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  1. It is probably one of the most frustrating parts of my job. I am often the first person to do any type of exam on a patient - physical or diagnostic. Doctors really need to trust their gut and still rely on their skills but they just want to send people off to diagnostic imaging instead! Ugh. I do Ultrasound examinations specifically but I work closely with X-ray, CT and Nuclear Medicine. I do not deal much with MRI.
  2. Oh goodness that is bad timing for sure :(. At least you have a contingency plan if things don’t go well. I really hope you get some relief from your flare symptoms soon. I hope it helps to know you aren’t alone and there is a community of people here to chat / vent to :). POTS is an awful disease that has no rhyme or reasoning. Hopefully your little one will be well behaved for you (as well behaved as a 3 year old can be haha). *hugs*
  3. It makes it so much worse when you have to care for others as well as yourself when you are feeling so unwell. Having a child and being a mom is hard enough - let alone having POTS symptoms / flare. Having the fluids and salt will help you from getting worse I hope. If you aren’t able to be upright much just make sure to keep moving your legs / wiggle toes to keep the circulation goes. Just baby steps and little things you can do when you aren’t able to do much. Do you have a close friend or family member that could help you out while your hubby is away?
  4. Hi Aida! I am happy to hear that you can return to work :). I work at 2 hospitals here as an ultrasonographer (ultrasound technologist) and I was off work for about 4 months while I was struggling with (presumed) POTS. I completely understand the feeling desperate. I was feeling like I was a burden and useless while being home and not able to work. I didn’t have a sense of purpose. Our return to work program is really great through occupational health so I very gradually increase the amount of days and hours of work. I started at 4 hour shifts 3 days a week and progressed weekly fro
  5. It sounds like you could be in a flare right now for sure - especially when the usual treatments aren’t helping you out :(. I wonder if having more IV fluids would be more beneficial to you? I’m sorry you are going through this right now. I hope you can take things easy so as to not injure yourself again. *hugs*
  6. I’ve had MANY CT scans in my lifetime (at least 11-12) because I had cancer at age 20. I’ve also had a number of Nuclear Medicine tests and X-rays. I have had 3 CT’s alone since September and I know I will need another CT again soon to check if my blood clots have dissolved in my lungs. That being said, I’m not too concerned about the radiation. I am a cancer survivor and I still do not really worry. Is it more radiation than an X-ray? Yes. Should you be worried? Not necessarily. I work in radiology and we limit radiation exposure to younger patients but we still do a CT if it is m
  7. I’ve just recently been diagnosed with bilateral PE’s (September). I’m on Xarelto to help dissolve them. I’m curious about APS - there is a history of blood clots on my mom’s side of the family (my grandmother died from one) and my mom has fibromyalgia. I may ask the hematology team next time I see them 👍🏻.
  8. I had the Mirena for 5.5 years but now I actually have the newer, smaller IUD. It has less hormones than the Mirena - it is called the Kyleena. I’m loving it so far! Aside from the obvious pain of getting it inserted, it has worked great and my body is used to it now. I have noticed I experience slightly more symptoms now with my cycle because there are fewer hormones. It isn’t enough to make me go back to the Mirena though. I just have a bit more acne, cramps and bloating now with the Kyleena compared to when I used the Mirena. You think being almost 33 that acne would be done. At least
  9. I agree it looks like probable blood pooling.
  10. I am not on birth control pills anymore - I quit them many years ago now before my POTS symptoms started. Now I have blood clots in my lungs so definitely not going back to the pill. I have an IUD implant in my uterus instead - I do not get periods at all anymore (just the odd bit of spotting here and there). Even though I don’t bleed I still feel worse during that time of the month - not sure why that is though. I’ve started experiencing bad cramps too - haven’t had those since this was implanted in the spring. I make sure that I keep up with fluids and consume more salt than usual
  11. Love the science! That is amazing. Totally agree - they are very annoying! Especially when they literally take your breath away 😕
  12. 3,000 PVC’s! Holy cow. I didn’t know that was possible! No wonder they weren’t concerned about mine 😂
  13. I’ve had heart palpitations for years. With my POTS symptoms I started being tested though cardiology. I didn’t realize what kind of palpitations they were - I have PVC’s apparently. I’ve had 2 episodes today already that I was aware of - but my 24 hour monitor showed I had upwards of 20 + PVC’s a day. Cardiology is not concerned about this though. I seem to have them more and more frequently as I age. I feel my heart ‘flip’ in my chest, stop beating, I stop breathing for a second or two and then it starts beating rapidly and then normalizes after that. Aside from the brief breathlessnes
  14. I have not done the Levine protocol but I started doing my own exercises at home to start feeling better. So far it seems to be helping, though it can be very difficult some days. I do squats and lunges (can make me lightheaded), calf raises with weights, bicep curls and other arm / shoulder exercises, crunches / bicycle kicks, leg lifts and of course, the treadmill. I’ve been slowly increasing the amount of weights I lift as well as increasing the difficulty (incline) and speed I walk at. Fingers crossed it continues to have positive results - so far so good. Today I did some vacuuming
  15. Glad to hear you are hydrating to avoid getting dehydrated. Electrolyte drinks can help too. Sometimes simple things like vitamins (especially magnesium) can cause reactions too. Maybe keep a journal of meds, foods, etc to see if a pattern develops? Hopefully your doctor can help to figure this out. Raw veggies or too much veggies and fruits can sometimes aggravate the colon too. I know carbs can aggravate POTS but sometimes they can help to bind you up a bit more too. Dairy for me usually causes gas/diarrhea but it used to cause constipation for me years ago - maybe experiment with food
  16. I had so much constant nausea in the beginning of my illness. At first I was treated for an ulcer. It helped dramatically but I still struggled with nausea and lack of appetite. They gave me anti-nausea medication to help (Zofran). I always have peppermints nearby - especially first thing in the morning when the nausea is worse. I suck on the peppermint until the nausea passes enough for me to get something to eat. Licorice root can help with acid problems that cause nausea too (the deglycyrrhizinated kind wont affect blood pressure). I also have gum everywhere too to chew on - it helps t
  17. It is possible that it could be POTS related (some people can vasoconstrict as opposed to vasodilating in their extremities). I don’t have Raynaud’s ‘officially’ but I have similar symptoms. I did chemotherapy years ago that can damage the vascular system. Over the years I’ve noticed my hands and feet get very cold very quickly and will hurt/loose feeling. I have some numbness in my middle fingers too which is a newer symptoms. If I grab something out of the freezer I essentially loose feeling in my fingers right away as they get so cold! My fingers will feel almost as cold as what I gra
  18. Have you tried using different beta blockers or just the one? Some are cardiac-specific while others are non-specific and have more widespread effects on the body. Maybe other blood pressure medicines could help? It certainly sounds like you have POTS or some other type of dysautonomia. I’ve heard some people have used ibuprofen when they eat to reduce blood pooling in their stomach - I’m not sure if this will help you. I started with intense nausea, lack of appetite and weight loss as well. I lost 20 pounds initially. I treated for a stomach ulcer (probably stress-induced and overuse
  19. I was really scared to get the shot because I’m hypersensitive as well since my POTS symptoms started. I can say now that other than a sore arm, I haven’t had any adverse effects from the shot. Definitely better to be protected than to chance getting the flu - especially since you work in a pharmacy.
  20. Thank you everyone for your feedback 😊 I got my flu shot a few hours ago. My arm is already sore, despite moving it around to keep it from getting stiff 😜. I know tonight I should sleep well - I usually get really tired the same day I’ve had the vaccine. Pleasant side effect 👍🏻. Hopefully this thread will help others if they are unsure about the vaccine in the future.
  21. Thank you for the response - I feel more confident now to get the vaccine 😊
  22. I am so sorry you are going through this Lieze. It is hard enough not being well, let alone dealing with unsupportive family. Do you have any close friends that are understanding and could offer help? You are a champion for doing all that you do! I really hope that your POTS isn’t getting worse and hopefully the holter monitor results can give you piece of mind. Given all that you have been going through, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is anxiety episodes, but I’m glad you are getting it looked into just to be safe. Do you think your kids could start helping? I wish I could offer more help / ad
  23. Thank you for the info - I will ask if it is a live virus or not 👍🏻. I never would have thought to ask. I get the flu shot every year typically. The one year I didn’t get it years ago I ended up getting the flu. I certainly do not want to risk getting sick this year ☹️.
  24. I agree. I am a little afraid of side effects but I’m more afraid to get a full blown flu - I don’t want to imagine what that would be like when not feeling great to begin with
  25. We sound so much alike! I chew gum to help distract from visual problems (dizziness/imbalanced feeling) and to try to distract from my throat problems. I feel better when I focus on just one thing in front of me (like my phone, colouring/writing, and sometimes TV). I got a bit overwhelmed in Walmart before as I was walking and scanning isles up and down - definitely made my symptoms worse. Maybe the lighting made it worse too. When I first started getting sick, I couldn’t even stand a ceiling fan being on with the lights because it made me so dizzy. All I could see was the shadows of the
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