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Everything posted by Amyschi

  1. Hi Lisa. Just wondering if you are using an elevated wedge or bed, or just using pillows to elevate? I have cervical arthritis/stenosis and note I have to be very careful in the positioning of my neck or will have the same symptoms. It actually is quite a trick because I also have severe acid rreflux and, for that reason, also have to be elevated. What I have found is to use a very low-profile pillow (like one inch) so that the neck isn't flexed at all. Do you have underlying neck issues? If unknown, maybe something you want to check , as if you just started to notice the headaches and dizziness along with a stiff neck, the new position may definitely be contributory. I also have chronic dizziness for many years, and as the neck worsened, so did the dizziness and dysautonomia symptoms. Also, I know they say to lie elevated to conserve volume, but interestingly, I have found the opposite to be true; increased need to urinate at night. All I can figure is that it's the more "upright" position. Go figure! Hope you can work it out, and good luck.
  2. Thanks so much. Interesting. So glad you are doing better with this. Can I ask why you are taking the prednisone?
  3. TY for your reply above, MTR. I didn't realize the lip biopsy could be dangerous, but with so many issues going on, I can certainly understand that. So sorry you have had so many obstacles along the way, but I admire your very good attitude and willingness to keep trying different things to improve over the years. I was interested in your comment just above about the move theater seats reclining, as I am confused on this aspect. I really have noticed the nocturia, which I never used to have, when I started sleeping on an incline due to acid reflux. I can't figure this out, as I thought I read they encourage those with dysautonomia to sleep that way to prevent fluid loss and subsequent dehydration in the morning? Interesting what Pistol and you have said about the Paleo diet too - may be worth trying. I hope your infection improves so you can take a shot again with the Lexapro - - I've read that Lexapro is one of the easiest ones to tolerate.
  4. Just wondering if you, or anyone, breathes through their mouth when they feel like this? Odd question, I know. I notice when I am more symptomatic HR wise and generally more weak, that I will be breathing with my mouth open and don't even realize it until it completely dries out, so I am doing it involuntarily. This is only while I am sitting or laying upright though. Maybe it has something to do with blood flow and oxygen levels? I have tested O2 sats during this, though, out of curiosity, and not generally low.
  5. So sorry, Ida. I agree that if you are unable to sit up, it sounds like you do certainly need and deserve some help. I have a husband fortunately, but he is gone 90% of the time, and I have often thought that I wish I had an extra bedroom where I could offer maybe the right person free room and board in exchange for just being around some of the time. In addition to your friend who is coming by and maybe more additional arranged help, as others have said, would that be something that is possible for you, if that is even something you would want to consider? Best wishes to you.
  6. Hi MTR, I just came across your posts to this point, as I just posted a similar question today and happened to see yours. Sorry for all you are going through, but it is amazing, as we could be twins. The only thing different is, instead of sweats, I get severe chills for hours down my arms and legs with an inability to get warm. I just wanted to mention, and all are probably aware of this, that I read you can often have negative antibodies to the Sjrogren's; that the only definitive way to diagnosis it is through a lip biopsy. I suspect you are younger than I (at 60), so it is a little scarier as one gets older, blaming everything on the dysautonomia, and I can relate the fear and wondering whether to go to ER only because you feel so bad. Since we are so similar, I was wondering if you also notice severe weakness with almost an inability to get out of bed when this happens, and also do you have urinary frequency? Oddly, I have just started to notice this symptom. Again, what to blame on the dysauto. I admire you and everyone for trying the different medications. Good luck, and maybe post back if you find the Lexapro helps this crazy circle of symptoms. TY.
  7. Thank you, Kaci, for explaining, and best wishes.
  8. Hi Kaci, Wondering the same, I've read that Gatorade Zero is the best, but I think I was meant to see your post today, as had a very bad night. I see you have hyperPOTS, I believe I have the same, and I am wondering what you mean by "spinal shocks?" Are they like myoclonic jerks? I am glad for the Gatorade tip at night. Can I ask if you (or anyone), especially those with neuropathy, wake up with internal shaking, anxiety, tachycardia both lying in bed and especially upon getting up to use the BR, and severe burning/paresthesias in arms and legs, and severe chills. I get this in "attack,s," not every night, and it will last throughout most of the following day. Was so bad last night that honestly think I must be sick, or there is something else going on. If anyone else has these attacks, would appreciate knowing. TY.
  9. Thanks for this good basic recipe - you are right, so much easier on the stomach, I think, than sure salt tablets, as it's diluted. Hope they bring the Zantac back soon!
  10. Also, can I ask what electrolyte drink you use that you can tolerate with the GI issues? TY.
  11. Thanks - yes, too bad the Zantac was withdrawn if that was controlling things for you. Hopefully they will bring it back or maybe you can switch to another H2? I'm surprised if you never had to use a PPI? I've read that the H2 blockers become ineffective after a few weeks? Maybe you took it just during flares? Appreciate your insight.
  12. Thank you for this insight, Random! I agree. Since I've been in a severe stomach flare, POTS symptoms/weakness are much worse. Even increases palpitations and dizziness, just a continuous cycle. Can I ask how you treat your GERD? TY,.
  13. Thank you so much for this info, Pistol! I appreciate knowing what has worked for you. I think it is related to the dysautonomia too. I was just reading something about "chronic abdominal pain syndrome," which they are calling a functional GI problem due to brain hypersensitivy, something akin to fibromyalgia. Interesting. Also similar to "functional dyspepsia." It probably all goes back to the nervous system. So glad you are doing better on your regimen. I am going to need to get on this, I know, even with the side effects. It just is not possible to treat it when it is that severe without intervention. Take care!
  14. So sorry so many have GI issues. Most of you talk of nausea, but I wonder if anyone has extreme burning stomach and GERD symptoms. Sometimes I wonder too if this dyspepsia is related to dysautonomia or just a separate GI condition. I tend to think everything is related maybe too often too, but I was diagnosed with GERD after dysautonomia. IIn any case, if anyone has this, do you have anything that has worked for you? I have tried it all, ginger, chamomile, antacids, and have tried H2 blockers, but they make me even more dizzy and worsen tachycardia (hard to believe, I know, as most people tolerate these just fine), but I have a separate chronic vestibular condition, and any meds seem to worsen the dizziness, so kind of up the creek there, but am getting kind of desperate, as it has worsened to the point where I am having trouble eating, and am very thin. Any suggestions at all appreciated. I know I need to return to my GI doctor. Thank you.
  15. Hi Debbie Rose - I happened to see your recent posting on this older thread, so thought I would ask you - I chuckled when you said you were past the age of hot flashes (me too, I'm 59), so I was curious being that you were recently diagnosed in 2015 with your NCS dysautonomia. My history is one of chronic dizziness since age of 23, but I didn't develop dysautonomia symptoms until my early 50s; therefore, sometimes I wonder if it could be the correct diagnosis, or whether the dizziness was just the first stages of it. So my question, did you first develop the dysautonomia later on or were you younger when you had symptoms and just not diagnosed? Strange that I also have the fibromyalgia - I think these things go together. Thanks for any input, or maybe any "older folk" can chime in. I feel so sorry for younger people who have these conditions in the prime of life.
  16. 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 -
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Thanks, Kaitlyn. Please do keep us updated!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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!.
  23. 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!
  24. 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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