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  1. If you're in the US, the problem with getting the supplies might be the overall shortage right now caused by much of the supply being produced in Puerto Rico. My IV hydration clinic and my regular doctor have both had issues getting their regular supplies.
  2. I think autonomic dysfunction exhibits differently in different people. I have had life-altering POTS for the last six years, but only in the last six months have I been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and started experiencing exercise intolerance. I have continued exercising throughout, with a slight reduction in stamina and ability as time wears on, then suddenly a big reduction. Even today, when I often can't perform simple errands or sit with my family at the dinner table, I still sometimes experience a boost from exercising rather than a drain. I guess I would just say as on
  3. Your doctor said forgoing the second test would be OK but not preferable, right? I guess in your case I would not do it, then. I have a flying phobia and while I can make myself do it, my body is in such a state of panic and alarm for a long period that I have to take that into consideration when I decide whether or not I'm up to it. I have to recover not only from the effects of flying but from the adrenaline and cortisol overload. I took 8 flights this summer and fall and it never really got any better, so exposure didn't help much. I also did hypnosis which did help some. Kudos to you
  4. I'm doing an elimination diet now. My doctor wants me eating a very clean gluten-free keto/mito (with one serving of grains per day allowed) diet for energy, but he also has me eliminating foods I showed sensitivity to the IGG test. I know some people don't put much stock in the IGG test as a way to determine sensitivities, but so far I am seeing very promising results. I have been declining steadily for six years. This past month, it had gotten so bad that I was often unable to eat dinner at the table and was leaving the house only when necessary. Because of my lack of technological skills
  5. I'm a similar place and interestingly, I just started Mestinon this spring. I wonder if that has something to do with it. I haven't been having restful sleep and I've had a lot more fight or flight /panic symptoms. I was prescribed Clonidine for the adrenaline surges. They used to come only during bad flares, but I started having them daily. I'm seeing a new functional/integrative MD who wants me to back down on how much medication I'm taking. So I've reduced Midodrine and Mestinon by about half. And the adrenaline is happening a LOT less. It's pretty much gone. I am having a bit more ortho
  6. I think you'll need an actual tilt table test to rule it out. Being at 70 degrees for up to an hour is different than standing in a doctor's office for a minute or two. Your heart rate may well have gone up higher during an actual tilt table test. I have a poor man's test done when I go see my POTS doctor, and sometimes I have a 30 BPM differential, and sometimes I don't. I have trouble with stairs too. My HR goes way up. And I exercise as much as I can, and I average 20 flights of stairs in a day because I live in a 4 story house. Especially when it's higher humidity and lower barometri
  7. I tried this recently but didn't love the taste. I prefer grape or orange NormaLyte which also follows the WHO formula. I prepare a half liter of NormaLyte before bed every night and drink it first thing in the morning. And then I drink a couple more as needed throughout the day, plus maybe a Nuun or two, plus my homemade electrolyte mix. And I still am always thirsty!
  8. I've gotten fluids done once a week at my doctor's office during my summer slump the past few years. I get 1.5 liters at a time. When I was pregnant and barely functional, I had fluids done at home every day. A concierge IV place has opened up in my area, so I've been getting them done there this year (my doctor has gotten so many patients that it's hard to get scheduled with him now). I pay out of pocket but it's not too bad ($75 for vitamins and 1.5 liters of saline). I have run this by my doctor but the IV place (calls itself a hydration station) has a PA there and doesn't need a doctor'
  9. Do you have a HR monitor? I use a Polar chest strap when I workout. What I've discovered is that my HR is much higher when I do weights. It will be 160s-170s while I squat, do overhead arm presses, etc. But when I do cardio, it's usually in the 140s. So that might be why this wiped you out more than you were expecting. I have found that over time I've learned to pick up on the cues when I'm overdoing it. I get taken by surprise a lot less now. But it was a lot of trial and error to get here. To get my HR down I hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (with electrolytes) and rest.
  10. A compassionate doctor can make such a difference. So much of figuring this out is trial and error, so you need an open-minded, patient doctor to navigate things. I'm glad you are feeling positive about your new doctors!
  11. Flying is a struggle for me. It was after a flight to Europe that I first had a POTS attack. The next time I flew, it happened again (I would be fine in the air but crash with vomiting, dizziness, etc. a few hours after landing). Then I got pregnant with my second daughter and I'm sick with POTS all the time, so flying just makes it worse. I've done some research on this. The air is thinner. It's the equivalent of being at 6000-8000 feet altitude. Also, the air is very dry, below 20% humidity. So if you are sensitive to these things, flying can exacerbate problems. And finally, if you have
  12. I've been getting fluids weekly at a new hydration clinic for the last couple of months. In the past I would get them through my doctor during my "summer slump," but he has gotten more patients and it's harder to get in with him. The people at the clinic have been great at working with me, and it's so much nicer to pop in whenever I want versus setting up an appointment an dealing with a doctor's office. I also get a Meyer's Cocktail of vitamins along with it.
  13. Walking uphill is hard! What is your HR when walking on flat ground? If the recumbent exercises were not too difficult for you, then I'd personally try to do something that gets your HR up a little more. Of course, it is always helpful to increase your muscle mass and the recumbent exercises may help with that, but you can do your "cardio" separately with walking or something else that suits your abilities and lifestyle. I exercise 5x per week and unless I just walk at an easy clip, my HR is always in the 160s or 170s for at least some of my workout. Check with your doctor of course, b
  14. I know this is a crowd that will understand . . . I feel like I've developed full on anxiety about flying. I've flown all my life and it was never a problem. I got my first POTS symptoms after flying when my first-born was a year old, but I didn't put two and two together. Then with my second pregnancy my POTS got so much worse, and since then flying has been very difficult. I get IV fluids before flying, I wear compression socks, I hydrate like crazy, and I usually take a double dose of Midodrine. Usually I am fine while actually in the air, though I'm often queasy with a fast hear
  15. My problem is different -- a little trouble with incontinence when I sneeze or do plyometric squats with a full bladder. I discovered something called kegel balls that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. I am no longer getting up several times a night to pee and I don't have any issues with exercise or sneezes. It also helps in the bedroom. I've also read up on pelvic floor health and have discovered that squatting is really good for getting all of your muscles lengthened and strong (squatting down like a small child would playing or people in other parts of the world who use squatting
  16. I think this is a lot of trial and error, and of course something to discuss with your doctor. Personally, I have taken Midodrine and lain down or napped afterwards when I was particularly symptomatic. Without the Midodrine, I would have been in full-out episode mode with vomiting, diarrhea, rapid dehydration and possibly needing to go to the ER. So the Midodrine saved me from that, but it wasn't like I was going to zip out and run 5 miles. I was still fatigued and needing rest. I just try to prop my head up as much as possible. I monitor my BP with a home monitor to make sure I'm not sufferin
  17. Hello! I can relate to your story in many ways. I hope you can find some answers. Unfortunately it's so much trial and error, but I'd say that if a doctor wants to do a study or test, why not? Even if all you're doing is eliminating other things, it can help you narrow down what to focus on. Are you still breastfeeding? Can you try some of the more standard POTS drugs now like Florinef (I took it while breastfeeding) and Midodrine? I just called Dr. Hale's hotline at Texas Tech when I wanted to double-check a medication while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  18. Friday - rest Saturday - 3 miles on treadmills Sunday - The Firm "Tortoise" DVD
  19. Nice work, everyone! Monday - rest (but was busy, busy, busy, very worn out Tuesday) Tuesday - The Firm Total Body Toner DVD (forced myself to do slightly less difficult than average workout, did feel better after) Wednesday - 3 miles on treadmill in 42 minutes Thursday - The Firm 3 in 1 Bootcamp Mix #1
  20. Kayjay - my aunt suffered from CFS and my cousin is a GP who runs a foundation that's supporting doctors who study it. On vacation last year I came in from doing the treadmill and explained that often exercise gives me a boost if I can just force myself to do it. My cousin immediately said, "Oh wow, POTS is different than CFS then. With CFS exercise causes extreme fatigue." I just saw a copy of the vaunted Levine protocol for the first time and, well, I already do it. Almost to a T. I do believe that without exercise, I would not be functional at all. But exercising 45 minutes 5-6x a
  21. Friday - rest Saturday - FitPrime From the Ground Up DVD Sunday - walked 1.5 miles in 20 minutes We have been very active this weekend and I think I have been overdoing it. I even got 10,000 steps on my "rest" day. Yesterday we walked 3/4 of a mile to dinner and I became very dizzy, and we almost had to grab dinner and Uber home. I recovered but it still was not an enjoyable date. Today we walked 3/4 mile again for Father's Day brunch. I chose to stay home when my husband and kids went to an outdoor concert in the heat. I did the treadmill but got very dizzy despite taking two Midodrine
  22. One day if you are feeling up to a trip out, you might try a local cycling, triathlete, or running store. Then you can look at the ingredients and maybe buy a few to see which flavors you can stand.
  23. Yesterday - Maximum Body Shaping DVD Today - 3 miles in 41 minutes
  24. ANCY, nice job! Do you have the recumbent bike at home? It's nice to have the flexibility to do it when it suits you. Lily, I think counting grass would be very strenuous. A lot of squatting and kneeling, no? I do try to be consistent because I see such a difference when I work out 3-4 days without a break (so 5 or 6 times per week) versus just sort of winging it and averaging maybe 3 times a week. 3 times a week is not enough to get me over the hump. And yet sometimes it's all we can manage. Since starting this journey 5 years ago, I have always managed to exercise somewhat regularly
  25. Friday - Cardio Overdrive DVD Saturday - rest Sunday - Metaboost DVD plus 10 minutes of abs from another workout Monday - jogged 1 mile and walked 1.4 miles on treadmill, 2.4 total
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