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Yes - plus when I wash my hair I feel like passing out. My doc says this is because raising the arms for shampooing plus the hot water triggers a drop in BP. I HATE showers!!! 

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Sometimes I need to sit and wash my hair under the streaming tub spout instead of the shower. Or sometimes a shower has to turn into a tub and I pull up the plug and finish by bathing instead of showering. I have very dry skin lately so I now take some body oil and squirt it onto the wet washcloth before I get out of the tub and rub myself up and down very quick. It's been helping with the dry skin. 

 

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Showers are exhausting. I have to really plan them into my day. I used to love hot evening showers but if I wait until the end of the day anymore, there's just no energy left to take one. I end up dizzy, overheated, trouble breathing, pounding headache, etc. 

Mid-morning showers with lukewarm or cool water help me get through them without all the exhaustion and pre-syncope issues. 

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Yes, I feel awful when bathing/showering. I use a stool to sit on and have the water just warm. I try not to stay in too long. Before I get out I run the water lukewarm or even colder to get my temperature down. I then carefully get out and dry myself gently. Sometimes I lie down for 20 minutes until my heart and BP settle down. I often shower before bed and that gives my body a chance to rest and regulate. 

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My autonomic specialist said that showering was usually the hardest part of a person's day (when you have POTS).  I use a shower chair now, run the water on cool, and lean forward a bit to wash my hair.  It has helped a lot.  Before I was diagnosed, I thought I would pass out in the shower.   Part of the problem is also standing very still and letting the blood pool.. Now that I can manage, it's much easier.  I am only 34, so "giving in" and getting a shower chair was tough at first, but I bought a comfortable one and it's so worth it to save energy and reduce symptoms.  

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I usually take a bath but used to love a nice hot bath-now I will do a hot soak but then turn the water lukewarm to wash my hair under the faucet and rinse off. It is still an exhausting process and have to admit I do it less often now so I have more energy on other days

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