Patient Comments: Pot Syndrome - Treatment


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Comment from: Concerned Mom, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 06

Beta Blockers have been a life saver for my daughter with POT (postural orthostatic tachycardia) syndrome. Staying hydrated is a must. Insomnia seems to be her biggest issue now. Seeing her cardiologist next week to see what he recommends for her insomnia issues. She tires easily which I associate with her lack of sleep.

Comment from: Delayna, 13-18 (Caregiver) Published: October 18

I am a physician and my daughter has POT syndrome. She is treated with low dose Concerta (Ritalin). It helps her blood pressure (a side effect of the Concerta is high blood pressure) and it helps with the brain fog a bit as well.

Comment from: CDMack, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I have passed out more than ten times since this postural orthostatic tachycardia (POT) syndrome started for me at twelve. I find the TED hose work at night, since I feel my legs 'running' when I lie down. I've tried both the Florinef and the beta blockers, but no improvement. Now I take a tall glass of water with Alka-Seltzer in it, it's disgusting but it gives me the sodium I need in the morning.

Comment from: Tennis Lover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I began to have POTS symptoms after going off birth control at menopause. Abdominal pain, dizziness, and constipation were the symptoms. I was losing weight, getting weak and short of breath. After 9 months off them, I started taking birth control again. Chest pressure stopped 2 days later. Gradually I was able to walk and exercise over next weeks. Now I am playing tennis again and swimming twice a week! I am very grateful for those pills!

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

Beta-blockers (specifically metoprolol) are effective. I was diagnosed at 17 and have been on them for the past 5 years. I take them twice a day because the extended release doesn't work for me. It makes me feel about 80% better, I owe my life to them.

Comment from: benjisue, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I was just recently told, by a friend that I should get checked for POT (postural orthostatic tachycardia) syndrome. I have had heart palpitations (hard pounding heart I can feel, which in turn makes me very tired) and shortness of breath for at least 3 years now. I discovered, on my own a while back that lots of salt and lots of water/Gatorade, etc., helps my symptoms a lot! I have not been to my doctor yet to talk with him about it. But when I was 6 year old I had a brain tumor, on the pituitary gland, which they removed.

Comment from: Delayna, 13-18 (Caregiver) Published: October 18

Salt is not really a rational treatment for POTs. If your kidneys work, all the extra salt that you are torturing yourself with will be urinated out pretty quickly.

Comment from: Malane, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 16

Lots of physical therapy and pool therapy, along with a beta blocker helped my daughter with her POT syndrome. Her days went from three hours long to 6 to 8 hours long. However we still have bad days.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

IV fluids seem to help me, but it is a weekly adventure. Heat is very bad bad for whatever reason. I can not keep my body cool. This summer has been very hard.


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