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I have POTS and in the past few months I have had no energy. Since January I've been getting a cold every month. Regular cold with the sore throat and all stuffed up. Literally I've only been cold free maybe one week a month. I don't know if its my POTS or I really have no immune system. I work at a bank as a banker so I'm always working with the public. It's getting annoying with summer here and I'm trying to start my own business. But between the cold and no energy its becoming impossible. Does anyone have a good way to up your immune system and energy? I take a multivitamin and 1000m of vitamin C (my obgyn told me to take the vitamin c).

Customers are starting to complain along with my coworkers. I can take the passing out and blacking out and even the being freezing all the time. But I can't take being all stuffed up and coughing with no energy. I can only take so much.

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Hey leea190, that sounds pretty awful especially with the co-workers complaining. I guess a good thing would just be making sure your eating three decent meals a day, fluid loading, the vitamin C always seems to be good. Maybe drink tea during the day if you could handle the caffiene. I would also just talk to your doctor, maybe they would want to give you an antibiodic, as you said you've been sick quite often and maybe there is something else going on. POTS definately can make being sick even more misrable than it is.

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Thank you! I appreciate the comments. I do drink a lot of tea (mostly to stay warm at work). I'm just so worried because since I've been so sick my POTS has been getting a lot worse. Definitely a lot more passing out and blacking out has occurred but like I said I can deal with the passing and blacking out but I can't deal with colds with everything. I've been passing out every day for 11 years so I'm used to that by now. I've talked to my primary but they told me that it's been a rough winter for many people (I live in Buffalo NY and I was one of the ones stuck inside for 4 days in a massive blizzard). So they said that people who got sick in the beginning of the season will keep getting sick. I've heard that from some clients but I think that's just my doctor blowing me off. I'm going to a new electrophysiologist so I'm hoping he helps more than my last electrophysiologist.

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Hello leea 190. I'm sorry you have been so ill. Cold symptoms can get very tiresome. Infections can also definitely have a negative impact on PoTS symptoms. I second Katie's suggestion of seeing an Immunologist. Having that many viral infections is a bit out of the ordinary and should be evaluated by a specialist. I can relate to feeling blown off at times by my past primary care doc as well. I hope your new Electrophysiologist is helpful.

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Hi Leea! I'm in Buffalo also and since we got hit with the Snow-vember storm I've noticed some people are still not feeling their best. I hope you start to feel better soon, have any of your strep cultures come back positive at all this year or had any fevers?

There have been posts in the past where members have mentioned experiencing cold-like symptoms that haven't went away that have turned out to be allergies that they didn't know they even had. I'm definitely not a doctor, but like some others mentioned above, feeling terrible really does tend to make POTS symptoms worse and I feel really bad that you are feeling so sick :( I know we have a lot of great allergy/immunology doctors in the area, so maybe talking to your primary could be helpful for you. I think it's great that you are seeing an Electrophysiologist here in Buffalo. best of luck to you! I hope you feel better.. Sarah

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Thank you everyone! I have talked to more people who have been sick a lot since the snovemeber storm. I just hope we don't have another one next winter.

I've actually noticed that every time I get sick it's the same week of my period. So it's a double whammy for my POTS. I'm on a very high dose of birth control already to help with my POTS during my period. So this week I'm upping my vitamins and so far I'm okay. I feel a bit of a sore throat and a little stuffy but not a super bad cold like the months previous. I hoping doubling on some vitamins work.

Also, Sarah could you let me know about any allergy/immunology doctors in Buffalo? I don't know who to go to. I do prefer someone in the south towns but I will travel to the north towns if they're good. I live and work in Hamburg so it's a lot easier for me to make appointments in that area also.

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