She Was Feeling Fatigued All the Time…Then Doctors Discovered THIS
Conversely, POTS patients may experience a decrease or even no change in blood pressure when standing. Blood tests usually reveal low blood volume and high levels of plasma norepinephrine when standing. And about half of POTS patients experience a condition called small fiber neuropathy that causes sensations as “pin and needles,” tingling, and numbness.
POTS patients often experience extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, headaches and lightheadedness. They can present with nausea, intolerance to physical exertion or exercise, shaking, fainting, cold or pain sensations in arms and legs, chest pain and shortness of breath. POTS patients can develop a reddish or purple discoloration in their legs when they stand, due to blood pulling or poor circulation. The discoloration usually vanishes when the patients returned to a reclined position.
While Katie’s condition relegates her to not being able to work and a wheel chair, many POTS patients experience mild symptoms and can have normal work, school and recreational activities. Like Katie, 25 percent of POTS patients are unable to work and are considered to be disabled. Some patients may even have difficulty with lifestyle activities such as bathing, eating or sitting upright because they feeling fatigued.
Each patient with POTS is different, and treatments vary depending on the severity. Katie treats her POTS by making sure her body has enough salt, drinking plenty of fluids and wearing compression socks. Many are like Katie and consume the recommended two to three liters of fluid per day and consume between 3,000 mg to 10,000 mg of salt.
Other treatments may include raising the head of the bed to conserve blood volume, reclined exercises such as rowing and recumbent bicycling and eating a healthy diet. Some POTS patients have to take medications such as Fludrocortisone, Beta Blockers, Midodrine, Clonidine, Pyridostigmine, Benzodiazepines, SSRIs, SNRIs, Erythropoietin and Octreotide.
Katie seems like she has be best idea for an effective treatment… A positive attitude. She does what she can to improve her condition, while appreciating her friends and family. Katie is able to share her struggles and help other people who are silently suffering from this, or other misdiagnosed conditions.