SunshineMortician

300d

Hey, I recently got diagnosed with POTS due to my low blood pressure, bouts of fainting, and dizziness. I have been taking the salt tablets which were working for me for the most part, but I had to stop since taking them were making my digestive issues act up.
Do you know any alternatives to salt that doesn’t involve blood pressure medication that I could bring up or ask about with my primary care doctor? I’m seeing her on April 19th and I’d like to be able to cover what I can with her about my conditions if possible.
I already wear compression socks and they help reduce some symptoms in itself, just not enough to help fully.
Also, does anything make other people’s symptoms worse? I know standing too fast or standing for long periods worsens symptoms, but I’m unsure if there’s anything else I should be watching out for.

Hypothyroidism

Chest pain

Symptoms Involving Nervous & Musculoskeletal Systems

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Dizziness

Hyperhidrosis

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  • ChronicWitch

    300d

    For me it’s the heat! And being on my period throws me off.

    • SunshineMortician

      300d

      I’ve noticed I get worse near my period too!! I also strangely get symptoms similar to when I used to have anemia (which has since gone away) RIGHT before I get mine, despite not having bled yet? I get so cold but if I try to fix it I begin overheating really badly which makes me feel nauseous. It’s this really bad cold sweat situation that just overall sucks ngl. I also get worse joint pain all over my body near/during my period and in the heat, too. I have no idea why.

  • RainyDayFiddlehead

    300d

    Have you tried an abdominal binder? That was recommended to me and helps somewhat if my symptoms aren't too bad

    • SunshineMortician

      300d

      Like the ones that compress your chest and cause flatness or is there a different type of binder I don’t know about? I have a binder for gender euphoria reasons but it’s hard to wear for long periods of time even if it fits me since it causes shoulder, neck, shoulder blade, chest and rib pain. It’s not a sizing issue and I think it may have to do with the fact my lung collapsed when I was 2, which it did reinflate but I never really have had the best of luck with breathing.

      • RainyDayFiddlehead

        299d

        no, it's a wrap that only goes around your belly area. It's commonly used postpartum or after surgery I think. It's not uncomfortably tight in my opinion and you can find them at drugstores

  • coolhippieaunt

    299d

    yessss you described that feeling of super cold & super hot so well. i get that too!! and the joint pain! and all on my period. i have POTS but i also have hypothyroidism, endometriosis & celiac. and they’re running tests on me for lupus. these sets of illnesses are so hard to pin down & get good answers about.

  • April1

    298d

    😥

  • AstraPenn

    294d

    Try to see if capsules are covered because those are way better than tablets. I just started eating pickles and olives because they’re the easiest way to get salt. Also make sure your electrolytes are up because your body will not retain salt if you do not have electrolytes. That goes both ways if you don’t have enough salt your body will not retain water

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