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  1. Exercise has helped me feel better, but it has certainly not cured my POTS and whatever the underlying cause is. After exercising regularly for about 4 months - a similar amount to what you are doing - I adding intervals to my exercise routine. That gave me an additional boost so that I felt better more of the time. Previously, I was following the Levine protocol. I do intervals on a recumbent bike: warm up, then alternate 1 minute high resistance, 1 min low, 10x (total of 20min) then cool down. On the high intensity I go to about 90% of max HR (closer to 100% on the final intervals). I c
  2. Hi cupcakemomma, I had my TTT done at Hamilton General. They did use an IV line, for drawing blood samples at various stages of the test, for injections to test alpha/beta receptor responses, and to give me saline after the test. I was not on medication prior to the TTT. I was asked to fast, no water except for tiny sips if needed, from midnight before the test. The staff were all very kind and helpful and explained each step. I had expected to feel much worse after the test, but I think the IV saline helped a lot. The TTT results suggested some particular kinds of medications for me which
  3. I had my autonomic testing done at the Hamilton clinic and suggest that you keep that appointment. From what you write, I think the Hamilton clinic does a more thorough TTT. It typically lasts 15 minutes, unless you pass out earlier, and it also involves blood work so you don't get the results immediately. Even mild autonomic dysfunction can lead to strong symptoms, so I think it is best to find out for sure whether you have any autonomic dysfunction. Any exercise you can do is also very good. Just start where you can and try to work up slowly from there.
  4. I'm sorry you are having such a tough time. Just consistently doing what you can with exercise or even just with moving and/or doing things, and trying not to overdo it, is what worked for me. Maybe what you can do at PT before you become fatigued is a starting point. When I started, I felt like what I was able to do couldn't possibly make a difference in my fitness. Well, it probably didn't make a difference in my fitness, but it was a starting point for slowly building up more stamina and it did eventually lead to me being able to do things that do affect my fitness. I hope it will be t
  5. I'm happy to hear you are doing well, Potluck. Thanks for posting an update. How much do you think you need to run each week to keep feeling as good as you can? And how many days per week? I'm curious because I think cardio and weights helps me a lot. I'm also slowly increasing my work hours and concerned about cutting back too much on my exercise. I do 45-60 minutes, 6 days per week, of either weights or cardio, plus walk briskly for another 45 minutes every day. I won't be able to maintain that when my work hours increase and I'm wondering how I will feel.
  6. Welcome to DINET, Ashley. Sorry to hear that your symptoms caused the loss if your job and in such a terrible way. It's understandable that you'd have a lot of emotions surrounding that. To address some of your questions: 1. I didn't get dysautonomia until my 50's and I never had dark circles under my eyes, but they started within a month of my symptoms, so I think it is possible these are connected. 2. For me, I had to drink lots of fluids because one of my symptoms was extreme thirst. Compression hose and salt help a bit, but midodrine is what helped me the most. 3. I've found exercise w
  7. I get the feeling of pressure in my ears. I've checked my blood pressure a few times when I have this symptom, and it is low (below 100/60). No idea what causes this feeling.
  8. The MIO Alpha is a HRM watch without a chest strap that gives you continuous reading while on your wrist, works with running, swimming, etc. However, it is new technology, and it is expensive, $200. http://www.alphaheartrate.com
  9. My experience is similar to mkovens, although I don't have hypermobile joints (although I do have joint pain). I went from exercising in bed only to floor exercises to recumbent bike to upright bike and now on treadmill at 4mph with incline. This progression took 4 months for me. I now typically do 30 minutes at moderately to high intensity (about 75% of my MHR, sweating, can talk but with some difficulty) plus another 10-20 minutes on a warm up and cool down. I've started adding intervals to that, where I go to 85-90% of my MHR. I do this cardio 3 or 4 times a week. I also do weight trai
  10. I don't know anything about the DNA repair theory, but when I was at my sickest, with extreme weakness, nausea, diarrhea, trouble breathing, no temperature control, etc., and had self-diagnosed myself but had not yet identified a doctor who could diagnose me, a friend (who is a doctor) told me I should just stay in bed and rest. I rested for a few weeks and gradually improved, although I still had POTS and many symptoms. After I was prescribed a beta blocker and midodrine, I finally was able to work up from exercising for a few minutes to exercising for an hour, over a period of a couple mo
  11. So difficult to pick one. Chest pains are scary. Feeling like I don't know how to breathe is scary. Nausea and vertigo are terrible feelings. However, I choose insomnia because when I am able to get 9hrs of sleep, I typically feel much better and often don't have the chest pains, breathing problems, nausea, although lightheadedness may still come and go. However, I can't get the sleep I need without the aid of drugs which I don't like to take continuously.
  12. My HR went 20 points above my estimated maximum HR within 5 minutes of the TTT. It also went above the maximum on a stress test, even though I am on a (small dose of) beta blocker. So far, I only do cardio on a recumbent or upright bike and I keep it 15 points or more below the estimated maximum, but if I pushed all out, I'm sure I could take it past the maximum. From the responses, it seems many POTS patient's HR goes above the estimated maximum. On the TTT, they also measured my "intrinsic HR" and that was 20 points or more above the estimate as well. Do others know if their intrinsic HR
  13. I had lots of problems after dinner and went over to a schedule where I eat 5 times a day - adding a mid-morning and mid-afternoon meal, and I try to make lunch the largest meal of the day, so that I eat only a small dinner. I also try to eat dinner at least 4 hours before I go to bed. Then I have a hot milk at bedtime. For me, this has helped a lot.
  14. I think building up your muscles could help you on the bike later. Also, if there is some level you can safely do on the bike without passing out, I would do that. I started with things that didn't seem like "cardio" from any definition of cardio I was used to (very low resistance on bike for very short times) but by consistently do them, I am slowly building up. For me, my heart rate gives a pretty good indication of whether I am doing too much, so wearing a heart rate monitor for all exercising works well for me. Don't know if that would help you, as maybe your issue is low blood pressur
  15. What kind of exercise does your physical therapist have you do? When I was bed-bound, I did leg, arm and core exercises in bed, as I was able, using light weights. Then when I was able, I moved these to the floor and added planks and pushups. This worked fairly well on most of my muscles. I tried going on the recumbent bike but within 30 seconds at low resistance my heart rate was over 140 (I'm 58) and I'd feel dizzy and out of breath, so I gave up on that. Now that I am on meds, I am slowly increasing my time and resistance on the bike as well as adding some exercises standing up. While
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