Amyschi

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    Flu shots

    Hi all, Just taking a survey to see whether all of you take the flu shot, whether your doctors recommend it non-equivocally, and how it affects you. Even before I had dysautonomia symptoms, I would react adversely to them, and haven't actually had one since developing the dysautonomia; therefore, am a little hesitant. I know it is silly, as the results of getting a virus on top of our existing problems would be even worse. Thanks for any feedback.
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    Gluten Challenge

    Hello and welcome! I am sorry you are having these problems and seeking a definitive diagnosis. I hear you about the dizziness. With the associated climbs in your heart rate, it does sound like it could be POTS/dysautonomia, but I am just curious as to whether you have the dizziness all the time even without a high heart rate. This is my main problem. I can have times, in fact most of the time, without tachycardia on standing, or a problem with abnormal blood pressure, but am dizzy anytime I am upright or try to do any activity. Wish I could comment on the connection with gluten sensitivity, don't know, but since they don't know what causes POTS and these issues, whether or not it is autoimmune, it certainly is a possibility. Smart to ask for a ferritin level. That usually isn't done along with a standard blood count, so a good idea. Good luck to you in finding answers. As others here on the forum will certainly tell you, if the problems continue, it would be good to see a doctor who is familiar with dysautonomia issues. Take care -
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    Worsening symptoms when older....

    So sorry that all of you are suffering. Sad to know, but "glad" not to be alone in these struggles. Abe, just wanted to mention about the pain in your feet extending upwards. Maybe check with your doctor about doing an EMG/nerve conduction study to rule out neuropathy in addition to your back issues. I have severe muscle pain from what I believe to be fibromyalgia (another common co-morbidity on which they are doing a lot of research on connections to the autonomic nervous system), but I now have stabbing pain and burning in the feet, and when I was tested for dysautonomia, an EMG did show polyneuropathy (possibly from autonomic neuropathy??). If you are diagnosed with POTS/dysautonomia, there may be other issues going on as part of that syndrome?i I am always very curious to hear of others' experiences with dizziness. I started with chronic dizziness after a viral illness at age 23. It was not until around age 53 or so that I developed the dysautonomia/chronic fatigue symptoms. Vtpixie, I can certainly relate. The dizziness and lack of balance is overwhelming and completely limits functioning, even at times I don't have any POTS or dysautonomia symptoms. I have gone in the last five years to being somewhat functional to now not being able to leave the house without a wheelchair due to the amount of dizziness. If I drive even a mile, I will not be able to walk at all when I get out of the car. It's like an over-the-top abnormal motion sensitivity that would not be explained by the usual POTS mechanism. I believe there is much more to these autonomic problems than just the symptoms occurring on standing, which is bad enough! It sounds like from what others have posted here that there is also a strong vestibular component that is either a result of the dysautonomia (altered blood flow perhaps?) or perhaps that an inner ear hypofunction is a co-morbid condition that is common with the dysautonomias. Also, for anyone that also has cervical arthritis and/or stenosis, it seems like there is a definite connection to that, either maybe affecting blood flow to the brain or disrupting signals to the vestibular system and/or stimulating the autonomic system. There is a lot of "controversy" in the literature about all this, but I believe it strongly just from my own experience only. If anyone is interested in the connections, check out videos on YouTube by Dr. Andrew Holman; very interesting on how all these conditions are interconnected. I know all this has been brought up in the forum here at different times. Abe, it is very interesting to me how your symptoms worsened or started after your back injury. I have come across stories of people who have developed severe episodes of tachycardia after a car injury with trauma to the back, when they were perfectly normal before. There is theory that trauma or illness can spark dysautonomia. I would be very interested to know of fellow sufferers who have this constant dizziness, as to whether or not your doctors did vestibular testing along with autonomic testing, and what the results were. I asked my neurologist if he would do ear testing, to which he agreed, but I have not been able to follow through with it yet. Good luck to everyone, either in your search for answers or help in finding relief! Prayers to all of you - no one but a fellow sufferer knows how debilitating trying to live with these conditions is, but also I am so grateful for anything else I don't have on top of it. That is what gets me through each day.
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    Fitbit charge 2 or similar device

    Do you have to use these devices paired with an app from another device, or do they work just upon your wrist for HR? Have seen reports that they are not that accurate and have put off buying one; the problem with the pulse oximeters is that if your finger is freezing cold, they will not register. A wrist monitor would be good in that regard.
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    Chiari & POTS

    Thanks, Kaitlyn. Please do keep us updated!
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    Chiari & POTS

    i Kaitlyn - Thanks for updating us on your appointment. I'm sure you were glad you had the opportunity to confer with Dr. Heffez.. Did he do an upright MRI then? I'm sorry to hear that you do have confirmation on the Chiari, and now have the decision to make, especially since you would be taking the gamble as to whether it will help, as you said . One would think that if you definitely have brainstem compression, it may be a big piece of the puzzle, and it certainly would make you lean toward the surgery if there was a good chance of feeling better. That would be such a miracle for you. Not an easy decision, though, I know. I will certainly be thinking of you as you make a decision and, if you do, please do let us know. Don't know if there is a Chiari and such forum, but maybe you could get some further info there as far as success stories!
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    POTS Symptoms?

    So sorry, Sarah, that it turned to bradycardia. I do hope the reduction in dose will bring it back up. I have noticed bradycardia during the overnight hours and early mornings even without being on any medication, so maybe it was too much for you. A 37 is low, though; mine has only been down to the high 40's during those times. I was curious whether bradycardia is also common with dysautonomia; didn't know it was, Just another part of the dysregulation, I guess. Best of luck, and please do let us know what happens; hope you will not need the implant.
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    POTS Symptoms?

    Hi Sarah, Sorry, I just saw this response. Thank you for the great info. How are you doing with the Ivabradine now? I hope it is still continuing to help!.
  9. Thanks for letting us know, haugr. Glad that MCAD was negative for you at least. That's great that the increase in clonidine has helped; maybe it is an autonomic thing. Hang in there!
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    Chiari & POTS

    Sorry to hear, Kaitlyn, that the collar isn't helping, but good luck finding further insight at your appointment. I admire you sticking with it - I didn't know you had to wear it while sleeping, wow! I have found myself when trying to just wear a soft cervical collar for a short time, to see if it would help, it actually worsened things, so just don't know. I think if one has to wear a collar after an injury, for example, where they don't want the neck to move, maybe it helps, but if you have chronic neck/headache problems, maybe not so much? Also to you Kim in your travels and for finding some further answers. I admire the determination both of you have in going the distance to seek help! Take care.
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    Chiari & POTS

    Thank you, Kaitlyn, for your corroboration. I agree it is certainly a catch-22; you want to stay in bed due to feeling poorly, but then it causes more deconditioning, and then it is even harder to get up and start moving all over again. I'm glad the beta-blocker is at least helping the tachycardia, and also that the Mestinon helps. I totally agree that the dizziness can be separate from the dysautonomia; will be very interested in what, if anything, the collar does for you, and/or what your doctor says concerning the Chiari, if you don't mind updating us! Kim, so sorry you are experiencing this too to such a degree. Your description, unfortunately, of dizziness on turning your head and in different positions, basically just upon movement trying to do any activity, sounds so familiar - I couldn't have explained it better. That becomes the question, again, as to whether the dizziness and/or headache is part of the general dysautonomia/blood flow regulation problems or from Chiari, neck problems, or even inner ear problems. Trying to decipher it all! I would definitely mention it to your doctor, to maybe check if other problems are going on in addition to your PAF. From what I have read, even vestibular problems are common with dysautonomia, so maybe they are just co-morbid conditions; thus, the reason for so much disabling dizziness even when we are not necessarily having dysautonomia symptoms. I know myself, I can be not feeling POTsy, but then go into the bathroom to do something with my head tilted back, and will become extremely faint; in my case I have neck stenosis/arthritis, so believe that to be the primary problem. Thus, since you are having similar trouble when turning your head, hope you can check this out further. One has to wonder about general vestibular problems too when any movement seems to cause dizziness. It seems so many here on the forum are dealing with multiple co-morbidities, which is why it is so hard to figure it all out. Good luck in your search for further answers, and to all out there.
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    Chiari & POTS

    Thank you so much, Kaitlyn, for the further information. Interesting that your Chiari was able to be seen on your "flat MRI." I think sometimes radiologists could just miss it possibly, too, if it is small. I sincerely believe that also, that you could have a small defect, but still be symptomatic from it. Everybody is different,. and doctors may tend to generalize as to what are normal symptom patterns. I always remember my mom's allergy doctor telling her that you can be mildly allergic and have bad symptoms, or be highly allergic and not have many symptoms at all. Doesn't pertain to this, of course, but you get the idea. But with you dealing with other conditions, that is the problem, not knowing what is causing what - it is so confusing, and I'm glad you are checking it out further. Maybe it will give you a further much needed piece to the puzzle. I can just imagine how hard the hard collar is to wear, as even the "soft" ones are hard to use. I would be very interested to know if it ends up helping you. I have the same problem on movement of the neck causing dizziness and faintness, and these are at times that I am not tachycardic, so you have to wonder if it is a totally separate thing. I'm afraid, unfortunately, that we may never know for sure. Can I ask you a question too? (or any other forum members who could chime in!), whether you ever get up at night and immediately after on trying to walk, get very dizzy, weak and tachycardic? I got this last night rather severely, even though I have had it many times before, just not that severe. It is just my feeling, but I think holding the neck in one position while sleeping "sets things off." I just wonder, too, how many other forum members have neck issues and/or Chiari and have noticed dysautonomia "appear" later in life, being that POTS is usually diagnosed much younger. If indeed these conditions can be causative, it would make sense that it can become more pronounced as we get older. I would have made a good polster, huh? Sorry. I'm sure everyone can relate, with the election calls upon us!
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    Infrared Light and Brain Fog

    Green, Wow, thank you for this great information, and you know, I didn't mention that in my original question, but I do have concern about using infrared heat with dysautonomia,, as any kind of heat will sometimes make things worse. But I seem to do better with it as I am lying down while using it, and I think the problem with trying to exercise or take a hot shower is that one is usually upright. But that is a good point for others to consider. I guess one needs to try it to know how they react. I only use it because of severe fibromyalgia pain, trying not to take pain medication due to effects. I'm sorry you are feeling worse from your exercise. I admire you just being able to run three miles, and hope you are feeling better.
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    Chiari & POTS

    Hi Kaitlyn, Glad your doctor is re-evaluating this for you. I wasn't sure what a Vista collar was, so I looked it up. I certainly believe that in my case at least, the problems in the neck are definitely contributing, so would be very interested to know how you make out. I have on my own tried some cheaper foam neck collars just to see if this would help. I have found that holding the neck immobile seemed to make the dizziness worse, but the Vista collar is certainly much better and hopefully may help clarify things for you. I also have cervical stenosis issues, and, for example, yesterday I accidentually "jerked" my back and neck, and today the dizziness is very severe and just more POTsy. Just curious as to when you had your first Chiari testing, was it an upright MRI? I ruled negative for Chiari on MRI, but wonder if a regular lying MRI will show a more mild case? I hope it turns out not to be Chiari for you, as I know the thought of decompression surgery is scary, but sometimes I wonder if it would be worth going through surgery to have relief of all our symptoms. Please do let us know if you feel inclined, and good luck. I know, I have read some on Dr. Heffez - wow, so glad you are able to see him!
  15. Glad to hear, Haurg, that your doctor will be checking it. Please let us know what happens! Take care.
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    Infrared Light and Brain Fog

    Hi Green, This is very interesting. I'm sure it does help. I just wanted to mention also how helpful an infrared heating pad is to me, as I'm sure others can attest to. If you suffer with a lot of body pain, it works wonders. If anyone does have experience with them, can you advise which is a good brand to buy? I know the best of them, such as the Biomat, are so expensive, but would appreciate any feedback. With using them so close to the body, a main consideration is lower EMF exposure, Thanks.
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    POTS and Pulled Muscles

    Interesting, Katybug, that you actually tried that Epsom cream - good to know, but never thought about the grittiness; would make sense! Thanks for letting us know.
  18. Wow, DG, so sorry; that must be so painful and scary for your daughter. I am not that severe, but I get restless leg and aching in the legs, with neuropathy pain in the feet, every night on lying down, so can relate somewhat. Hi Haugr, and welcome to the forum. I have not noticed it in the ears as much, but have had the same thing you describe in the face. Only a couple times I had been not feeling well (dizzy, shaky, tachy) after a period of talking on the phone, and all of a sudden I felt like I was burning up, with facial redness. I had never really had this before, so thought I had developed a high fever, but temperature at that time was actually low. I think also that it has something to do with adrenaline surge, but interesting that DG felt that adrenaline "kicking back in" actually helped her daughter. The fact that your blood pressure goes up with the redness would certainly suggest the POTS as the cause, wouldn't it? From what I've gleamed from the forum, flushing can be a symptom of mast cell activation also, so something to keep in mind and/or mention to your doctor. Best of luck. Being newly diagnosed can be scary, but hang in there and do pop into the forum. As DG said, very special people here!
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    POTS and Pulled Muscles

    Just wanted to mention that I just saw in an advertisement today, a cream called "ProCure Epsom salt rub." It is a pain cream that incorporates the Epsom salts right into it, for those who can't take an Epsom soak. I also use a product called "Fibro Flex," which is a homeopathic spray marketed for fibromyalgia. It helps, but is very short-term; but at least it gets some magnesium into your system, as Katybug was saying.
  20. Hi Renne, Looks like this is your first post - welcome! I'm sorry for your difficulty with the meds - it is so frustrating, I know. You want something to help, but medication sensitivity is such a problem. I found it interesting that your doctor said it could not be POTS because your blood pressure doesn't drop that much. Actually (although I am not a doctor), I believe that is not a criteria for POTS. Some people (myself included) do not have a drop - mine actually goes up at times. Some people of course can have two different conditions, like neurocardiogenic syncope due to low blood pressure, in addition to POTS. I was curious about your stomach problems too. This is one of my main issues. I had stomach problems way before I even developed symptoms of dysautonomia in my 50's. I was diagnosed by scope as having gastroesophageal reflux, but have never actually had heartburn - strange; like you, it is more of a nausea and especially a burning/dyspeptic stomach that will last for days and then improve, only to return. I am so sorry that you deal with this daily, but am glad it is not all day at least. Do you take anything that helps besides medication? I, of course, was put on daily PPI's, but chose not to take it because, due to the drug hypersensitivity, that makes me even more dizzy. Constant dizziness is the main problem for me, even more so than the POTS/dysauto. It really is a no-win situation, huh? Have you tried some natural home remedies? Ginger helps most people. I have found fennel tea to be really good; also, believe it or not, cooked carrots and bananas pureed into a smoothie! Gastroparesis diagnosis is also common to some with dysautonomia - I don't know if this is what we are dealing with, but just wondering how many out there have chronic stomach problems?? Perhaps it is common to dysautonomia in general. I hope you can find a med to help control the symptoms - good luck.
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    What causes night shakes

    Funny that you should mention this. I notice an odd what I call an "internal shaking" both while falling asleep and especially upon awakening. I don't think it is caused by anxiety, due to the times it is occurring. I too have wondered if this is due to dysautonomia. I am sorry for you suffering with seizure disorder as well, complicating the picture. I don't have seizure, but was diagnosed with polyneuropathy and have restless leg syndrome, so it could be related to that; wondering if you have neuropathy issues possibly causing it? I think you are correct in maybe associating it to adrenaline, as sometimes in the early morning hours if I awake with this, it will also be accompanied by an intense panic feeling for no reason. Have you ever taken your pulse during these times? Usually you would think it would be high if it is an "adrenaline rush," but I have just discovered after one of these spells and being curious, that my pulse is lower during the overnight time prior to awakening, like mid-40's to low 50's. So maybe it is a low blood flow issue? I think with dysautonomia too, after you have been lying down all night and sleeping, just the effort to get up and get to the bathroom can be "upsetting." Separate from the shaking too, all during the winter and fall I notice what I call "chills," but they are not really frank chills. It is more a feeling of coldness and paresthesias shooting throughout the arms and legs. I don't think it is strictly weather-related, as the house is not cold at the time, but I suppose it could be since I don't notice this as much during the summer months. Again, maybe a problem with reduced blood flow issues. Curious if anyone else notices that consistently? Certainly not glad that you have this issue, but interesting to know, again, that we are not alone! Good luck.
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    Pupil Dysfunction + AAG Questions

    Hi Missy, Welcome - so sorry you have to be here, but glad you are, as it is very helpful to talk with others who understand what you are going through. So sorry too that you have had to quit working so young, but it is certainly understandable. It is impossible to work when dealing with so many issues. Hope you will be able to see the autonomic specialist soon. I found that sometimes they will tell you later than they can actually get you in. But I an in US - not sure where you are. In other countries with less specialists, indeed it may take longer. I don't have an answer about the pupillary dysfunction, but I think I've read that pupillary accommodation problems are common with dysautonomias in general, but hopefully once you are seen, they can put all the pieces together and be able to alleviate some of your symptoms. Hang in there.
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    New Potsie to the forum

    Hi Lucy, Welcome, and please do keep in touch. I recently joined, and the folks here are so helpful. It helps just to be able to "talk" to others who understand!
  24. Hi Roxy, So sorry you have so many issues to deal with; best wishes to you, and for finding the needed help. I'm sorry that I don't have any experience with that, to be able to offer any suggestions. However, just wanted to mention to anyone out there (this is probably not your situation), but you cannot apply for work-related SSI if you have not worked for the last five out of 10 years. Even though I was ill, I had on my own taken a few years off to care for my elderly parents, and by the time I could go back to work, was feeling too poorly, but it was too late to even apply for Disability. So to anyone out there, please watch your dates carefully if you need to, unfortunately, leave the workforce .
  25. Thanks for the response, Katybug. I'm so glad that you don't have it; one less thing to worry about!! I'm sorry about the migraines, though. Oddly, I don't get migraines, but do get severe tension headaches coming from problems with stenosis in the neck. I know migraines are even worse, and feel for all who have them. Wow Lewis, I've never noticed the increase on breathing in, but I'm sure it's possible. I do notice it increase on swallowing or any movement; not necessarily always tachycardia, but more just a pounding of the heart. I think it has to do with the release of adrenaline maybe, in response to just a super-sensitive response on the part of the autonomic nervous system in all of us, but just my guess. I notice you see a cardiologist; I wonder if he/she could confirm that? Interesting that you can take the beta-blocker as needed; I have wondered about that and would prefer not to take it all the time due to side effects. When did he/she advise taking it - at the onset of your tachycardia or before exercise? Good luck with it.