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POTS/ Ivabradine study…

POTS/ Ivabradine study…

Hi all, I thought I would share a research study that was sent to me from ResearchMatch.org, the website for the organization that provides information on available research studies. Apparently, a cardiologist at the University of California, San Diego is conducting a study to determine the effects of ivabradine on people with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). If you’re not familiar, ivabradine (brand name: Corlanor) is primarily prescribed to treat heart failure. It also slows heart rate, leading POTS specialists…

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POTS in the news…

POTS in the news…

For those of you that follow the latest research on postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) regularly, this is probably old news. But for those of you that don’t… A recent study out of an Australian university has discovered the genetic suppression responsible for POTS. For a while now, researchers have known that something with the norepinephrine (aka noradrenaline) transporter (NET) gene (SLC6A2, found on chromosome 16) goes wrong in POTS patients. Apparently, a repressor protein called MeCP2 and a non-coding RNA…

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happy POTSiversary to me…

happy POTSiversary to me…

I’m going to tell you a story about the woman in this photo.     This was taken a little over six years ago. She woke up after a restless sleep, like every other night that year. After donning some yoga pants and a sweatshirt, throwing her hair in a messy ponytail, and staring at her makeup-less face in the mirror for a few minutes, she gazed silently out the window while her boyfriend drove her to the hospital. Her thoughts…

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conference videos…

conference videos…

Hi friends! In my previous post about the POTS/MCAD/EDS conference I went to in December, I promised I would let you know as soon as the recordings of the speakers were available. The videos are now up, organized by speaker and topic, at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County website here. Feel free to share that link with others who might be interested. If you watch any of the presentations, I’d be interested in hearing what you think! Come back…

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conference recap…

conference recap…

I was really hoping to get this out to you all before the end of 2016, but I’m 23 hours late. I hope you’ll all forgive me. [P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR!] As you may remember, I attended the Connecting the Dots conference about POTS/MCAD/EDS in December and want to tell you a little about that experience. I believe the videos of the individual speakers at the conference will be made available early this year. I will post here once I…

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(wo)man’s best friend…

(wo)man’s best friend…

One year ago today, my life changed. This handsome fella came into my life: Today is Fletcher’s one year adoption anniversary. I first came across his adorable face when searching a local dog shelter’s website. When I saw his photograph, I immediately fell in love with Fletcher’s golden eyes. We made an appointment to see Fletcher, but were warned by the shelter that he was extremely shy. Shy didn’t even begin to describe him. He was petrified. Fletcher wouldn’t make…

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when good doctors happen to bad people…

when good doctors happen to bad people…

I’d like to think that I’m not actually a bad person, but I’m continuing a theme. After my previous “when bad doctors happen to good people” post – I forgot to mention the doctor who, after talking to me for about 3 minutes told me he couldn’t help me, then proceeded to ask me for free legal advice for the next 15 minutes – I thought I should share some recent positive experiences with doctors so I don’t seem like…

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#ThisIsChronicIllness…

#ThisIsChronicIllness…

Today marks the first day of Dysautonomia Awareness month, and tomorrow is the last day of Invisible Illness Awareness week, so I like to think of today as the “Invisible – Dysautonomia Vortex” where the two cross. The theme for Invisible Illness Awareness Week this year is “This is Chronic Illness” where people are encouraged to share a glimpse into their daily life. If you’d like to participate, more information is available here. I decided that my contribution to this…

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5k walk/run in springfield, oh…

5k walk/run in springfield, oh…

Friends (I call everyone “friend” – if you’re reading this post, we’re friends. Even if it’s not mutual. Deal with it.), if you happen to be in the Springfield, Ohio area, or know someone who is, and do not have plans this Saturday morning, September 24th, please consider joining this 5k walk/run for Standing Up to POTS, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports awareness and research. It’s not too late! You can even show up on the morning of the walk….

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when bad doctors happen to good people…

when bad doctors happen to good people…

I feel like most people with complicated chronic illnesses deserve honorary medical degrees. Every week I spend countless hours reading medical journals and researching different illnesses. The number of doctors I have had to educate on my condition is astounding. I actually left my old PCP because he had never heard of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and didn’t seem to have any interest in learning about it. I see a cardiologist for my POTS, but its important that the…

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