|Heat intolerance can make summer miserable.|
With severe heat intolerance, I am constantly in the beginning stages of heat exhaustion. With POTS this is just something you have to deal with I guess. Not many people have been successful in treating their heat intolerance. I am hoping chelation will help me, but I do not expect to see any results for at least 6 months to a year. If I were doing IV's then I would likely see improvements much quicker, but for now I am sticking with oral DMPS. I am still a little nervous about IVs and I don't know of any doctor who does them in this area.
The beginning symptoms of heat intolerance are all too common for the POTS patient. Here's a list of symptoms from the website medicinenet.com. It is linked above if you want to read more:
* heavy sweating (not the case for a lot of POTsy-we do not sweat enough)At some time or another I've had all of these symptoms while bathing or simply sitting in my house doing nothing. I do not sweat enough when I am hot. I think that might be part of the issue. However I do sweat profusely if I am having a norepinephrine response to stress of some type or become extremely tachycardic upon standing. Apparently these are controlled by two different parts of the CNS, so that actually make sense.
* muscle cramps
* nausea or vomiting
The skin may be cool and moist. The victim's pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow.
I guess walking around in my bikini, keeping cold wash clothes on my head and getting cold baths is really all I can do. The summer time is hell for me and I can not looking forward to it at all.
For those of you who got to the end of this article and think all of my symptoms sound "adrenal", think again. I am so sick and tired of hearing about how I need adrenal support. I am on adrenal "support" and it does nothing for POTS, nor heat intolerance, nor exercise intolerance, not the lightheadedness etc. Sorry but I am just sick and tired of hearing this. STTM and the adrenal yahoo group have both polluted all health forums, so everyone considers themselves experts on adrenals. No you are not! Wake up, there are other body systems out there other than adrenals and hydrocortisone is not something you should be messing with unless you have real adrenal failure. Period.
I made the mistake and listened to all of these armchair forum doctors for years. No more! /Rant off