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  1. i'm considering trying LDN (low dose naltrexone) for ulcerative colitis, and can't see why it wouldn't help with POTS. has anyone else tried it here? this thread is a bit old, and i'm wanting to spark it back to life, since LDN has had so much promise for other illnesses involving inflammation of the CNS. thanks!
  2. i also have cervical stenosis and POTS. my neck issues have been with me for most of my life, but i didn't realize they were a factor in so many of my health issues until POTS symptoms became more pronounced. i recently saw a neurosurgeon who thought at least some of my POTS could be alleviated by surgery, and i agree with him. i've no doubt in my mind the two are linked. like others here, i am trying chiropractic first, changing my diet around to avoid coffee, sugar, grains, and dairy products, and trying anything to avoid surgery. i have more good days following this new diet/chiro protocol
  3. if you think of helminthic therapy in the same way as probiotics, little bugs in your gut that were designed to be there, it makes a lot more sense. look up the "hygiene hypothesis" or the "old friends hypothesis" and you'll see what i mean. humans co-evolved with certain benign and beneficial organisms in their intestines, some which appear to modulate the immune system. take them out through some action like deworming, and suddenly you've got a world where everyone is becoming hyperallergic to foods, seasonal allergens, etc. when i first started getting symptoms of POTS, i thought it was foo
  4. i'm doing helminthic therapy for dysautonomia, ulcerative colitis, and food allergies. you can read about it here: http://gettinghealthiernow.wordpress.com/ specifically, i did 55 hookworm (necator americanus) and 500 whipworm (trichuris trichiura). low level infections don't make the host anemic, nor do the helminths mis-migrate or multiply. it is a very safe therapy that has been tested many times in clinical trials throughout the world. i inoculated almost 17 weeks ago. so far it's controlling my IBD really well, and i have high hopes it will one day reduce my hyperadrenergic POTS symptoms.
  5. i developed ulcerative colitis about 10 years ago. along with the UC, i began to have numerous food allergies (fish, shellfish, wine, pineapple, strawberries, avocado, nuts, etc.) and reacted also to seasonal allergens. throughout this time i was having low-level POTS symptoms but didn't know what they were: mostly periods where my nose would get stuffy, my heart would race, and i'd have odd fluctuations of body temperature. i figured it was asthma, since my lungs were often affected. in the last 3 years or so, i started to have hyperadrenergic symptoms, like blood pressure spikes, but again,
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