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About littleangel77007

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  1. I'm new on the forum, so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 32, and was just diagnosed with POTS in March. I think I've had it for at least 2-3 years, maybe longer, but I've always had funky health things, so I didn't think much about all the symptoms until I started having heart arrhythmias in February and went to the doctor about it. In all my reading and research, I consider myself very lucky that I got diagnosed so quickly. As I'm sure most of you can relate to, it was nice to have an answer and feel validated, and to find out I'm not crazy or just lazy after all. It's also nice to have a doctor who knows what POTS is, even though I'm not sure she's the best expert on treating it. Right now, she has me on Cymbalta and Toprol XL, as well as a high fluid/high sodium diet and other lifestyle modifications. These have all helped some, but I'm wondering if other treatments, either in combination with or in place of my current treatments, would help more. A little more about me...I'm a critical care RN and work 3 12-hour night shifts a week. I have to work full time, because I have massive student loan debts to pay, and I have to have health insurance (obviously). I've been trying for close to a year to find a new job, since this one is virtually killing me, but nursing jobs outside the hospital are a bit scarce in my area right now. I'm an only child and still live at home with my mom, and we get along well, which is a blessing. She doesn't quite understand the whole "lack of spoons" thing, but she's trying. I also have a bunch of pets which keep me company when I don't feel well, though their upkeep is hard, but my mom helps. We have 1 dog, 4 cats, 1 snake, and 6 tarantulas. I've lost touch with most of my friends because of POTS, since I don't have the energy to do a lot, and they're all busy with their weddings and kids and new houses and such. We just really have nothing in common anymore. And last year, I lost my boyfriend of 13 years because he couldn't deal with me being so exhausted and sick all the time. I pretty much just work and sleep, and have no energy for anything else. Again I'm sure many of you can relate. So that's me in a nutshell. I'm trying really hard to figure out how to cope with this and still have some sort of life. I'm still in a stage of grieving for the life I had envisioned but will never have, and trying to come up with a new plan and a new direction for myself. And I'm constantly trying to learn new things about POTS. I look forward to learning from you all, and giving my support to you whenever I can.
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