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Yesterday I went to the dentist to get a regular cleaning and 4 cavities filled. A friend drove me.  I felt fine the whole time I was there. Came home very tired and rested. Then normal good evening. Normal insomnia I usually experience . Then this morning woke up with headache , shortness of breath, and total fatigue where I couldn’t get out of bed. This is the worst I have felt in a long time . Anyone experience this feeling after a dental procedure? 

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Four cavities filled at once sounds stressful.  that may have triggered a response.  Did you get shots of novacaine?  Sometimes just getting shots (not necessarily the material in the shot) can trigger a POTS reaction, for me.  Some people w POTS are sensitive to the epinephrine in these shots.  Although that wears off quickly it could also possibly explain a response.  Hopefully you will go back to your baseline shortly.

You can do a search on the forum for novacaine, epi, and/or epinephrine to find past discussions on this topic.

So sorry you feel so badly :(

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Thank you @MomtoGiuliana, I will check other forum posts. I did see lots of posts about dental procedures but I wasn’t expecting the reaction a day later. I did do well during the visit I thought I was doing great ! I was calm and I didn’t even take a med like I was planning to. That is what puzzles me about POTS , that I can feel so good and hopeful and them BAM ! I literally feel so so sick. 
 

Why does this happen ? I try to avoid triggers and it still happens. I question everything I do ( dentist appt or was it the milkshake afterwards, on and on) I just feel like I should be feeling better because I’m taking my meds etc . I’m glad I see a specialist for the first time and I’m going to get many autonomic tests done. Maybe Dr. Suleman will be able to help me. It’s been a year with debilitating symptoms. 

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It does seem strange to have a delayed reaction but I feel like this has happened to me on occasion.  Examples I can think of in my experience include going to hair salon (and having my head tilted back for hair washing) and feeling OK at the time and quite bad the next morning.  Also getting a shot (I could not tolerate B12 shots 2 years ago and I suspect this was what was going on).

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@HCD77 - I frequently experience worsening of POTS the day AFTER I had a potential trigger. Often I do something that I know could be a trigger ( like going to the doctor or vacuuming ) and think " Wow, that went well - I feel great! Maybe I'm getting better ... " - only to find out the next day that it actually did NOT got over well. I am not really sure why we sometimes get worse right away and other times after a day or so. 

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@Pistol, That is exactly what I feel like too! I swear I’m getting better and then I feel so horrible the next day!!! I get so discouraged and very down. It seems like doctors and vacuuming do it to me too! Ugh !!! I know I can’t vacuum. I just try to get through the day and then hope and pray the next day will be better. I also research and research to figure out what I did that could have triggered such horrible symptoms. I guess I’m  just hoping I can change the outcome and have more good days. 

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4 hours ago, HCD77 said:

I also research and research to figure out what I did that could have triggered such horrible symptoms.

Sometimes we cannot find the trigger, but over the years I have pin-pointed many - like insect bites, allergies, barometric pressure changes, ALWAYS doing too much ... just a few, the list goes on. And not all of them can be avoided. Recently I had a HUGE flare following Prednisone tapering - that one was a new one. Of course surgery and illness do it every time. I once almost passed out and experienced a bad flare after a dentist visit - they applied a bite impression for a mouth guard and it caused me to gag ... even something so normal can do us in! Oh well - it is what it is 😕!

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