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  1. @bombsh3ll I'm on fludrocortisone. It's suppose to help me retain water and salt to increase blood volume. My BP now is 108/62. I feel a lot better. I generally feel worse when it's between 80/40's and 90/50's. It's been chronically low since last year, and that's when all the symptoms started. Thankfully, I rarely see my systolic below 80. I've going to the dysautonomia clinic in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Paula Moore is very nice, and only focusing on the symptoms for supportive treatment.
  2. @bombsh3ll I’m sorry for what you’re going through. I agree with living with anything else besides this. I wish it was a quick and easy fix. My diastolic does that very similarly, but probably not too excessive. (e.g. Sitting BP 94/51 - Standing BP 97/79.) Your heart fills up with blood during diastole. Maybe it’s raising higher to try to get blood flowing to places, more specifically, the heart and brain. I’m not a specialist by all means, but that’s what I think what’s happening. I got exercise pedals this year in March. Exercise overall hasn’t been helping, but I know overall, exercise is good. Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad I’m not alone in all of this, and have people I can talk to.
  3. I've been taking fludrocortisone for 4 months. I got my tachycardia almost fully under control. I only get tachy when I get too hot, or eat a large meal. But, other symptoms still persists. (e.g. constant lightheadedness, low BP, blood pooling.) Even though I'm not tachy when standing, I still feel like "waves" are crashing upon me. It's hard to explain the lightheadedness. It's like standing up too fast and feel lightheaded, but that feeling is always there unless I'm lying down. I'm glad the med is controlling the HR, but I was hoping for other symptoms to have some alleviation. I know I keep talking about the lightheadedness, but it's literally there every single second. It's hard to ignore. Has anyone else experienced this?
  4. Here in Alabama has been hot. I wish the highs were in the low 50's. That'll feel like bliss to me.
  5. @Pistol I'm thinking about doing that as my last option when symptoms become too unbearable. I can do ok with avoiding triggers that make symptoms worse: heat, large meals, hot showers etc.. I find doing calf raises (If I know I'm going to stand still for an amount of time) helps slightly with HR, lightheadedness, and even alleviates chest tightness. By the way, does anyone else have trouble taking your BP while standing? My BP machine spits out error after error, and If it does catch it, the pulse pressure is low. It can detect just fine when sitting/lying down.
  6. I’m on Florinef, and have been for 3 weeks. It hasn’t helped, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I’m not consuming enough sodium. I drink 80-100oz a day, but I find 5000mg of sodium a day a little hard to reach. I’m not on a beta blocker because of low BP. And also a slow heart rate at times. I think staying on Florinef for the time being would be ok. I go back to the doc in October for a follow-up.
  7. For a long time I’ve been having chest tightness when standing still. I wondered if it had to do anything with my BP. It would only go away if I sat down or walked around. So, I decided to stand still for several minutes.
  8. Each time I eat something simple, like a PB&J sandwich, my heart rate goes haywire. 89/58 pulse 56 -Morning - Sitting 103/60 pulse 79 -Morning - Standng 101/68 pulse 93 -Sitting- after eating 105/77 pulse 139 -Standing for 11mins - after eating. (Got free active minutes on my Fitbit by doing nothing.) I still find it funny that I don’t have POTS, but something like this can happen. HR goes back to normal once digested.
  9. I have blood pooling, but no excessive tachycardia. I stood in one spot for 30 minutes as a test yesterday. My HR only got up to 106, but my legs were purple with pink spots. They also felt heavy and itchy.
  10. Is it possible to have blood pooling without POTS? I know someone with blood pooling, but don't have POTS.
  11. I've been to a electrocardiologist and had a TTT. Electrocardiologist diagnosed me with POTS, but found out it's a different form of Dysautonomia. TTT came back normal, but still have symptoms when standing up manually. I've been to Dr. Paula Moore, in AL, Birmingham. She was perplexed. It sounded like POTS but symptoms don't completely match up. She went ahead and treated me as if I had POTS. I do have answers. I know, at least I think, it's Dysautonomia. I created this post because I'm doubtful. It isn't severe, I'm not bedbound, and I don't faint. I don't know what I'm doing. I guess I'm just frustrated.
  12. I got a blood test a few days ago, and told myself, "If it comes back normal, it's a high probability that I have Dysautonomia.". I'm still doubting that I could have it, since it's mild, but still causes discomforting symptoms. What'dya know, they just called and said everything came back great. No nutritional deficiencies, my fasting glucose is normal, thyroid is normal. All is within normal ranges. I also got my heart and adrenal glands checked last year, which came back normal. But, I don't feel "normal". Why am I constantly lightheaded? Why do I switch from scorching hot to freezing cold? Why can't I sweat in 95 degree weather? Why does my BP stay down persistently low? Why does my HR race up to 30-70 beats more upon standing? I, for the life of me, don't want to bend over to pick up a sock, 'cause I know when I bend back up, I'll have pre-syncope and my heart will start freaking out. The only thing these symptoms point to, is Dysautonomia. I look up my symptoms. Yes, I use Dr. Google. "It must be anxiety, causing my lightheadedness. I must be unfit, because I don't sweat. I probably lay down too much, which is causing my low BP.". Yet, those things don't fit. I rarely get anxiety attacks, I can jog 30mins without stopping, I'm up walking around, because I don't want to be called lazy. Sorry for the complaining. Since the blood test came back normal, I guess it's time to salt-load?
  13. I've been to a cardiologist, and anything and everything heart related came back normal, except bradycardia and hypotension. The cardiologist was the one to see the HR increase. But, my BP did drop (120/76 to 90/60.). He did diagnosed me with POTS, but I knew I didn't have it because I don't have a sustained 30+ HR. It shoots up like someone with POTS, but evens out within a minute or so. (e.g. My HR while sitting is 70's, shoots up to 120-130's, but not long after, heads back down to 70-80's and stays there.)
  14. Yes, I am. I have noticed worsening of symptoms during my cycle. Usually it's a increase in lightheadedness and fatigue.
  15. My HR doesn't stay sustained. It just shoots up, and then heads back down. But, I have noticed POTS-like symptoms after exercise. It exaggerates my blood pooling. My HR while sitting after exercise can be 70's-80's, but goes up to 130-140 and stays there. It goes away after cooling down. Maybe I'm a mild case of POTS, just have to stand for a long time for symptoms to occur. Or, just have to have to right "ingredients" for symptoms to become worse.
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