If you were to list your top 5 symptoms, what would they be? Fatigue? Pain? Gastrointestinal issues? Let me know what all of you are going through. I am very curious to see how different yet how similar we are too.
My top 5 symptoms are as followed:
- Heat intolerance
- tachycardia with shortness of breath (when standing of course)
- anxiety, "crazy" wired feelings
- exercise intolerance
Now many people would insist that I have adrenal fatigue and need to go on "adrenal support". No you are wrong. I will continue to repeat this as many times as I need to until I am blue in the face.
POTS is not adrenal fatigue. POTS is not adrenal fatigue. POTS is not adrenal fatigue. POTS is not adrenal fatigue. POTS is not adrenal fatigue.
Do some POTS patients have symptoms that mimic those with adrenal issues? Absolutely, but it does not mean we all have adrenal problems and need hydrocortisone, florinef or "adrenal support". It is simply a THEORY that has been repeated so many times, that people have started to believe it as truth. Those who perpetuate the THEORY usually have never ever had POTS, yet they speak about it as if they are an authoritative source of information. Ugh! :( Believe me when I say it does not go away with some salt, florinef, and hydrocortisone. If it did I would not be here anymore writing on my blog.
|Heat Intolerance is a major problem for me in the summer.|
When I wake up in this crisis state, it is very difficult to pull myself out of it without intervening with ways to cool my body down as quickly as possible. Cold baths, ice cold water and air conditioning is the only thing that helps. Once my body finally cools down I am good. I feel completely normal and can go about my day. I know that sounds really weird and perhaps I am an usual case, but I always tell people I really do just have POTS. I do not have chronic fatigue syndrome or hypothyroid. If I fixed my POTS, I'd be nearly 100% better.
This summer has been better than previous years, so I am thankful for that. However I still have a long way to go until I will consider myself recovered or cured.
Update 8AM July 4: Things did not go as well as I had originally thought when I made this post. I continued down the heat exhaustion path for most of the night. At one point I was shaking, had goosebumps, throbbing headache and felt terrible. My temperature was running 99.6. I got an ice cold bath, drank lots of ice water and I still was having trouble getting my temperature down. Finally now after many hours after becoming increasingly worried, I got my temperature down to the low 99's, then high 98's and now it is about 98.4. I still have an awful throbbing headache and that likely will not go away until I sleep for the day. I hope I staved off an ER trip. That would be 2 holidays where I made an appearance. Let's hope all of this corrects itself today. Yes we are running the AC tonight too!
Here's a few other posts I've made on this subject.
2012- Heat Intolerance: It's Too Darn Hot!
2011- Getting Through the Heat Intolerance