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Living with POTS? - April 30th 2016, 03:04 PM

Does anyone here struggle with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome? From my understanding, my blood pressure drops too low and causes me to faint. I just started a new medication that has been helping but I really notice when I don't eat enough or drink enough water. It's super debilitating... It's ruining my life.
   
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Re: Living with POTS? - May 1st 2016, 12:08 PM

Obviously not a doctor, but that doesn't sound like POTS. POTS is typically problems with your heart rate, not blood pressure. For instance when a person with POTS would stand their heart rate would increase 30 beats per minute but their blood pressure would remain the same.

If you're noticing this happens when you don't eat or drink enough, then you're probably dehydrated and need food. Try to get in 64 ounces of fluids and eat enough consistently everyday.

Definitely see a doctor since it's causing you so much trouble, but still try the fluids and food thing since you said it's more noticeable when you're lacking in those areas.

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Re: Living with POTS? - May 4th 2016, 09:52 PM

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Obviously not a doctor, but that doesn't sound like POTS. POTS is typically problems with your heart rate, not blood pressure. For instance when a person with POTS would stand their heart rate would increase 30 beats per minute but their blood pressure would remain the same.

If you're noticing this happens when you don't eat or drink enough, then you're probably dehydrated and need food. Try to get in 64 ounces of fluids and eat enough consistently everyday.

Definitely see a doctor since it's causing you so much trouble, but still try the fluids and food thing since you said it's more noticeable when you're lacking in those areas.

Best of luck.
Idk much about POTS, but I watched a show about this girl with it. Shed pass out when she was in certain positions because her blood pressure would drop. They gave her salt and she got completely better
   
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Re: Living with POTS? - May 7th 2016, 04:28 AM

None of us here are professionals.
I did some research though and found out that it is necessary to intake salt, lots of fluids and that medications can help.
If you drink sodas or other sugary/caffinated drinks, it may be best to stop drinking those.
Drink a lot of water at least 64 ounces (8 ounces per standard cup). It may be necessary for you to drink more than this amount at least until you get yourself to where your body needs to be with fluid and salt intake.
I also saw that compression stockings can help but you should talk with your doctor before purchasing any to be sure they will be able to help you.
I know it is difficult to fit in keeping well-fed and hydrated but with something such as POTS, it is even more crucial for you to eat and drink plenty (healthy foods/drinks obviously).
It may help for you to set alarms on your phone at two-hour intervals so that you can remind yourself to drink water and eat.
Lastly, see if your doctor knows of any foods that would help or hinder POTS.
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