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Katharina

31d

How does POTS affect your gut?

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    • EllaRoulette

      27d

      I have gastroparesis and slow transit bowel. Not sure if it's POTS related but I know it's EDS related. I think gastroparesis can be caused by POTS. It can also give functional stomach issues like IBS of both types. Functional doesn't mean not real just no obvious cause I believe.

    • EllaRoulette

      27d

      I have gastroparesis and slow transit bowel. Not sure if it's POTS related but I know it's EDS related. I think gastroparesis can be caused by POTS. It can also give functional stomach issues like IBS of both types. Functional doesn't mean not real just no obvious cause I believe.

    • Lethe

      27d

      GI symptoms (i.e., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) are common in POTS patients, but the exact reasoning isn't well understood. However, it's believed that since POTS is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system, sympathetic autonomic denervation can occur and result in neurotransmitter imbalances. (Such as not enough norepinephrine in one place, or too much in another, ultimately causing problems.) Also, many POTS patients have comorbid conditions, which also result in further symptoms.

      • Katharina

        27d

        @Lethe thank you!!

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Eating a large meal can cause blood to flow to the gut, which can worsen POTS symptoms. Additionally, some people with POTS have reported experiencing stomach pain and bloating. Changes in diet, such as eating smaller, more frequent meals and consuming high protein and fiber foods every 3 hours, have been suggested to help manage POTS symptoms.

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