Thursday, January 7, 2010

POTS-itively Fabulous

I decided to start this blog as a resource to my fellow Potsies (not Potheads) who may be unable to stand upright, but who still stand up for looking good and being fabulous. 

According to Wikipedia, the most relevant and medically-correct website out there, POTS is: a condition of dysautonomia,[1] more specifically orthostatic intolerance, in which a change from the supine position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia. This is often, but not always, accompanied by a fall in blood pressure.

My story (in short):

I've probably been dealing with POTS for years. After going to dozens of doctors for dizziness, dehydration, rapid heart rate, heat intolerance and near-fainting, I was ruled out as having anxiety and not drinking enough water. And who knows, maybe having some type of infection. Let's try some antibiotics! I can't tell you how many bottles of unused antibiotics I have in my medicine cabinet. So anyway, I was crazy and thirsty. And klutzy. It took me until a virus knocked me out and caused multiple hospital visits, hundreds of dollars and a ton of doctors to finally start researching what was wrong. I was missing work and not able to get off of my couch. I'm used to being pretty social and active, so the couch was not exactly where I wanted to be. Plus I have a dog who really likes to run, and I couldn't even make it down my stairs. I was worthless. Anyway, I somehow found an amazing person with identical symptoms. After going to a diagnostician and an A+ cardiologist, I finally got the diagnosis: POTS. More on this in another post (I need things to post about), but here I am, still on the couch but with a mission to get better, walk my dog, be with my husband and  do it in style. As much style as possible. 

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