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The Pits of POTS!
Posted on February 02 2015
Okay, so where does this come from? I was a gymnast, an athlete, competitive cheerleader, and varsity cheerleader for 4 years! I flip!...upside down a thousand times!...now I pass-out when I sit up???! Add salt to my diet?? More water??! Seriously?! Is that it?
I controlled the symptoms by diet until Christmas break though I had to drop a class. I ended up testing positive for mono going around school right before break and it took a lot out of me. It might have had something to do with everything going south, so to speak.... New Years Eve I passed out at my grandfathers after going up the stairs and was out about 3 minutes. Three days later I passed out talking to my dad in the bathroom for about 5 minutes. Now I was getting scared to return to school 5 hours from home, scared to drive, scared it would happen in public. On Jan. 9th I passed out 3 times and ended up at Vanderbilt Hospital. There are only 2 know centers for working with POTS patients, one in Dallas, TX and one in Nashville, TN. It was a blessing in disquise because I leave near nashville Now I'm on a heart monitor for a month, and though I have passed out 6 times since I have been released from the hospital, I am working with specialist to find the right medication to treat the symptoms. There is no cure. I've had to take a leave of absence from school, but I am able to take on-line courses and some on campus at a near by college while I seek treatment.