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Aldosterone levels & POTS


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Hi again ... I had a bunch of tests done since my previous posts, a litte while ago. Although I feel pretty miserable, almost everything came back normal, except for the aldosterone, and I wonder about the connection between that and POTS problems.

The strange thing is that you'd expect it to be low, but mine is HIGH (50). It doesn't seem to make sense. The renin is normal, and it should be low when the aldesternone is high, the cortisol is normal, etc. Plus high aldesterone is supposed to cause hypertension, but of course I'm the opposite. (My blood pressure was in the 80s today. Systolic.)

My doctor prescribed florinef, which so far hasn't helped, but I wonder how all this fits together. I expect it just doesn't ...

Monica

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I quess it is high, maybe trying to compensate for the low blood volume but the problem is furthur down the line- body not being able to respond to the high aldosterone - receptors for the aldosterone not receiving signal or something.... hmmmmm interesting but very frustrating this POTS is.......

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I quess it is high, maybe trying to compensate for the low blood volume but the problem is furthur down the line- body not being able to respond to the high aldosterone - receptors for the aldosterone not receiving signal or something.... hmmmmm interesting but very frustrating this POTS is.......

Indeed ... it has my endocrinolgist puzzled, too ... now that's scary. I asked him what could drive the aldesterone high like this, and he just took the easy way out ... autonomic insuffiency. Yeah, I know, but what's the trigger? One year ago I was as healthy as anyone I know.

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