What is POTS? What are the causes and cure of POTS?Feb 05, 2022
WHAT IS POTS?
POTS is a kind of dysautonomia or autonomic nervous disorder. This part of the nervous system controls functions that we don't actively control, such as heart rate, blood pressure, perspiration, and temperature. POTS is defined by its particular symptoms and an excessive increase in heart rate upon standing.
POTS is a kind of orthostatic intolerance, defined as the development of symptoms that occur after standing up from a seated or lying posture and are eased by sitting or laying back down. Dizziness, fainting, and an unpleasant, fast rise in a heartbeat are the major symptoms of orthostatic intolerance.
POTS AND COVID 19
More people are reporting symptoms that linger for months after infection with COVID-19. Sometimes called “Long Haulers,” these people experience everything from exhaustion to headaches to shortness of breath and a racing heartbeat.
Some doctors have noticed similarities between these symptoms and a rare condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
No matter what posture the body is in, the heart rate and blood pressure work together to maintain the blood flowing at a solid pace. People with POTS are unable to balance blood vessel squeeze and heart rate regulation. This indicates that the blood pressure cannot be maintained at a constant and stable level.
UNDERLYING CAUSES OF POTS
POTS symptoms may be both unpleasant and scary. POTS patients typically have two or more of the symptoms mentioned below. Not all POTS patients exhibit all of these symptoms.
- High blood pressure/low blood pressure.
- Heart rate swings between high and low; racing heart rate
- Chest ache.
- Dizziness/lightheadedness, particularly after standing up, standing in one place for an extended period of time, or doing long walks.
- Fainting or almost-fainting
- Nausea, abdominal discomfort, and bloating
- Deregulation of temperature (hot or cold).
- Nervous, anxious feeling.
- Forgetfulness and poor concentration (brain fog).
- Blurred vision.
- Headaches and body pains (which may seem flu-like); neck pain
- Insomnia and regular night awakenings from sleep, chest tightness and a rapid heart rate when sleeping, and excessive sweating
- Shakiness/tremors especially with adrenaline surges.
- Foot and hand discoloration
- Exercise intolerance.
- Sweating excessively or not at all.
- Constipation and/or diarrhea
CURE OF POTS
To help treat POTS, medications such as salt pills, fludrocortisone, pyridostigmine, midodrine, and/or a beta-blocker may be prescribed.
You might be told to wear thigh-high medical compression stockings. These stockings help to force blood up from the legs, which helps to alleviate POTS symptoms. To check your blood pressure and pulse, you need to have a blood pressure monitor. Blood pressure monitors are available at most pharmacy shops, online, and at medical supply stores. Check your blood pressure monitor at your doctor's office to ensure that the readings on your machine match the readings on your doctor's equipment.
Although the majority of POTS patients have a healthy heart, you may be considered for admittance to a cardiac rehab program. This exercise template uses the cardiac rehab approach to recondition, improve health, and regulate POTS. Cardiac rehab provides some of the most useful information for treating POTS.
FUNCTIONAL/ NATURAL MEDICINES FOR POTS
Functional medicine offers hope for medical mysteries like POTS. One of the main reasons is that a functional approach takes a holistic look at how all of the body systems interact. In POTS, there are interactions between the nervous system, immune system, and more.
Whereas the conventional approach to treating disease gives a medication to cover up a symptom, a functional approach looks under the hood for the root cause. We begin to balance the body systems from the inside out rather than just taping on a band-aid.
We still know so little about how COVID-19 affects the body in the long run. We do, however, know a lot about the long-term effects of some other infections (like EBV and Lyme disease). It’s in these bizarre and unusual situations that functional medicine has always shined.
Practicing medicine is a continuous process of learning and connecting what we already know with new situations. We are here to support all patients—but especially those who are not getting the results they want and deserve elsewhere. COVID Long-Haulers and POTS
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- WHAT IS POTS
- CAUSES OF POTS
- CURE OF POTS
- Natural medicine for POTS
- POTS and Covid 19