Archive for POTS

Dr. Bell on Orthostatic Intolerance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

In Dr. Bell's third and last blog on orthostatic intolerance in ME/CFS/FM he provides signs that you might have OI, explains the different types found, and provides examples of them. If you're wondering if you can have more than one type of OI, Dr. Bell demonstates that you can. Find out more Read more [...]

When Panic Isn’t: Dr. Bell on Maggie’s ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Story

Maggie was exhausted, her heart was pounding, her palms were sweating. She'd been to doctor after doctor only to be told she had panic disorder but their treatments weren't working. Maggie was definitely agitated but her agitation and other symptoms weren't due to panic disorder - they were caused Read more [...]

Immersed: How I Found a Way (After Decades of Trying) to Help My Allodynia and Nerve Pain

I suspect many you are like me: there is something dramatically wrong with your body and it has been that way for quite a while.  You surf the ups and downs of your symptoms and occasionally wonder, "What does this symptomatic change mean?" If you are like me, you have learned that most medical Read more [...]

Problems Standing? Studies Suggest Autoimmunity Causes Orthostatic Intolerance: Implications For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"In conclusion, these data support the addition of POTS to a growing number of cardiovascular entities with an autoimmune pathophysiology." Authors The Rituximab findings, the female predominance, the increasing evidence of heritability, the inflammatory component, and the common infectious trigger Read more [...]

Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #2: Complexes, Critters, Drugs and the Gut

  The Complex Is ME/CFS/FM bigger than we think?  Does it consist of a complex of  disorders such as ME/CFS/FM/POTS/Autonomic Neuropathy/IBS/ (fill in the blank) that share similar types of onset, symptoms and some lab results. Let's see how that question is shaking out. Check out Pt I of the Read more [...]

High Heart Rates and Low Blood Flows: the Visser Video Series on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Continues

In the fifth web seminar produced by the ME/CFS Association in the Netherlands is by Dr. Visser, a Dutch cardiologist. He takes on Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). POTS refers to an overly rapid increase in the heart rate that occurs upon standing.  POTS, which was first described Read more [...]

Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #1: Autoimmunity / CO2 / Bad Reflexes and Your Next Diagnosis

The 24th International Symposium on the Autonomic Nervous System was chock full of potential insights for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.  We used Dysautonomia International's excellent overview of the relevant studies as a starting point.  (Thanks to Issie for alerting me to the overview.) Is Read more [...]

Dysautonomia 101 From Lauren Stiles For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

 "I don't want anyone to go though what I had to go through." (Athletic and healthy, Lauren Stiles was suddenly felled by a mysterious illness in the middle of ski trip that left her unable to walk. It took years, but Lauren's doctors ultimately found that an autoimmune disease had attacked her Read more [...]