At least I now know what's been going on for the past year or two, randomly at first but now daily. Please say a prayer, or lift up positive thoughts for me today. I'm a nervous wreck this morning! 😬 I didn't sleep well at all last night, mainly because of my disability hearing this afternoon, along with yesterday's doctor's appointment (see below). I won't be back online until later, but hope to catch up with everyone soon! Sending hugs, love & prayers that all of you have as good a day as possible! 🙂💕🙏🌸
Chronic veinous hypertension was dx as a result of finding more vein reflux in both calves in the vein center last Monday (ultrasound). I follow up with the cardiologist who will likely change me to thigh-high or waist-high compression stockings (as recommended by the cardio-electrophysiologist, next paragraph).
I was dx with POTS postural orthostatic tacchycardia, after I failed the tilt table test in November. I've been put on med (Pindolol) to level my heart rate. For those who don't know, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) causes heart rate to increase (tacchycardia) which results in dropping blood pressure, which can cause passing out & dizziness ( or feel like blacking out). The cardio-electrophysiologist said many of my already dx conditions can contribute (autoimmune, thyroid, sjogrens, vein reflux & pelvic congestion syndrome, just to name a few). He said POTS is not caused from a heart problem, but rather it's a neurological "nerve" issue from the brain that causes the symptoms, and there are suspicions the vagal nerve may be connected. Vanderbilt University hospital did a long study on it and that's where my doc got his training. He says there's a patient community to chat, and the best info site is at a UK addy. He added POTS is basically symptoms I have to learn to deal with and hopefully through trial & error we will find the right med(s) to reduce the symptoms & risk of passing out or falling. He also stated most neurologists refuse to deal with the neurological aspects involved and that's why cardio-electrophysiologist are primary caregiver for it.
This is the link recommended by my doctor's office for my POTS - Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.
Here is another from the hospital he trained at.