspiration, and bowel and bladder functions.” Fatigue, weakness and cognitive impairment can also be symptoms.

In the statement, Thompson, who played 10 years in the NFL, said that complications related to the disorder contributed to his decision to step down as G.M. after the 2017 season.

“I have been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder,” Thompson said in the statement released by the team.”I feel that it’s important to mention that based on the test results and opinions of medical specialists, they feel that I do not fit the profile of someone suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. … Late in the 2017 season, [Packers president] Mark Murphy and I had a conversation about my health and future with the Packers. At that time, we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of myself and the organization to step away from my role as General Manager.”

Thompson said it is his “hope and belief” that he can overcome the disorder. We wish him all the best in those efforts.

49 responses to “Former Packers G.M. Ted Thompson diagnosed with autonomic disorder

  1. I have been critical of TT, but this news transcends football.

    I wish you well, Ted.

  2. Glad it is not CTE! That is the good news from this. Hopefully more good news soon and the autonomic disorder is overcome.

    We love you Ted!

    Best wishes and hope to see you soon.

    Another note to Packers fans: Bart Starr is going to be at the week 2 game against the Vikings at Lambeau. Bart’s health isn’t the best, but it is very good news that he is able to travel and is making another visit to Lambeau this season.

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  3. Not a real big surprise, as Ted’s health has been a topic of conversation around Packerland for the last couple of years.
    Ted did a phenomenal job continuing the groundwork laid down by Bob Harlan and Ron Wolf several years prior.
    Now, he’s got a much bigger challenge before him.
    Hoping he can overcome this newest battle.
    Difficult days lie ahead, and my thoughts are with Ted and his family.

  4. We like to look to sports to get away from the everyday headaches and issues that affect us. It always hurts to see it affect those in that circle.

    Best wishes for a full recovery…

  5. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 8, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Glad it is not CTE! That is the good news from this. Hopefully more good news soon and the autonomic disorder is overcome.

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    It may very well be from CTE. I’m not a physician, but these functions are controlled by the hypothalamus, which is located in around the brain stem. The brain stem is one of the regions affected by CTE.

    Other neurological diseases seem to arise from repeated trauma to the brain, including Lou Gehrigs Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

    We simply don’t know enough yet.

  6. “Other neurological diseases seem to arise from repeated trauma to the brain, including Lou Gehrigs Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.”

    I once read that scientists considered this being the cause of Lou Gehrig’s illness as he suffered multiple beanings in those pre-helmet days and, as we know, he never missed a game to take time to recover.

  7. Sounds like dysautonomia to me, possibly postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (P.O.T.S.).
    There is no cure or 100% effective treatment for POTS.
    For an autonomic disorder, there is no better place to go than Mayo.
    I wish TT well.

  8. Good to see that for all our ranting and raving about this and that, the reality that people transcend the game matters more than the rest of it. Thumbs up to all posters so far.

  9. “I once read that scientists considered this being the cause of Lou Gehrig’s illness as he suffered multiple beanings in those pre-helmet days and, as we know, he never missed a game to take time to recover.”

    He was also a football player in High School and College,in the pre helmet/ leather helmet era. Read somewhere once they estimated he suffered 20 concussions at least over the years.

  10. Another Vikings fan wants to pass along our fans best wishes. Good luck and best wishes.

  11. All the best to Ted Thompson and the future before him. I watched the Packer HOF induction videos and he looked well-rested. Thanks for your time and contributions to the Packer’s organization.

  12. Ted extended the legacy that Ron Wolf helped to resurrect, but football is just stamp collecting when it comes to your health.

    Be well TT!

  13. Ted does not have CTE nor is it “very well” possible that he could have it.

    Test results have shown and medical specialists have concluded that he is not suffering from CTE. Please stop commenting on things that you know absolutely nothing about.

  14. It’s nice to see love pouring from the fans of PFT. My family will be praying for Ted and his family.

  15. People can be predisposed to this type of disorder due to genetics. Perhaps this gentleman’s family has a history. Other causes are typically due to brain injury. These injuries can be caused by illness or trauma. The brain is usually damaged in a way that prevents proper integration between the limbic system and the hypothalamous. My dad suffered, and I do mean suffered, from this disorder. It was brought on by a disease called Amaloydosis. If Mr. Thompson faces what my father went through before passing it is well worth saying a prayer for him. Best wishes.

  16. Best wishes Ted Thompson. One of the gutiest calls a GM ever had to make by moving on from Brett Favre for Aaron Rodgers. History shows Ted was right.

  17. Best wishes Ted Thompson. One of the gutiest calls a GM ever had to make by moving on from Brett Favre for Aaron Rodgers. History shows Ted was right.
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    I guess that’s one way to look at it.

    Was it that difficult to come to the realization that Favre wasn’t good enough to win another Title beyond 2002, and that it was time to move on?

    That TERRIBLE blind heave to Brian Dawkins..
    Corey Webster…

    Whatever magic Favre had 1995-1998 was LONG gone.

  18. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Ted does not have CTE nor is it “very well” possible that he could have it.

    Test results have shown and medical specialists have concluded that he is not suffering from CTE. Please stop commenting on things that you know absolutely nothing about

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    Free, does it matter how or why this happened? Please stop trying to correct people, doctors have been wrong before. Hope you can overcome this TT.

  19. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Ted does not have CTE nor is it “very well” possible that he could have it.
    Test results have shown and medical specialists have concluded that he is not suffering from CTE. Please stop commenting on things that you know absolutely nothing about.
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    The only way to conclusively test for CTE is to obtain brain tissue samples. I suggest you follow your own advice.

  20. Very telling and pathetic when someone is trying to continue a narrative that Ted Thompson has CTE. It is the Vikings troll who is doing it so consider the source and totally ignore it like I do.👍

    It is wonderful that tests have shown and doctors opinions are that Ted does not fit the profile of someone that is suffering from CTE. As I said earlier, hopefully Ted can soon overcome the autonomic disorder that he actually does have.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

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