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  1. @whoami Oh dear, they are impossibly cute!!! Thank you for sharing those and for the smiles!! Their colors are gorgeous . . . I second @Pistol's question - do they interact with one another in a friendly way? Do you ever take them outdoors? I tried but could not guess which is the most spoiled, as they all look as if they are living the good life!!
  2. @whoami Knock wood, definitely better than before I was diagnosed. I mean, it got to the point that I wasn't functional as far as doing everyday things - I couldn't drive when I was having brain fog, dizziness and/or lightheadedness. Pushing a cart of dog food to my car from the pet store, I became tachycardic and my blood pressure also jumped. I had to go back into the store and sit for a while and it took over an hour for things to settle down. It wasn't even that much stuff, maybe 20-30 lbs. of dog food, if that, that I was pushing in a shopping cart. I still have symptoms, and flares, but I can function closer to normal now than I was able to before I was dx'd. I definitely think the med has helped and I am grateful. Part of the nature of this, at least in my case, is that you get an exaggerated autonomic response, which can include feeling nervous physically even when your brain says you're not. This could be why your nerves are getting so shot. Honestly, if your cardiac tests came back normal, I would take great comfort in that, if you can - I am no cardiologist, but it seems to me that if your heart were going to stop from all of this activity, it would have already done that! Try not to let the worry affect the quality of your life any more than the physical symptoms already have. Do things you enjoy, if you are able, and try to distract yourself from those thoughts. You've got this. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will get in soon to see the neuro who is well-versed in dysautonomia because, as I said earlier, I think this will go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. You mentioned nausea - that can be another symptom of POTS. Before I was diagnosed, there was a stretch where I was nauseous almost every single morning. One of my mottoes at that time was, "Pepto-Bismol - not just for breakfast anymore!"
  3. @whoami Would love to see whatever you care to share - I really like the names you have picked out. We have dogs, a cat, chickens and goats, but have never had a reptile! Unless you count the small black snake 🐍who visited our side porch a couple of weeks ago!!
  4. @whoami, I am so sorry about your Mom, and I hope you find much comfort in happy memories of her. Your questions are very good. I can tell you that in the month leading up to my first intense symptoms, I was under some of the worst stress and worry of my life. Looking back, I had other things going on for a couple of years before that I couldn't explain but just kind of blew off, such as intolerance to heat when heat didn't used to bother me. In my case, it's hard to think that the worry didn't play some part in bringing it on "full on". I don't know much about RSD but I do know that dysautonomia can be familial.
  5. Hi @whoami! I'm sorry you are going through this - it is really awful. The first thing I will tell you is - DON'T PANIC. In my case, this was gastroparesis and I'm sure any anxiety I was feeling wasn't helping. It happened to me two distinct times last year when I was still being worked up by different specialists and not yet officially diagnosed with POTS or on any meds. It turned around on its own both times. Both times, I lost ten lbs. in two weeks. I'm not overweight so it was scary but, honestly, I think it's scary no matter what someone's weight situation is. Anyway, here's what helped me - I drank broth, Pedialyte, Gatorade, Ensure, Carnation Breakfast drinks (in a bottle, kind of like Ensure), milk, and of course water. I had just baby-small portions of actual food - I literally bought jars of baby food and ate what I could so I would at least have some balance in what I ate - meat, veggies, etc. I could only take a couple of bites and I would feel full. I also ate what soup and broth I could. Don't ask me why, but I had a very frequent craving for chicken soup when my symptoms were intense and I wasn't yet diagnosed. If there is *any* kind of food you really like, that is easy for you to eat, now's the time to eat that, even if you can only take a couple of bites. The second time it happened, I went to a GI specialist . . . he said it sounded like gastroparesis and when I told him I was scheduled to be tested for POTS (TTT), he said it could very well be POTS-related, so go do the test, if it's POTS get treated, and if that didn't help or if it turned out to not be POTS, to come back and see him. I remember he told me I should be getting 1700 calories a day and I was, like, I can barely do 500. It hasn't happened (knock wood!!) since I've been diagnosed and placed on a low dose of a beta blocker. Have you been diagnosed with anything yet - are you taking any meds? As I said, try not to panic because that will only make you feel worse and further decrease your appetite. I know that is easier said than done . . . I know how scary it can be when your symptoms are out of control. If at all possible, try to get seen by someone familiar with autonomic dysfunction, even if you have to pay out-of-pocket . . . having someone "on your case" will do wonders for your peace of mind, even if you don't get all the answers at once. And I am sure you will also get much helpful advice from others here. Sending positive thoughts and good vibes your way!!
  6. 160-something that I've seen; I don't remember that last digit. I was home alone, midday; my husband was at work. I had eaten a light lunch shortly before and I started to feel light-headed and then noticed my heart beating faster. I put on the Pulse-Ox thing and watched it quickly go up into the 160s. It reminded me of a speedometer when you hit the gas. I hadn't seen it that high before; I was home alone and that and the light-headedness freaked me out, so I called 9-1-1 and explained what was happening . . . as I was talking, I still had the Pulse-Ox thing on, and it was going lower and lower, back to normal, so I told the operator I thought I was OK now and not to send anyone. He was very nice, telling me to call back if I felt like I needed to. This was a little more than a year ago, when I was still being worked up by various specialists trying to find out what was going on. When I finally got to the neuro a couple of months later (referred by endo), he thought I probably had POTS but referred me for the tilt table test to be sure.
  7. @WinterSown She likes bee butts and she cannot lie!!
  8. @bombsh3ll This is so true - I learned it the hard way many years ago when I had some kind of stomach bug and I was ready to be sick. I tried to hold it back - mistake! - my body had other ideas and I woke up on the floor, the deed having been done. My body knew there was something that needed to take its leave of me, and obviously did not appreciate me being a hindrance!
  9. Hi, @gertie! Sorry you are dealing with these weird sensations . . . what you describe - "an electric shock that radiates down from your hip to your leg" - sounds like the way my husband describes it when he has a particularly nasty sciatica attack. I have had what I *think* might be RLS a few times, but I'm not sure if that's what it is. I would describe it as a "teeming" feeling in my leg (last couple of times I felt it, it was in one leg) . . . as if my leg has all kinds of liveliness teeming inside, and I feel as if I need to move or shake it. And yeh, it is when I first lay down to go to sleep. It has not happened often, knock wood. This probably sounds ridiculous, but the way I have dealt with it is to try to ignore it! I know, right? Easier said than done. But I start to think of other things to distract and keep my mind occupied - not worrisome things to keep me awake, but mundane things that make me sleepy, such as making a grocery list in my head, etc., and before too long I fall asleep. If I feel it again, it will be too soon!! I hope you are able to find relief soon, because what you describe does sound annoying!
  10. Hi, @bombsh3ll and @Conrad_hemsley! Thanks for your comments and words of caution - they are very much appreciated! To all, definitely discuss with your POTS/dysautonomia specialist any new actions you may be considering regarding your treatment/wellness before trying them. I suspect mine is probably tired of my emails; I practically ask him if it's okay if I sneeze before I do 😄 @bombsh3ll, that story is ghastly and enough to make anyone with POTS/dys not want to step foot on a plane! Do you know if this happened any time recently? @Conrad_hemsley , I have actually not only had the door open, but had my husband stand nearby outside, just in case . . . !! Best to you both and I hope you are having a good day!
  11. Hi, @Conrad_hemsley! I hope you are feeling good today! I'm going to offer my two cents about the bed issue, although I think my experience may be very different from a lot of others'. Last year, when my symptoms appeared and I began learning about POTS, I repeatedly encountered the advice about raising the head of my bed (we actually have an electrically adjustable bed). When I tried this, my brain fog and dizziness were worse when I woke up. As I learned more about POTS and that the brain fog/dizziness can result from inadequate blood flow to the brain, I tried laying down when I was dizzy/brain foggy during the day with the *end* (foot) of the bed raised, and that helped me noticeably and didn't seem to worsen any of my many other symptoms. I now always sleep with the *foot* of the bed elevated, and I suspect this helps move blood to my brain via sheer gravity. My guess is that when I slept with the bed/my head elevated, it made it even more difficult than it already was for blood to reach my brain. If there is anyone here who was not helped (or in my case made worse) by sleeping with the head of the bed raised, try raising the foot of your bed instead. For those of you who are helped by sleeping with the head of your bed raised, feel free to disregard this post!
  12. @WinterSown, great vid - thanks for the smiles!! A few days ago, I missed what would have been two awesome photo ops if I had managed to whip out my phone soon enough. The first was - and I am not kidding - a squirrel sitting on top of the head of the St. Francis of Assisi statue we have in our front yard! I saw him from the house through the garage door window - I ran to get my phone which took maybe 10-15 seconds, but he was gone by the time I returned. Later that day, a small black snake was on the brick stoop on the side of our house; I saw him from the door window. Had my phone in my pocket, and no sooner did I twitch my arm to get the phone, than he slithered off!
  13. @Derek1987 I had to look this med up, as I'd never heard of it . . . below is precaution info from a site called "PDR - Prescriber's Digital Reference". I *believe* it's the on-line version to the hard-copy "Physician's Desk Reference", so it's reputable if that's the case. Check out the second paragraph, where it says that the subcutaneous version should be used with caution in patients at risk for syncope. I'm guessing what you were prescribed is not the subcutaneous version, but I'd still be careful and call your doc and ask her why she prescribed it and how she believes it will work. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to question your doctor about this. It's your body and your peace of mind, and any decent doctor should get that. Edited to add: Not sure how you normally communicate with your doc but, if you're on a "patient portal" with your doc's office, a lot of them have a function where you can email your doc from there. @Pistol - I would be interested to know the doc's logic behind the script, and this is a really good thought. CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS Bladder obstruction, GI obstruction, ileus, inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcer disease, peritonitis, surgery, urinary tract obstruction Bethanechol use is contraindicated when the strength or integrity of the gastrointestinal or bladder wall is questionable. Increased muscular activity of the GI tract or bladder may prove harmful, worsening the underlying condition and risking rupture or perforation. Conditions that contraindicate bethanechol use include: GI obstruction (ileus) and bladder obstruction or urinary tract obstruction. Bethanechol is contraindicated in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, peritonitis, marked vagotonia, or who have undergone recent gastrointestinal or bladder surgery. Increased stimulation of gastric acid also contraindicates bethanechol use in peptic ulcer disease. Bradycardia, coronary artery disease, driving or operating machinery, hypertension, hypotension, intramuscular injections, intravenous administration, orthostatic hypotension, syncope Bethanechol use is contraindicated in patients with pronounced bradycardia, pronounced hypotension, or coronary artery disease. Bethanechol can cause orthostatic hypotension, specifically after subcutaneous administration, and should be used with caution in patients at risk for syncope. Bethanechol should never be given by intramuscular injections or intravenous administration. Administration by either of these routes can precipitate cholinergic over-stimulation, causing circulatory collapse, sudden hypotension, abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, shock, or sudden cardiac arrest. A more precipitous drop in blood pressure can be seen in patients with hypertension. Administration by the oral or subcutaneous route can have a mild negative chronotropic effect. Due to potential for orthostatic hypotension, patients may be warned to avoid driving or operating machinery until the effects of bethanechol are known.
  14. @Bwig Hello, I am glad your beta blocker has been helping but sorry to hear about the breathing thing - have you asked your doc about it? In researching beta blockers (thanks to POTS, I know more about them than I ever wanted to . . . ), I have read that shortness of breath can be one of the less-common side effects of them. If that were the case with you, maybe your dr. could have you try a lower dose, if you're not already taking a low dose. Something interesting that happened with me: When my symptoms came on last year, I noticed that, in spite of all the frightening symptoms I was having, whenever I took a conscious, deep breath, it was almost always deep and "satisfying", as you called it (good word!) This was very odd to me because my deep breaths didn't feel that satisfying *before* I had POTS, and I would not have expected them to feel that way now that something was obviously wrong. But what I found out is that when your body goes into "fight or flight" mode, adrenaline, etc., as mine was, your lungs open up to prepare you for the potential "flight". This explained what was happening with me. When I started my beta blocker, my breathing felt pretty much back to what it was before. If you haven't done this already, I recommend consulting with your dr. or even your pharmacist (I've had at least one doctor tell me that pharmacists know more about side effects than they do . . . !) to see if your shortness of breath feeling might be a possible side effect and if a lower dose of your BB might help. It may or may not be what's going on but, if it's not, you can at least rule that out. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon! Edited to add: Don't change anything up without first discussing with your POTS doc/whoever prescribed the BB. Best!!
  15. @Heart4paws Hello! Sorry to hear your symptoms are flaring up, especially after what sounds like successful treatment for quite a few years! I don't take Metoprolol, but a friend has taken it for years due to unexplained tachycardia, and has had good results. Do you have other POTS symptoms besides the cardiac ones? I ask because Metoprolol is what's known as a "selective" beta blocker, meaning it works mainly on your cardiac system, but there are other BBs that are "non-selective" that work on the rest of your autonomic nervous system, such as blood vessels, GI tract, etc. The one I'm taking - Propranolol - is non-selective, but I had such a laundry list of symptoms. If your main symptom is your heart rate, it sounds as if the metoprolol is a good thing to try. If you're having a lot of other ANS symptoms, you may want to see what your dr. thinks about trying a non-selective beta blocker. If you're nervous about trying a new med, you could ask the dr. if you could start on the lowest dose and see what happens. Don't get discouraged if you try something new and don't get the results you hope for, because there are a lot of different meds to try and sometimes it's just a matter of finding the right med or combination of meds. Good luck and I hope your symptoms take their leave of you soon!!
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