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  1. Hi everyone, I was prescribed a low dose of Prozac for my anxiety/panic. When I am able to feel my increased heart rate, it leads to a panic attack which then causes tachycardia that will not go away. It is extremely uncomfortable to constantly feel my heart racing and have a heavy chest due to stress and worry. Has anyone been on Prozac/fluoxetine for their panic/anxiety? Thanks
  2. Hi everyone! Still learning my way around this forum but I have some questions I would love some feedback on My heart rate seems to be my biggest POT's problem. I have been hospitalized several times for this simply because.... it just won't go down!! When I have episodes, my heart rate will immediately jump from 80/90 bpm (my resting) to 160-180 bpm. This is extremely uncomfortable as I can feel my chest pounding and almost lose my breath and it can last for several hours. I try vagal maneuvers, guzzling down fluids + salt, ice packs, and several other techniques but between the pots & panic at that point it will not slow down. I struggle with this fast tachycardia about every single day of my life and I don't know how much longer I can deal with this feeling. I am just curious if others have terrible almost constant tachycardia and WHAT numbers do you guys look at for your heart rate? 160-180 bpm is frightening but after visits with my electrophysiologist I guess it doesn't seem to be a problem as it is just sinus tach. It is just very concerning because it is so fast and I try to cope with it everyday. I worry so much about damage of my heart. I hope many people can relate!!! Also, Do you guys experience pots episodes when waking up? This seems to be terrible for me. I sleep propped up (most of the time) but even then it still happens. The SECOND I open my eyes from sleeping and slowly work my way to a sitting position my heart rate just increases and increases. Every time I wake up in the morning I am accompanied with tachycardia of around 160/170. It is so frustrating and it can last up to two hours after getting up. It is just so hard to wake up!! Worst feeling ever Thank you guys SO much for your feedback!!
  3. POTS & Meals

    One last thing, Do any of you POTSY's think of stairs as a huge obstacle? I can barely go up one flight of stairs without stopping. Once I get to the top, I struggle to catch my breath and can feel my heart practically jumping out of my chest. It is accompanied with dizziness and shakiness. Stairs are such a weakness for me! Just wondering if there is anyone else feeling what I feel. It can be very difficult Thanks again
  4. POTS & Meals

    Hi everyone! I am a 19 y/o female who was diagnosed with POTS about two years ago. It is all somewhat new to me as I am still learning a lot about this syndrome and my symptoms. My POTS has been somewhat manageable with plenty of fluid intake and increased salt but sometimes I experience rough episodes. My heart rate is my biggest issue with my resting HR at about 110. When I have POTS episodes it can shoot up to 160-180 and can feel quite scary. There are some questions I have for this forum to see if anyone else struggles with the same things because these are my biggest obstacles. Is anyones anxiety a big contributor to POTS? I notice my anxiety has been getting worse which increases my heart rate even more. I get very nervous when I can feel my heart racing that fast. I try to manage it with vagal maneuvers and calming techniques which usually helps but once a POTS episode kicks in my anxiety does as well. They pretty much go hand and hand for me. Also, my biggest question is do any of you find your POTS to be worse after you eat? Soon after I eat a decent size meal, my heart feels like its working SO hard as well as my stomach just feels bloated. I feel this fullness, fast heart rate for a good 1-2 hours after my meal. I know that us POTSY's should eat small meals and I do for the most part but it even happens when I just eat a good portion size dinner. I also should mention that I do drink at least one glass of water with every meal. Just wondering if any of you feel like your heart is working so hard after eating and you have that increased HR. Thank you all so much this forum has been so helpful for me! JLP54