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  1. So IV fluids are primarily for increasing BP and blood volume? I'd be curious what IV fluids does when my BP is high? I find drinking water/salt/electrolytes immediately drop my BP when it is extremely high. Last time in ER, I rejected an IV because my BP and HR and sodium were high. Bad decision?
  2. The cardiologist who diagnostic me mentioned ingesting high salt. I tried add salt to every meal but found it too much so I ended merely eating high salt foods like chips, soups, pickles occasionally. No new meds. I've been prescribed an alpha/beta blocker and anti-anxiety pill but don't plan to take any of those until a major flare-up day. In general, I might be a little dehydrated these days. I thought I was getting enough fluids but I did have a morning where I woke up with 168/85 BP after eating salty foods late at night and not drinking enough water. I worry too much water will flush out the sodium so I only drink with food or after exercise or when my mouth feels thirsty. I don't understand my body in general. I have a salty taste on my tongue and sometimes it's because I need salt and sometimes it's because I need water. I guess salt loading is all about ingest salt and water together, right?
  3. I had this happen to me about 6 weeks ago but it was due to some reaction to a new med. My Fitbit detected the 160bpm spikes for a few minutes but I didn't really believe it when I first saw the spikes except I felt tired for hours after waking up and often I was sweating from the neck and face when I awoke.
  4. Do people here use salt loading (excess salt in diet + fluids) to deal with syncope/dizziness/fainting? This week a new issue has emerged for me... when I stand up from lying down I sometimes almost pass out (syncope). I have never experienced this before. Lately my normal day-to-day BP is has low-ish which I considered a great sign that I'm healthier and I seem to have more energy throughout the day too but this issue is disturbing. I stopped salt loading a few weeks back because my BP would rise to an uncomfortable level if I ate too much salt and not enough fluids (I never know the proper balance). I do not restrict salt from my diet though.
  5. My legs started aching about 6 weeks ago just before my POTS-like symptoms appeared. It feels like my veins are hurting and yes they also ache after working out (i.e cycling). Both standing and lying down. The pains temporarily disappeared for a week but flared up this past week... I've been measuring my BP lately and it's been low (95-104 on average) when the pain appears so I feel my sodium is low and thus my blood volume is probably low too. Eating salty things (or just salt) and drinking water seems to help a little. EDIT: Also I'm having a CVI test this Tuesday to examine any vein issues in the legs.
  6. Can catecholamines levels be elevated without that day being an episode/flare-up? Did you only have elevated catecholamines and not elevated levels of the other hormones? I heard of tests where they trigger the symptoms then draw blood to test for the excess of hormones. Did I not catch the hormones on a proper day? I had an episode that Tuesday morning and had my blood drawn that afternoon but the 24hr urine sample was from two days earlier and my second 24 hr urine sample that matched the Tuesday episode didn't seem to get tested. I did not have blood tests for the above hormones for some reason - I thought both urine and blood were tested, but no. I suspect I will redo my catecholamines test because the first did not get processed (lab report says - please redo) but if the other hormone tests are normal that would signify catecholamines should be normal too, right? The chemicals are inter-related? If I don't have dysautonomia... what the heck do I have?
  7. So my tests results came back... it seems my Metanephrine, Normetanephrine, Vanillylmandelic Acid, and HIAA are all normal but Catecholamines test needs to be redone. Not sure if I should bother repeating Catecholamines as the other tests are normal. Can you have pheochromocytoma with normal results for the first four? I thought my doctor also ordered a blood test for Catecholamines but he did not? Or the lab was confused by the handwritten request. I have no idea what they did with the second 24 hr urine sample. I think the request completely confused the lab. My renin levels were normal this time around. I still have HR/BP symptoms but in shorter spurts than weeks prior (I recover in hours versus almost a full day). If I go with a dysautonomia diagnosis... what type of autonomic testing should I ask for? Thinking Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL could do this? I don't have consistent POTS so the TTT would not be helpful. I think I can trigger my symptoms.
  8. No. The first two weeks where I first began experiencing sinus tachycardia were caused by gluten interolance... Any blood pressure or HR spike now is caused by dysautonomia or pheochromocytoma (still waiting for the results) and far less frequent. I used to have HR spikes 3-4 times/day when eating gluten and now they are every two or three days without gluten. My POTS-like symptoms (standing up -> HR spikes) have lessened since my leg vein pain has toned down in intensity. I can tolerate a BP 136/89 without sinus tachycardia... unfortunately there have been days where my BP spirals up to 156/98 or higher.
  9. Yeah dizziness/syncope happens when you have low BP - at least for me. I absolutely need to know my BP... it's the first sign of future tachycardia for me. I was obsessive measuring my glucose for a few weeks and found that exercise pointless. There was no correlation between my glucose and HR spikes. And I'm not diabetic as suspected by doctors. Uber/DoorDash/Instacart have been amazing for me. I have not driven for 7 weeks... a friend jokes I have PTSD from driving. The times I have attempted in the last 3 weeks I had tachycardia. It's mostly Uber and friends picking me up. Pedialyte is okay but sugary and missing out on calcium, magnesium, folate, B12. I find raw spinach, kale, carrots, celery, and broccoli sooth my high BP better than electrolytes. Of course I still drink electrolyte mixes all day
  10. Do you have a way to measure your BP at home? On good days my BP is normal and regulated. On bad days my BP just rises randomly (could be after waking, could be after sitting, etc) and drinking water/electrolytes and resting will drop it back to normal. Also being stressed will raise BP unfortunately. For me it was a vicious cycle... high BP, tachycardia, lower BP via fluids, anxiety, even higher BP, more tachycardia. The diarhea is odd though. Diarrhea alone can flush out all nutrients and cause serious issues like dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that trigger sinus tachychardia. Food sensitivity can cause serious diarrhea.
  11. My ANA and SED were normal (tested after diagnosed with dysautonomia to confirm no other issues) a few weeks after stopping eating gluten. I did not have those tests while suffering. Along with the rest HR drop, I noticed my HR while sitting/standing was constant 108 for a full week but dropped to 88 within 24 hours after stopping eating gluten.
  12. Wow... so your BP rises and nothing you can do immediately to lower it? Do meds temporarily lower your BP but then it rises again? Thankfully for me drinking a ton of water and triggering my kidneys to activate (and urinating) drops my BP within a few minutes.
  13. My legs/feet didn't go purple... they were cold and sweaty. And my calves ached. I now know cold feet is a sign of low salt for me. I'm sure everybody is different. Also when I have low salt my BP drops below 100/65 (and will fall lower if I am dehydrated) so I know I should have something salty like a pickle or chips. When I started bumping up my salt... the calve pain lessened. In fact when my calves ache now it is a sign of electrolyte imbalance. Cramping - low potassium. Veins feel tight... low salt (low blood volume). Officially I don't have POTS according to my cardiologist because my HR spikes upon standing ONLY when I have a high BP. And I have HR spikes when sitting or laying down, but infrequently (i.e once every 4 weeks). I'm having a vein ultrasound in a week or so... CVI I think it is called. The leg pain happened after one day of overexercising my legs . At the time I was eating VERY LITTLE salt(I could feel the veins in my leg constrict)... I went on a veggie diet and no processed foods so my salt intake was minimal.
  14. My gluten intolerance arrived at the same time as my dysautonomia symptoms. According to my gastro and cardiologist... the small intestine - where celiac's and gluten intolerance occurs - sends electrical signals to other parts of the body and when irritated can cause other issues. When I stopped eating gluten I experienced far fewer HR issues. My rest HR (from FitBit) went from 79 to 70 within a day. My body was definitely suffering from inflammation.
  15. Electrolytes means sodium(salt), potassium (bananas, spinach, kale, etc), chloride, calcium (almonds, milk, etc), magnesium (nuts), B12, zinc, etc. Pedialyte has the core electrolytes and lots of sugar. I developed some random insulin resistance so I can't drink it anymore (I used to swear by it) so I've been using these instead nuunlife ultimareplenisher drpricesvitamins
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