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  1. Yes, that is presyncope, and describes me to a t. I just wanted to check whether someone with a confirmed CSF leak had it. I think presyncope is probably difficult for people to articulate, if they do not know the medical term & have not actually fainted, they don't necessarily identify that the way they are feeling is how someone feels right before they faint. This is probably why so many people with dysautonomia complain of or are labelled with "fatigue" - yes, they need to lie down, but it is due to cerebral hypoperfusion/presyncope not tiredness. Has that improved since your surg
  2. I am not sure what range your lab is using but in the UK normal range starts at 3.5, so it is low but not dangerously so. Have you got a plan for supplementation & further investigations? B xxx
  3. Thanks for popping back Megan, I am really hopeful that a treatable cause will be found for you! Please do keep us updated! B xxx
  4. Yes that can happen commonly with automatic BP cuffs if either the BP or HR are abnormal or rapidly changing. B xxx
  5. That's a shame, I hope he is still looking! The triptans are probably not for me, as they cause cerebral vasoconstriction plus my headaches are not migrainous, however I am considering naproxen which is another NSAID like diclofenac (I had to look up what cambia was). Good luck with the rowing machine! I would really like to try one too without the massive cost of hiring one - 4 weeks at £65 pw is the minimum hire I think - and then find that I just can't use it at all. There is a gym near me which has the concept 2, but I know they have to call an ambulance if someone passes o
  6. Thanks that is really good to know! What type of rowing machine do you have? I know the concept 2 is used by Dr Levine's lab. There is a company near me that hires them for home use. B xxx
  7. I had never thought of that, I doubt I would be able to access that but it is a good idea & I will certainly ask when I see the neuroradiologist who specializes in disorders of intracranial pressure & flow next week. Can I ask, with a confirmed CSF leak I know you had terrible orthostatic headaches like me, but did you also have the fainting/precyncope/cerebral hypoperfusion? B xxx
  8. Sorry for taking the thread off topic but WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT THE HEADACHES???? I have also thought about trying a rowing machine, as it is favoured by Dr Levine with rowers having the biggest strongest hearts etc.. BUT I understand rowing is or can be associated with a mini valsalva at some point in the stroke, & with that being what precipitated my illness I am hesitant. I have never actually used a rowing machine even when I was healthy - do you find yourself performing a valsalva at all whilst rowing, or that it increases lightheadedness at all? At the moment I just do r
  9. Florinef, other steroids, insulin, furosemide, beta agonists for asthma etc) supplements eg licorice root, & conditions such as excess secretion of cortisol, aldosterone or insulin, or any bowel problem causing diarrhoea for example, can cause low potassium, from my knowledge. If you are deficient and/or supplementing it is important to have regular blood tests and medical follow up. Best wishes, B xxx
  10. Thanks! It is interesting your MRIs showed nothing. I was so convinced I had found the answer to my problems when I learned about the connection between CSF leaks and POTS, especially since I was completely healthy until a forceful Valsalva. Can I ask if you ever had your intracranial pressure measured either with LP or intracranial bolt, and if so was it low? B xxx
  11. I am not sure if it increases urinary excretion, but excess catecholamines certainly drive free potassium into cells, lowering blood concentration. When I was working in hospitals, salbutamol which is a beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonist, was routinely used as a treatment to lower blood potassium in patients whose blood potassium was dangerously high. B xxx
  12. Yes your pulse pressure is low, & pulse higher than it should be for quiet standing (compared to a healthy person). This picture is consistent with hypovolaemia & low stroke volume. Florinef is one option if you are a responder & can tolerate it. I would ask your doctor before taking a beta blocker as they may make your heart rate number look better, but would likely worsen your symptoms, which is more important. Are you on any treatment at the moment? B xxx
  13. I am so pleased your surgery was a success & hope you continue to improve! Don't be discouraged by your heart rate changes, for one this can be induced in healthy volunteers following bedrest studies, & secondly HR changes are a poor marker of POTS severity & often do not correlate well with symptoms. If you can sit up comfortably, that is a win! B xxx
  14. Just wanted to add to this that urine volume and colour are not necessarily good indicators of hydration in POTS patients due to deficient fluid retaining hormones, ie the principle that if your urine is pale you are adequately hydrated cannot automatically be applied to us. The urine volume/colour method of assessing hydration only holds true in patients who are able to adequately conserve fluid at the renal level. B xxx
  15. Yes, it is difficult to get in the UK as well. It has a bad rap because of abuse by a small minority of patients & recreational users, which is a great pity. I had a good cardiologist request my GP to prescribe it after I was ending up in A&E with dangerously high BPs & tachy. You may need to see a psychiatrist to get a regular prescription. I know and you know, and they will also know, that you are not mental, but they are very familiar with prescribing meds that act on the autonomic nervous system, often more so than neurologists/cardiologists. If that's what you need to do
  16. I am a doctor although no longer able to work due to POTS. I had not heard of POTS until I got it, and at the time I remember my mind going to the worst possible case scenario of what can cause a person to be unable to stand without fainting. For a while back then I had myself terrified I had MSA. I was 34 at onset so it would have been very unlikely! To make matters worse I tried a few SSRI antidepressants (as I had read they helped with OI, not because I believed I had anxiety or depression), and they made me jerk whilst asleep. Well, then I read about RBD, and you can imagine... I now
  17. Mine does, but infection raises the HR in healthy people as well. B xxx
  18. Thanks both of you! I was on a low estrogen pill (Mercilon) when I developed POTS, then went up to a standard strength to see if it would help with fluid retention but no, then the ring. It is difficult to tell if there really is a difference between brands. I always took them continuously so as not to have a period. This time, although ideally higher dose would be better from a fluid retaining point of view, I am also concerned about the clot risk due to being over 35 and immobile. I think I will start with a lower one for that reason, probably a European one I have found with 20mc
  19. I know the coxibs have fallen out of favour now, at least in the UK, but I wonder if part of the benefit of this was also a bit of fluid retention due to its renal effects, hence increasing blood flow upstairs? I take ibuprofen also for this reason, but I know long term it suppresses renin which is a bit of a catch 22. I wish I could find a painkiller that didn't worsen my presyncope. Anything that results in me needing to lie flat defeats the object as just lying down would take the pain away itself. B xxx
  20. I think I would also increase the time before the resistance. I think the total amount of time spent moving in some way is more important than intensity. Small amounts frequently is more beneficial for circulation & preventing blood clots etc. I am thinking of breaking up my recumbent cycling into several shorter sessions per day for this reason. B xxx
  21. Hi dannyg, Thanks for coming back to update. I am sorry you are still struggling with POTS. I'm glad it wasn't cancer. (I know we'd all take that over not being able to stand or walk, but dealing with both is just TOO MUCH!) I hope you can begin healing now. Given there was something obvious, a mass or chronic infection plus weight loss that seemed to trigger your POTS, and that has now been removed, I still think there is some hope for you to improve as you become stronger. B xxx
  22. I hate the fact that POTS took away my appetite & the ability to shop & cook, my diet really went downhill compared to when I was healthy. What I can say is I really love my Nutribullet, it is a quick and easy way to get in a bunch of fruit, veggies & some forms of protein, without actually eating them. B xxx
  23. Yes, I am still looking for my cause 5 years on and will never give up. A condition is only idiopathic when all known causes have been ruled out. B xxx
  24. I think natriuretic peptides and urodilatin need to be studied in the context of chronic hypovolaemia. Natriuretic peptides oppose aldosterone and urodilatin increases flow to the kidneys. There is a lot of research in this area in terms of heart disease and hypertension, where natriuresis is seen as beneficial, but I think we have excessive levels of these. I watched a presentation by someone who treats paediatric POTS, forget the name now but he talked about urodilatin being elevated, hence high renal blood flow and eGFR rates >90, which mine is. B xxx
  25. I take a small dose of diazepam. It is definitely physical, not psychological. B xxx
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