Patient Comments: POT Syndrome - Symptoms

Please describe your symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

Comment from: anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I suddenly developed generalized lethargy and frequent dizzy spells which rapidly went on to sudden consciousness collapses, where I could still hear people but I was totally limp, heart pounding and horribly dizzy and unable to respond. My blood pressure and pulse would increase markedly. This would happen up to 6 times a day and often I would barely recover then I would have another. I would be left weak and exhausted for hours afterwards. Luckily I was put into a private hospital and had many tests, ultimately my physician came to the POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) diagnosis. I have just started on a beta blocker 3 days ago and already improving. I also have to drink 3 liters of water per day and have salt tablets. I have noticed my memory is not as good as before and I am still a bit weak but it is early days and I am hopeful of a full recovery.

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Comment from: Pat H., (Patient) Published: October 02

I think I have POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). I have had this fainting disorder ever since I was about 18, after I gave birth. When I'm sitting and I get up and after standing for 15 minutes I get very hot and sweaty, then I have a rapid heartbeat, my ears ring, and then everything spins. I then pass out if I don't lie down first. It has happened a few times a year, but it happens quite frequently now. It's very frustrating. The doctors say that I have poor circulation. After seeing POTS, it is exactly what happens to me.

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Comment from: Joi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I believe I may have POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) as so many of the symptoms fit. I have had headaches and neck pain for 40 years, and in stress situations or periods of standing for too long I get lightheaded, begin to experience copious sweating and if I cannot sit or lie down, I may pass out. Paramedics have been called and I was told I had extremely low blood pressure on each of these occasions and was experiencing tachycardia. I have been told several times this was vasovagal syncope. I have had memory problems on and off as well. These incidents have been quite far apart till recently. Now I am 64 and have a bad back that spasms and if I am on my feet for long, the same thing happens. I am not sure if it is POTS because my heartrate is higher than normal most of the time (95), and does go up when I stand but not 20 to 30 points. But the profuse sweating, and lightheadedness happen often now when I have to stand. I am literally drenched after a few minutes and must sit or lie down for 20 minutes or more.

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Comment from: Linda68, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I've had postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) about four years now. At first my symptoms were low blood pressure and dizziness and tachycardia upon standing. I was put on Florinef and midodrine. I now have all those symptoms and several more such as vasovagal episodes, tremors, leg jerks, severe arm, leg, chest and abdominal pain, severe vertigo, ear pain, ringing in my ears, migraines, tingling in fingers and toes. Some days I can't walk and others I need help walking. Fatigue is horrible. All I want to do is sleep. I'd love to know if anyone else has it this bad and what their treatment plan is. Thank you!

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Comment from: Tracy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

My symptoms of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) are rapid heartbeat, fatigue, dizziness, and disorientation. I was recently diagnosed and I feel much better by drinking lots of water and extra salt. I have been pacing myself in my daily routine but do get tired after little activity.

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