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Hello All,

As I stated before I am new to this forum and am really glad I found it! I have recently been diagnosed with POTS after a few years of unexplainable symptoms. It took me going to the ER and being seen by a cardiologist to finally get some answers. A little back round about me - I am a 23yr old female. I recently had an ablation to rule out SVT, my DR found nothing to ablate so she has determined I have POTS (After ruling other things out) . I am taking midodrine 3 times a day. But one symptom I have always had and none of my dr's have been able to explain is skin pain, literally I feel like I have a sunburn all over my entire body but nothing visible. It gets so bad that it hurts to wear clothes, especially across my back and arms. Now I haven't spoke to my current dr in detail about this since being diagnosed with POTS. I am going into the dr this week so we will discuss it. Anyone have symptoms like that?

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Yes, for me that's been a sign of an "allergic" reaction. I get it the worst on my shoulders- feels like a bad sunburn. Wonder what would happen if you took an antihistamine?

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That symptom started for me about 2 years after the postural tachycardia. I have burning in my feet, hands, face and mouth. I also have a strange metallic taste in my mouth. When I get too warm, stressed, or do too much, then the burning spreads toward my torso. There are some days that any clothing feels like sandpaper. Benadryl helps somewhat, but I've tried other H1 blockers and even added an H2 blocker for a few months but got no relief.

I was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy. I've found gabapentin to be helpful, and recently started paxil which helps a bit too. I do find that the better my POTS/pooling is controlled, the less skin pain I have. So for me that means exercising as much as possible, lots of salt and fluids, compression hose, staying cool, and avoiding stress.

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Stress has definitely been a factor for me, the more stress the worse my symptoms are. I think I might be allergic to bendryl. I have taken it twice (within the past few years) for actual allergy things ( runny nose, watery eyes) and woken up the next day feeling terrible - skin pain, fatigue, headache etc. I spoke to a dr I had in the past about it (the skin pain) and he told me the nerves in my skin had created a memory from when I had scarlet fever a few times as a child. This was the same DR that when I told him I was having palpitations lying down and an elevated heart rate he just put me on HBP meds....

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"I spoke to a dr I had in the past about it (the skin pain) and he told me the nerves in my skin had created a memory from when I had scarlet fever a few times as a child. This was the same DR that when I told him I was having palpitations lying down and an elevated heart rate he just put me on HBP meds..."

Oh my! I ended up going to a neurologist who is a small fiber neuropathy specialist. He got me into Mayo, but has treated me himself ever since.

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Is it a burning pain or a super sensitivity? I have cutaneous allodynia:

"Cutaneous allodynia: Pain resulting from an innocuous stimulus to normal skin or scalp. The stimulus that triggers allodynia is not normally painful. The pain can be provoked by combing or brushing the hair, shaving, showering, wearing glasses or earrings. The pressure of a single strand of hair reportedly can feel like a jab with a white-hot knife. Cutaneous allodynia is believed due to a transient increase in the responsiveness of central pain neurons that process information arising from the skin. It is commonly associated with migraine. From allo- meaning other + -dynia meaning pain."

I only get it when I am having a migraine, but then even the softest clothes feel like sandpaper. Mine is only one sided.

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I've never heard that term before in all the months I have told different doctors. It's more of a burning pain, I think..kind of hard to explain. The best way for me to describe it is a really bad sunburn across my back and arms (sometimes other areas like my stomach and legs too). Clothes and even someone touching my arm makes me jerk away. I have been prescribed meds for migraines but the pain doesnt always accompany them. When I was younger I remeber having the pain when I had a fever, now it is completly random, but always accompanied by other symptoms (blacking out, dizzyness, nausea etc.)

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Do you mean where your body is cool but it almost feels like your limbs are on fire?

That is what I call it at least. I am not sure if it is isolated to my skin. I just know that I will have my house at a cool 68-70 degrees but my face or arms or legs will feel like they are on fire while the rest of my body is perfectly comfortable, almost cold.

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If you read up on small fiber peripheral neuropathy it could be that as well. Along with hypotension which usually causes the black outs and dizzyness, sounds also like nerve damage. Skin biopsy for small fiber nerve damage will diagnosis it. The doctor to see is a neurologist, but not a regular one, but one who treats neuro muscular autoimmune disease. There aren't a lot of them, but if you call and ask if they do skin biopsies for small fiber neuropathy, you have one that knows about the condition.

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I have gotten the skin burning thing as well and I have the mast cell problems. I wonder if the antihistamine would help you as Julie mentioned. I can't wear tight clothes, lacy or itchy clothes, elastics, and cold icy washcloths help me a lot.

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