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I don't really know what to say that would be very helpful..but do you take any beta blockers normally to help slow your heart down? My only advice is just to take it easy and rest until you feel a bit better.

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make sure you are hydrated and have salt and potassium. I have hyper pots and I do drink sometimes... it does make me feel better in the short term.... but getting dehydrated can be dangerous. I also will drink "emergency- vit- c packets"

I guess most potsies don't drink... I think if you are a fainter it is a bad idea... but i even have less of a headache if I drink. Just stay hydrated!

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Hi Lissy,

We are all human and want to have a good time sometimes and a drink or two. My problem is that if I drink I will get a racing heart when I lie down which can go on all night. It is dreadful. Is that your experience - feel ok and then as soon as you lie down the trouble begins?

Food with a drink is sometimes possible with me, alcohol on an empty stomach or with a light meal like a salad is a disaster. I go on to have a very disturbed night full of adrenaline as my heart beats forcefully all night - that's why I rarely drink anymore.x

Sue

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Thank u all for replies. The hr is elevated the morning after and it makes it hard because usually I can lay down and it goes down to 75-80 but after I drink it stays up 120 or higher even if I lay down for it lasts most of the day.

A few months ago I drank and smoked some (weed*) thinking it would some how calm my nervous system . Boy that night was so terrifying my heart was beating so hard I felt it through my whole body I told hubby to call 911 ,no matter what I did it would not slow down it took the ambulance 40 minutes to get here!!!!!!! At the ER they were all treating me like I was a junkie and taking nothing I said serious . My heart stayed at 150 for 6 hours I kept telling them to give me fluid !!!!! I told them my condition and they were clueless the doc wanted to give me something to slow my heart rate but I wouldn't allow him to because he didn't even know what dysautonomia was. They just wanted to draw my blood which I wouldn't allow them to cause I knew they would just make me weaker . Eventually the next shift came in I explained to that doctor what had happened and she just put an I.V in and said I was lucky I didn't have a heart attack keeping a high heart rate for all that time about 30 hour after them giving me the I.V heart rate was normal and I went home. I really thought I was gonna die and all the medical people around me were so incompetent that they should have been working at a circus or something...

Anyway I'm glad I survived and I should have known for that experience not to try drinking again

Lissy

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I used to enjoy drinking alcohol a couple of times a week but hardly ever drink now. Alcohol is a diuretic so if you do have a drink you need to drink even more water to help compensate. For me I can balance a glass of wine with a pint of water.

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I trust that you are feeling all better by now.

Please do have a lot less of a drink next time you have one!

As for how to slow down an elevated heartrate? I would lie down. I think the alcohol just needs to work out of your body?

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I made the same mistake when I first started having symptoms and didn't realize that a drink would be a problem. I never had an issue with having a mixed drink before, so when it suddently became a trigger for symptoms, I learned really fast that I didn't want that to happen ever again. I haven't had any type of alcohol for about 9 years. Periodically I think how nice it would be to just have a small 'fun' drink, as they did taste really good - but just not worth the scary effects that follow :blink:

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Ive never had any issues with alcohol and POTS. If anything I think it helps me in moderation. But most folks say the opposite. Just goes to show how different / yet the same we are.

ive found that a few times when ive overdone things my heart rate was higher the next day but my dizziness was almost absent strangely.

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