Thursday, February 18, 2010

Symptoms of POTS

I realize that I said I would get this done a couple weeks ago but between snow days and POTs being very active it’s been a bit hard. These are just my symptoms and I want to advise that I am not a doctor nor can I give you medical advice.  However, if you are noticing that you are having these as well then I would recommend writing a list and taking it to your doctor.  If they just shrug it off then you need to find another doctor.

My symptoms are:

  • Fainting or Near fainting (also known as syncope)
  • Light headed
  • Weakness
  • Heart Palpitations (these often feel like flutters)
  • Vision issues
  • Cognitive Impairment (this is a BIG one for me. )
  • Chest pain (if you have this call your doctor or go to an ER)
  • Heat/Cold intolerances
  • Tremors (sometimes are mistaken for seizures when they aren’t)
  • Headaches (I have these a lot and they are sever after falls)
  • Sleep problems/Insomnia
  • Fatigue (This is never ending for me.)
  • Gastro issues (Usually when you’ve ate recently)
  • Exercise intolerance (Not from being lazy!!!)
  • Anxiety
  • Blood pooling (I notice it most when my feet are red and burning.)
  • Low blood pressure (not everyone has this.  Some are high)
  • Cold hands, feet, and nose. (All of the time for me.)
  • Breathing troubles (Often mistaken for asthma)
  • Noise sensitivity (Not good when you have kids like I do.)
  • Light sensitivity
  • Problems with balance
  • Chemical sensitivities (Melatonin is one for me.)
  • Feeling full quickly (after just a couple bites)
  • Easily over stimulated.
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Feeling of being detached from your surroundings.

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Again these are just some of mine.  I’m sure there are more that I just can’t think of right now.  See I do have cognitive impairment! ;) Again, self diagnosis doesn’t help you any.  If you suspect you might have POTS/Dysautonomia then please see a doctor.  Find one that will listen to you and is open to the suggestion of what you feel might be wrong.

So what type of symptoms do you have?  Feel free to share in the comments or email me at bangingpots @ 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Man I need to just say...

I swear I'll post some more this week. We've had a lot of snow so it's been a little bit crazy here at home. I should be able to get my symptoms post up without fail tomorrow. I do want to share something right now.

Today I am filled with feelings that I hate. They rang from frustration to feeling like a failure. You see today is Valentine's day. I wanted to take my kids to watch a movie as their gift. While getting ready I was feeling really bad. Next thing I know I'm shaking (tremors). They were pretty bad. After discussing things with my husband we decided to offer them a rain check and another gift.

It is very hard to not feel like a crappy mother when you can't do the simplest of things for your children. All I want to do is let them have a normal childhood and not be affected by POTS like it is affecting me. Not being able to do things like this makes me feel like I've "dropped the ball" on motherhood or that I somehow can't even be a parent. I just want one day where I am normal. Where I feel like all the other moms in the world.

I'm sorry this sounds depressing but let's face it. POTS isn't a walk in the garden nor is it a trip over the rainbow.