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  1. Yes, I know what you mean about feeling like your BP and/or blood sugar are low, even when they are normal! I know there is a lot of info out there about cortisone helping with so-called "adrenal fatigue," but I find there is too much conflicting info for anything to be reliable. I'm not even sure that adrenal fatigue is a widely-accepted condition. I hope you can find some answers!
  2. Yes, you are absolutely correct, Pistol! (Apologies - I should have said check with your physician first!)
  3. hi Sarah, Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone with this pattern! I am utterly useless in the morning and throughout most of the day, but (on good days) I have some productive time after 7 pm. My low BP is a real problem for me, and it is especially bad when I first wake up. I wish I had some suggestions for you, but like you, I've tried just about everything so that I am functional during the day without much success. I have used hydrocortisone cream, which you can buy over the counter at the drug store, as it's much easier to administer in small doses rather than tr
  4. I find that I am very intolerant of any kind of steroids. Even at very low doses, I feel shaky and extremely agitated. The only thing that I have found tolerable is a very small dab of hydrocortisone cream, which I use on occasions when my BP is very low. I really had hoped that fludrocortisone would help with low BP but along with the other symptoms, it was giving me ocular migraines, so I can't take it. I have heard that this (steroid intolerance) is not that unusual, but I don't know if that's due to genetics-? I hope you find something that works for you!
  5. I'm really sorry about your frustrating experience -- but thank you for the chuckle! I'm convinced Nolan is brilliant, too. To answer your question, I do push myself. There are times when I think I must be crazy to be out in public stumbling around half-conscious, clutching at walls and on the verge of falling, but I feel the same way: if I don't walk, I will get worse. Sometimes the dizziness comes in spells, and if I can just sit it out for a bit, I can continue. (Other times, not so much!) I hope you find some answers!
  6. @cleo I am ridiculously sensitive to most medications, too - can’t even tolerate most vitamins - but I did not have a bad reaction to dissolving stitches (10+ years ago for hysterectomy, and more recently for minor surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma). I was also able to tolerate an antibiotic that they prescribed after the BCC surgery (Keflex) with only some minor and manageable stomach and gut upset. Best wishes with your surgery!
  7. @Sushi That is odd! In both echocardiogram reports (which were done at different places), the atrial pressure is described in a section titled “Hemodynamics” , and that section starts with “Doppler pattern suggests...” then it goes on to list the atrial pressures. I did notice that an echo report that I have from the UK didn’t list the atrial pressure. I will post an update when I find out more. Thanks for your input!
  8. @Miraclemaker11 many thanks for your kind thoughts. I think you are right, and this is all part of the autonomic problem, as opposed to a true cardiac dysfunction. I’ll be glad to spend some more time with the cardiologist and get his thoughts. That is a good tip re: Midodrine, thanks, and I think I have heard of some people who have had success on small doses! I personally did try taking very low doses of Midodrine after having difficulty tolerating a full dose. It does seem to have the desired effect briefly (an increase in BP, and more alertness) even at those low doses — but I still w
  9. @Miraclemaker11 I am sorry that the Florinef didn’t work! I agree; it’s really a guessing game to try to find a medication that is helpful - and that doesn’t make things worse! Sending compassion back to you and your son - with thanks!
  10. @sushi - thanks for this; it is reassuring to think that it is a common finding for dysautonomia patients, as opposed to being caused by something more sinister. To try to answer your question, I find it quite confusing - what I have read suggests that the heart is encountering some kind of resistance in its efforts to move the blood around (for example, a damaged mitral valve would create resistance). This resistance thus causes a sort of “logjam”, as the blood is not moving as it should, and that increases the pressure in the atrial chamber. I don’t know if the atrial pressure causes th
  11. @lieze - thanks for your kind words, and I am sorry that you are having such terrible anxiety issues! I agree, sometimes the anxiety is as bad or even worse than actual illness itself. I am feeling a bit calmer about it all today; I think this new possibility posed by the doc yesterday - a heart issue - was enough to set off terrible worry that my very limited level of functionality is just definitely destined to get worse. That may be true, of course — but in reality, it’s not definite; it’s not even a diagnosis yet, and I am confident that this particular doctor would have immediately taken
  12. @Pistol - thanks for that info! I am just hoping that this is not some sort of heart issue. It’s enough dealing with the dysautonomia! Yes, the low BP is just debilitating. I have tried a number of meds over the years (Florinef, Midodrine, Ritalin, Northera) to get the BP up, but have found that it’s like flogging a dead horse, if you’ll pardon the metaphor. These meds do indeed raise my BP for a bit, but I feel wired and tired, and inevitably crash very badly as they wear off. It’s just like drinking too much coffee and paying the price. So I have always done the “home remedy” appr
  13. Thanks for that info, @Miraclemaker11, and a happy Thanksgiving to you too. I hope that the Florinef (and/or licorice root) is helpful raising and sustaining your son’s BP. Keep us posted!
  14. Apologies in advance for this long post: I am feeling worried and was hoping to get some feedback on the following! I have been feeling absolutely wrecked all fall: more fatigued than usual, and consistently extremely low BP. I used to "perk up" a bit in the early evening, with BP readings around 96/65, but lately I seem to be in the mid-80s/mid-50s. In addition, I've had several episodes where I am especially dizzy and weak, and I feel like I am "lurching" even if I am sitting still - like a sudden tipping feeling even though I haven't moved. I went to the cardiologist today just
  15. Just throwing this out there in the hope it is useful: I have terrible dark moods if I take even low doses of drugs like clonazepam (that includes Valium and etizolam). I tried all those to help with sleep, but consistently woke up in an angry, depressed, and agitated mood that lasted for some time the next day. I did a bit of research because that seemed so unlikely, given that those drugs are supposed to have a calming effect, and learned those mood-changing side effects are not that uncommon. I am not second-guessing your medication decisions for your son, of course! I know everyone r
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