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POTS and/or Hypoglycemia

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Hi! I've been diagnosed with POTS (and ME/CFS), but before I ever had symptoms of those, I had undiagnosed fasting hypoglycemia. I would get shaky and weak and it would go away when I ate something sugary. It wasn't a big deal. Now that I have POTS symptoms, when my blood sugar goes low it tends to make my POTS worse. Is that possible, or does that mean I don't actually have POTS, and the standing issues are caused by hypoglycemia? I haven't had a tilt-table test, but I've had a standing test, and my resting heart rate is between 60 and 70, and when I stand it goes up to about 140 and stays there until I sit down. Would that happen if it was caused by hypoglycemia? I still have POTS symptoms even if I don't have low blood sugar though. Any advice? 

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I had hypoglycemic events all of my life but only developed POTS 8 years ago. Both issues are related and it is not uncommon to have these.

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I absolutely have this 100%. I have Early Satiety which wipes out my appetite and my thirst. Presyncope is always greatly worse when I haven't eaten enough. I haven't read up on it yet but I think it's more than hypoglycemia throwing a wrench in the machine, I think it may also come with a depletion of electrolytes--if I'm not eating or digesting well I'm not getting my electrolytes. Just a little fruit, bread and cheese will lift me out of it but taking that first bite is hard.

 

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