Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by TCP

  1. I read this: 'The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the body's rest and digestion response when the body is relaxed, resting, or feeding. It basically undoes the work of sympathetic division after a stressful situation. The parasympathetic nervous system decreases respiration and heart rate and increases digestion.' I guess it means it is reacting more?

  2. Hi. Sorry you feel that this was all a waste of time, effort and money. I became ill with fatigue issues after Glandular Fever and surgery in 1984. Felt awful for 8 years until I got an diagnosis of ME/CFS. Symptoms waxed and waned over the years and improved when I started to eat more healthily. I got fitter and lost heaps of weight. Then in 2007 I had symptoms of whole body neuropathy, POTS and autonomic dysfunction. Put on Gabapentin and Nortriptyline. Then finally got diagnoses of Ehlers-Danlos and POTS. I didn't have ME it was always EDS and POTS. Many friends with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia are being diagnosed with EDS and/or POTS. 

    PS. The deconditioning thing annoys me greatly as I was pretty fit prior to getting GF and having surgery. Many people I have chatted with online have been super fit and have developed POTS. 

  3. I was diagnosed late in life, five years ago. I saw a really good specialist for a few years and he was really interested in exploring everything about POTS. He left for a post overseas and his replacement was lovely, too, but only stayed about a year. Then another specialist came on the scene and he seemed less tuned into POTS. My breathing was getting worse and so he decided to send me for some tests. The only thing that showed up were things I already knew that I had. I had a follow-up telephone conversation with a nurse and she got back to me later and the doctor wanted to sign me off. The main reason for this is that they can't change my meds as I have tried most of them and I am currently on a low dose of Nebivolol so feel that they can do little more for me. This is all despite my telling her that my symptoms of dizziness, breathlessness and blackouts have worsened. I kind of feel abandoned now. My GPs know very little about POTS and if I need to get re-referred it's going to be a six month wait to see someone. 

    Has anyone else had this happen to them? 

  4. Thank you for your replies and I can identify completely with what you are saying. My neck isn't in great shape but years ago it was my lower back that was the biggest issue. I have a Dowager's hump and C5-C7 issues of stenosis. I have been receiving physio advice over the phone about gently exercising my neck. I have also looked into trying to treat the hump as that is uncomfortable, too. I am wearing a brace for 2 hours per day at present and using 2 balled socks to gently press onto the spiny hump when lying down/high-backed chair, and doing chin tucks at the same time. I am doing this very carefully. The physio said I need to keep moving but not to the point of higher pain levels. The EDS in my case has caused the degeneration in my spine and compression and distortion of the spine is linked to dysautonomia. I am hoping that if the hump subsides then the neck will adjust. I have seen the Dowager's hump flatten down for some people. 

    The bladder urgency and back cracking sound very familiar @Muon as does the pain, discomfort in legs/feet with standing. I also have mast cell issues. I think I need to continue to work on my spine as I don't want it to get worse. I have been eating a low histamine diet for some time and doing gentle exercise, but this is more targeted. I hadn't realised how long I have had a tortoise neck (bony neck hump and forward projecting head) until I saw photos of me in my early 40s and realised that was already happening. I hope your back improves for you. You are still young so there is a lot more hope. 

     @nomdeguerre Having EDS seems to be the link for me and many people with EDS have spine and neck issues and also POTS and Dysautonomia. The whole pain thing is enough but having POTS related symptoms make it hard to bear. I'll let you both know how my regime goes. 

  5. Hi. Sorry to hear about your breathing. Mine got worse over this past year and the cardiologist sent me for an echocardiogram, xray, blood tests and spirometry test. All came back OK, I think, as I haven't seen the cardio yet to discuss the results. 

    I started off with Epstein Barr Virus, which gave me Glandular Fever back in 1984. I never felt well after that as I had surgery around the same time and that didn't help. Eight years later the label ME/CFS was attached. Fast-forward to 2007 then POTS and neuropathy came on suddenly. Since then I have had the diagnoses of POTS, Ehlers-Danlos type 3, Fibromyalgia, Mast Cell issues, the a pituitary tumour left me with Secondary Adrenal and Thyroid Deficiency. I've just been diagnosed with Diabetes and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver.  I don't say I have ME/CFS or Fibro anymore as I think EDS and POTS were the underlying conditions that gave me pain and fatigue. 

    Sometimes it's hard to differentiate between the different conditions, that is hard. I wish you well and I hope that you get some help. 

  6. I am one of the oldies that checks into this forum. I have EDS 3, POTS, MCAD, scoliosis, cervical stenosis, neuropathy, secondary adrenal and thyroid deficiencies, IBS, gastroparesis and lots of other issues. I have increasing pain in and around my dowager's hump on my upper back. I am deteriorating fast, with worsening nausea and weakness (especially in my arms and hands), POTS worse/autonmic dysfunction, and my gut (bowel) is being affected, too. I am hoping to see my GP tomorrow to get re-referred to the rheumatologist. Has anyone else had similar issues? Thanks in advance

  7. She sounds like a complete a*******! I would have been livid with her dismissive attitude and tone. She doesn't know what to do to help so is fobbing you off. She's not helpful or the right person to have around you as she clearly is on another planet! I would put in a complaint if possible, but if not you are well shot of her. 

  • Create New...