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POTS 

And no we aren't gonna talk about pots and pans, as interesting as that would be I'm here to talk about the health condition POTS. 

At the ripe age of 14, I was diagnosed with a condition called "POTS" (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Now as much as my sister would love to make pots and pans pun out of that, I'll stop here and state, no this doesn't mean I love pots nor pans. 

- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome - 

definition: you stand up and fall down. 

I'm just kidding.... well not really but there's more to it than that. 

"Symptoms related to the reduced blood volume that occurs when standing up.

This syndrome is usually triggered when a person stands up after lying down. It most commonly affects women between the ages of 15 and 50.

Symptoms include lightheadedness, fainting, and rapid heartbeat, which are relieved by lying down again.

Adding extra salt to the diet, increasing fluids, and taking medications can help the disorder." - Mayo Clinic 


Basically when I run, stand, walk, or sometimes even sit up my heart goes a million miles an hour because of course that means I'm running a marathon. 


Now from 14 to 17, my condition was constantly getting worse, I went from needing more salt to medication, to more medication, to even more medication, to Er visits, to IV saline, and much more like crutches and a wheelchair. 

around the age of 18, my POTS condition was getting better, I no longer needed my wheelchair, my crutches, or hardly anything else. 


I spent almost 4 years assuming I'd never get better, my doctors told me I could be a part of the 13% they had helped, or that I could just "grow out of it". and to be honest, I didn't "just grow out of it" I still to this day need an Er visit or two, but my POTS condition had gone almost completely dormant. 


- how the heck can that happen - 

"A cure for POTS doesn't exist at this time. Fortunately, teenagers — a group commonly affected by POTS — usually grow out of the disorder by the time they reach their early 20s. In the meantime, POTS symptoms can often be effectively managed with a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes, along with medication." - also Mayo Clinic 


So that's the explanation you get, basically, I was a part of the group of teens that got to sit around wanting to be able to do more, and then you hit your late teen years to your 20s and your fine. 

I'm not saying it didn't absolutely suck to live like that, but ill be honest, I got to learn a lot from everything I went through. 


so that's all I have to say about this lovely topic for now. 

bye!