7 Bizarre Ways You Know You Have POTS

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.

  1. 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.

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  2. You start to faint if you stand for more than a few minutes without a lot of movement. Showers are the worst!

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  3. 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.

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  4. If it’s kind of hot, you are REALLY hot.

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  5. Your heart palpatates, but instead of just beating really fast, it beats irregularly, even if you’re feeling zen and not particularly anxious.

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  6. You feel tired, pretty much always, regardless of rest or diet.

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  7. You feel dizzy and lightheaded at the most inconvenient times, like work meetings or social functions.

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Jessica Gladwell

Jessica Gladwell

Jessica Gladwell is one of PW's consultants and patient editors. She has lived with late-stage, chronic Lyme and POTS since circa 2002. She has also served as a caregiver to close family members with late-stage, chronic Lyme. Before diagnosis, she served as a business consultant for a large corporation and PM for a small digital branding agency. Now, she is proactive in the rare and neurological disease community, spreading awareness and advising on matters of health and lifestyle when living with a chronic illness.

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