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The Spoonie Struggle


Jun 14, 2021

Episode 18: Let's Talk About Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

In this episode, we discuss all things POTS. POTS is a type of dysautonomia. The episode discusses the autonomic nervous system as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and how they play a role in dysautonomia. Symptoms vary widely by person but can include blood pressure and pulse changes when standing, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, cognitive changes, shaking, fainting, coldness or pain in the extremities, shortness of breath, chest pain, GI and bladder problems, and poor sleep. POTS can be caused by another condition or can be of unknown origin. POTS is often diagnosed via TILT table test, but can also be diagnosed from the Quantitative Sudomotor Axon Reflex Test, Thermoregulatory Sweat Test, GI motility studies, or skin biopsies looking at the small fiber nerves. Treatment varies depending on the symptoms but often includes medication, lifestyle changes, increase in salt intake and water intake, compression stockings, and sitting.

 

 

 

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