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  1. The "D" in front of the "NP" means she has her doctorate in nursing, and the "C" after "FNP" means she is a *certified* family nurse practitioner. The "C" is the same credential as in "CNP" - certified. I've never been through this process but, honestly, I can't imagine that either an NP or an CNP would not be considered a qualified medical professional, as they are permitted to not only diagnose conditions, but also to write prescriptions, including for controlled substances. I also can't imagine that you would be the first person to have asked your practitioner to fill out such a form, and
  2. @Derek1987 Is she an NP or a CNP? It may make a difference. I found this on line . . . NP (Nurse Practitioner)An NP is an RN who has completed either a master’s or doctoral degree program, plus clinical training. NPs provide a full range of primary, acute, and specialty care services with an emphasis on the health and wellbeing of the whole person. NPs can practice autonomously in many states, but some still require the oversight of a physician.CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner)A CNP is an RN who has additional education and training in a specialty area, such as family practice or p
  3. I have had similar occurrences; they have calmed down (knock wood, hard and loud!!) since being diagnosed with POTS and prescribed the beta blocker. One instance that I recall in particular is when we had a thunder storm that led to hail falling. The sound of the hail falling on the roof (our house is one story) startled me so much that my heart rate went way up. A few days later, we had more storms coming in and the weather people on TV were saying that more hail was coming with it. So would you believe, I actually got in my car and drove into town and went into one of those convenience-type
  4. Hi, @Knellie, I do "puttering" things that are nonetheless useful. Things I can do slowly if I need to. I like being outdoors but I can't do the heat any more so, when it's not too hot and humid out, I go out with my "stick grabber" - one of those hand-held stick things that has pincers on the end that pick something up when you squeeze the handle - walk about the property and pick up sticks and limbs that have fallen from trees (we live on ten acres, so there's almost always something to pick up). I place them in a small wheelbarrow and wheel them to a pile that my husband will eventuall
  5. @HCD77, If you haven't already planned for this, get someone to go with you, a trusted friend or family member. Because as @KiminOrlando said, a lot *is* going to come at you at once. The friend will be able to pick up on things you may miss and maybe even ask some questions on the spot that you won't think of. The doc may also choose their words a bit more carefully when they see you have an advocate there. And both of you take copious notes. GOOD LUCK!!
  6. @Derek1987 I'm not sure if this is what caused your reaction, but it sounds as if it *may* have contributed - whenever you or anyone else flushes or rinses your ears, use water at room temperature - not hot *or* cold. A few years ago I was having my ears cleaned by a PA and she used cold water and I became very dizzy, like room spinning dizzy while she was doing it. This seemed odd to me because I remember having had it done when I was in my teens and I didn't get the slightest bit dizzy. I later learned that she should have used room temperature water. This was a few years before I was
  7. @HCD77, Smart move to just rest for a day - I have learned to not underestimate the value of simply resting! And don't confuse "resting" with "sleeping" - sometimes all it takes is just relaxing, not doing a lot of activity and, most importantly, let your mind rest and be free of worry (I know, easier said than done). Getting in touch with your limitations can be a challenge because they often vary from day to day! But you do get to know your body after a while and what it's trying to tell you - listen. I hope you are feeling well today!
  8. @HCD77, Are the symptoms you describe typical POTS/dysautonomia symptoms for you? Because prolonged sitting can definitely cause POTS/dys symptoms to flare up. If I sit for too long, say, at the computer or in a doctor's waiting room, or even out at a restaurant sitting at the table, sometimes that brings on tachy, palpitations and/or lightheadedness. So I try to get up and walk around, pump my legs, etc., for a few minutes if I'm sitting longer than 30-40 minutes. Before my symptoms came full-on and I was diagnosed, I used to wonder why I would start feeling light-headed after sitting at
  9. @Hippopotsamus, Mine went away (knock wood!!!) once I started taking the beta blocker (propranolol) I was prescribed. I felt buzzing in my stomack, as if I had swallowed a cellphone that started vibrating, and even in my head. I hope yours goes away soon!!
  10. @HCD77, I've wondered about this myself - the best I could come up with, assuming that one does not have any infections or other causative issues going on, is that the body sometimes gets tired from fighting/working against something *that isn't natural to it*, such as dysautonomia. Also, if you're not getting enough sleep or worrying a lot - both of these, separately as well as together, can truly wear a person down in terms of fatigue. In fact, I can tell you from experience that worry will absolutely lay a person out if they don't get a handle on it. I'm sorry you're dealing with this
  11. @MomtoGiuliana@yogini @Scout@KiminOrlando @p8d@HCD77 @cmep37 @Pistol Hi, All, Thanks again for all of your comments and advice, because absolutely everything has been helpful. The comments have been all over the board, but every one of them makes perfect sense. I did finally hear back from my POTS doc's office (the CNP and not the Doc himself), and she said that she related my concerns to him and he said there should not be any problem in terms of a POTS flare with my getting the flu shot. But, after reading all of the comments, talking to others and listening to my gut feeling, I'
  12. @Ashc, Snowed in at home for a couple of days with my husband and the dogs, a hockey game(s) on TV, and something that smells good simmering on the stove or in the crock pot!
  13. @Pistol, @cmep37, @HCD77, @p8d, Thank you all for your responses, all of which are helpful and very much appreciated!! At this point I am inclined to not have the shot, although I am waiting to hear back from my POTS doc for his thoughts. I will post again once I've heard from him. Thank you again!!
  14. Hi, everyone, I've never had a flu shot before. I do not usually get the flu - the last time I had it was in 1996. But this year I am considering it, due to covid - I do not want to make myself more vulnerable to covid - as well as a potential POTS flare - by getting the flu (my doc told me to expect a flare if I got sick, as with a cold or the flu). However, can just getting the flu shot make me more vulnerable to a POTS flare, and then possibly covid because of the POTS flare, since it will stimulate my immune system as a cold or flu would? What do people here do as far as flu shots go,
  15. Hi, @Sam4877, I am sorry you are dealing with gastroparesis and GI symptoms - it is pretty awful. I had the burping almost from Day One when it became very obvious that something was wrong (palpitations, lightheadedness, etc.) Because I had heard that some people experience indigestion as a heart attack symptom, and burping is part of indigestion, and I was having palpitations and tachycardia . . . you can see where I was going. Then came the full-on gastroparesis. As others on here have said, it's important to get your nutrition. I ate the small jars of baby food cus that way I could get
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