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options…

options…

I have been on a beta blocker since I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in 2011. Initially, I was prescribed 25mg of atenolol once per day. Beta blockers work by blocking norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors on nerves, which reduces heart rate and blood pressure. Thus, beta blockers are primarily prescribed for people with high blood pressure. For those of us with normal BP, beta blockers can result in hypotension. For the first few…

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wedding jitters…

wedding jitters…

Wedding planning is stressful. I realize that may be the understatement of the year, and I’m probably preaching to the choir of former stressed out brides and grooms.  My wedding to-do list seems to be slightly growing daily, while my health has been slightly declining daily. In mid-January I attended my (former) stepsister’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony at a place called The Secret Garden, which is just as charming as the name implies. The bride looked gorgeous, the food…

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and so it begins…

and so it begins…

As you may remember, I recently had an appointment with my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) doctor regarding changes in medication.  In my last post I talked about the new medication I’m on, cromolyn.  I’ll provide a cromolyn update in a week or two – I want to give it a little more time before I make any official comments – but so far it isn’t proving to be the miracle drug I was hoping for. At that appointment, one…

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POTS, you rock my world…

POTS, you rock my world…

I’m like one of those cows. You know the cows that can anticipate when earthquakes are coming and they start behaving erratically when they sense an earthquake. I’m like one of those cows. At least that’s the only thing that explains all of the mooing lately. We had an earthquake last week. It was a 5.0 and was centered over 100 miles away from where I am.  Living on the west coast, earthquakes aren’t exactly a rare occurrence.  Standard earthquake…

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in the news: POTS and autoimmunity…

in the news: POTS and autoimmunity…

There has been a lot of interesting news about POTS recently. I want to share one study in particular with you that I think you will find interesting. Since it was first categorized, specialists have speculated about the origins of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).  Early studies such as this one suggested that, due to the presence of ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibodies in some POTS patients, POTS may be autoimmune in origin.  Additionally, in some patients POTS is triggered by…

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miserable day…

miserable day…

As you may remember from my last post, I have had some problems with allergy-like symptoms lately. In preparation for my appointment with the new doctor, I stopped a few medications on Monday night, including the daily antihistamine I have been taking. The first two nights were bearable, but the lack of antihistamine finally took its toll last night. In this case, third night wasn’t the charm. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling awful – sneezy,…

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