Before I was officially diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachyardia (POTS), I just thought these weird symptoms were a part of me.
People would make comments and I would respond with “It’s just who I am”. Thankfully, after I was diagnosed with Lyme, I found a cardiologist who understood that this disease goes hand-in-hand with POTS.
POTS affects everyone differently. Some might have more or less symptoms than others. But there are a few pretty weird symptoms that a lot of us share.
You kind of black-out a little every time you go from sitting to standing, making for a little confusion when your vision comes back.
You start to faint if you stand for more than a few minutes without a lot of movement. Showers are the worst!
If it’s kind of cold, you are REALLY cold. So cold, that your hands are like ice and nobody wants you to touch them.
If it’s kind of hot, you are REALLY hot.
Your heart palpatates, but instead of just beating really fast, it beats irregularly, even if you’re feeling zen and not particularly anxious.
You feel tired, pretty much always, regardless of rest or diet.
You feel dizzy and lightheaded at the most inconvenient times, like work meetings or social functions.