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Do Some Times Of Year Bother You More??

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It seems like, although I have symptoms all year and fainting spells can come anytime, that from say November to April or May is worst. As a kid i figured it was worse cause I had more stresses to my system then... More pressure to be up in the morning etc.

Now, I work all year but it seems like still if I am going to go down for months at a time I can count on November/December thru April/May to be it.

I also know that last year I went "Home" to Kansas city for thanksgiving and was on the floor many times... I had a cold too and a very sick 3 year old on my hands.. but i remember thinking "I can never move back here cause I "feel it" again. The "It" being the unrestrained fainting and full on symptoms I had growing up.

I was in the shower, feeling progressivly lousier and got to thinking... I do my best thinking in the bathroom. lol

OK, all for now... Gotta get my feet up before there is a body over mind mutiny... lol

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Historically, I've often started a downward slide in November and bottomed out in early March. That's been less true in recent years.

There are some seasonal factors that can affect your health. For a while, we thought I had Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is basically a sensitivity to lack of sunlight. It's treated with a Sunbox, which is an extremely bright, full-spectrum flourescent light source that you sit in front of for a couple of hours a day. It didn't work for me, but seems to help some.

I also have a dust allergy, which gets worse in the winter when the heat is on. All those dust particles from the vents get tossed into the air everytime the furnace kicks in. I have a hepa filter in my bedroom, and that seems to help some.

spike

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This topic has come up pretty freqently on the forum. Perhaps you could do a search on it?

I do have seasonal worseing of symptoms, but only in the summer. I do best when it's cold out, so the winter has become my favorite time of year. It's funny because before I got sick, I only lived in tropical areas because I hated winter so much. Now I pray for snowy, cloudy days :(

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Hi All,

Isn't it funny how we are all different. I with Dizzy, do better in the winter. I live with my daughter and she keeps the heater on for the kids and I have my bedroom window open and sleep in front of it. I can't breath when it gets too hot. The cold air is wonderful. I did read where alot of us have a harder time in cold weather.

Donna

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I'm actually out of the wheelchair now that it's colder out. I am extremely heat intolerant.

It's wierd how it's so opposite with people... :)

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My health is worse in the summer months. I don't tolerate heat well at all, which is why Alaska was such a great place to live! Unfortunately we've had to move to the south. I'm not looking forward to summer. Anything over 70 degrees is difficult for me. I do best with temperatures of 60-68, or even colder. Bring on 50 below!

Rachel

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The heat bugs me too. Growing up in the midwest I always left town in the summer. I now live on the coast where we never get the heat... But still something in the winter will set me off..

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Funny, I was thinking of asking this very same question. I moved from the Mississippi to Wisconsin and love it! I was so miserable in the heat and humidity. I feel much better now that it is cooler. Not too sure how I'll feel when it is frigid out though. It has been amazingly mild so far! Karen

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I only have had POTS for three years -- although I suppose that's long enough! -- but I do notice that every October, I start to feel crummy and start to feel better in late April or early May. I think it definitely has to do with sun exposure and vitamin D, even though I supplement with cod liver oil fortified with vit. D in the bad months. No idea.

Amy

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I have dreaded autumn and winter. Best I can figure for me (by visiting a weather site daily), the barometric changes bother me the most. The faster and lower the pressure drops, the lower the oxygen density and the more lightheadedness I feel. My heart pounds more, too, even when it is not taching.

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Yea, I have wondered about barometric changes. I think also it being cold out and then going in and out of heated environments, maybe does it too?? I know once I blacked out after sitting in a warm building and then standing outside in freezing temps for about 5 min. I felt fine coming out of the building but...

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hey all,

it's wierd, my rates are alot better in the winter (i am guessing because vasodilation is less in the colder climate, whereas with summer there is a lot of vasodilation cuz of the heat) but symptomatically i feel worse in the winter. figure THAT one out! i hate the cold. strange how that works!

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hmm well i do cruddy thru the whole year.. though looking back over the past few years id have to say that I do better in the month of september only...

the changes of the seasons are allways quite hard on me.. especially fall going into winter.. and sspring going into summer.........

i do severely worse in the winter and summer months..bad in the spring.. am sorta status quo in sptember... usually followed by sever bronchitus come octber! and its down hill from there

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