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  1. Going gluten free helped my digestive issues and body pain, but did not eliminate my brain fog. When I eliminated peanut butter, my brain fog lifted. I am still forgetful, but the zombie-like fog is gone.
  2. Bigskyfam, I'm so bad at keeping up with these posts, sorry! I did have some trial and error with meds. The first beta blocker gave me terrible headaches. Then I had to figure out how much midodrine to take in a day, because if I took the recommended amount it would give me chest pain. Any anti anxiety meds I've tried haven't worked out. Xanex makes me shake bad, like tremors. Ativan lowers my bp all the more. Zoloft gave me panic attacks. I have some other stuff in my drawer that was prescribed that I didn't even take, like Amantadine. That was from my neurologist and was suppose to help with fatigue, but it's a stimulant. I actually consulted my cardiologist on that and he told me not to take it as I am already tachy. Dr. Grubb does sound like a popular guy for dysautonomia, but I'm not even sure I want to make the trip. I seriously don't think he will be able to do more than anybody else that I've seen so far except possibly give me a more definite diagnosis. And I really do not want to do any more testing. I am currently about 75% better than I was 2 1/2 years ago and although I would like to be able to walk farther, ride my bike, work etc, I am currently happy with the progress I am making. I don't think this will ever go away for me. I think it's just about managing it the best I can.
  3. Artluvr, to answer your question about what foods make me worse, peanutbutter, eggs, gluten products, dairy, corn. Sounds pretty close to Rosey1125's diet. I recently decided to try a lower histamine diet because I think my histamine levels have a lot to do with my bp drops and brain fog. Sorry for the delay in an answer. I'm not on here so much as I used to be. I hope you find some relief soon!
  4. Yes artluvr, if I don't get enough sleep, or if I do too much in one week, or if I'm bloated, or have had a big meal (and the list goes on), I am short of breath. It seems like if my blood is busy attending to some certain part of my body that it just doesn't get to my lungs so well. At least that's what it feels like! I hope things get better for you.
  5. Wow, can you imagine a simple blood test for POTS! It's nice to see that research is really being done with this illness. Thanks for posting this article. =)
  6. My brain fog significantly improved with this year's very cold mid-west winter. That, with the addition of compression stockings to help get the blood back up to my brain, and I noticed some foods were contributing to my low bp and brain fog so they have dropped off my diet. Have you considered the food you eat at all as possible contributors to your brain fog? I haven't figured out any helps for the barometer changes, but since I have been able to cut out some triggers, the times that I can't change anything seem easier to take.
  7. Sleepbree, So glad you're getting some answers! I hope the change in your meds help and you will be on your way to feeling better =) I too had to change my primary physician before I started getting any help. Sometimes it's just not a good fit. Be well! Hope
  8. Great Article! I will have to pass this one around!
  9. I love my probiotic, but some of them seem to really make me worse. It's funny though, I take the Walgreens Brand Natural 4x and they work REALLY well for me. I used to take whatever their green ones were until they discontinued them, so now I take the Natural 4x. I've tried many that are suppose to be really good, refrigerated, from the health food store and they did not agree with me. But that's just me. My husband needs the refrigerated ones from the health food store. I think it just depends on your system. I can't go a day without taking mine or I start getting messed up.
  10. Symptoms started as a teen after Mono. I had another bad virus as a teen and was in bed for 3 weeks again, I'm sure that didn't help. I was left with Chronic fatigue from the Mono on, and on and off symptoms of POTS, but wasn't diagnosed until I was 45 after a miscarriage left me bedridden for months. Now 2 years later I still struggle to function.
  11. Meds after tilt table test. No subtype yet. I'm on the waiting list for Dr. Grubb though.
  12. Weaning off, but keeping my supply close by!
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