What Is Helping Me With My Pots *Please Share This To Help Others*I had a pretty active life style, waking up at 5am to go to high school everyday, participating in a fitness club at my school, singing in the school choir etc. I graduated with honors from my high school, and everything was going great. My plan was to start college in fall 2012. Then, in June of 2012, I was at a job interview and all of a sudden, I felt lightheaded and almost passed out. I thought I just needed food and rest, and I'd be fine. But these incidents kept occurring. After countless trips to the Dr., four trips to the ER, someone finally listened and I was admitted into a hospital. I was then diagnosed with POTS.
I was taught that with plenty of water, exercise, and salt tablets, my condition would improve. This was true to a certain extent. My condition was better than it had been, but I could barely sit up in a chair for 2 minutes without feeling dizzy. (Plus I was peeing every 10 min, which wasn't fun). I decided to be more proactive about my condition, since it felt like I wasn't going anywhere. After plenty of research, and much trial and error, I have made remarkable improvement. I am now able to sit up for hours at a time, and I am able to work-out etc. Here's what I'm doing now:
1. Salt tablets- Two 1 gram salt tablets, twice a day. (It's a lot, I know)
2. Drinking plenty of water- About 1 gallon per day. This seems like a lot but since the average person should drink half a gallon, I do double because of all the salt I am taking. It's about 4 liters of water.
3. Exercise- I started off walking for 10-15 min a day. Then I gradually increased my workouts, with jogging and other cardio workout videos I found on the internet. The goal is to get your heart pumping. (It's not like POTS patients have to do a lot for that to happen lol) Make sure you do strength training, it's important for those muscles, especially the ones in your legs, to be strong. I've found that pilates is a great help with this, and a lot of the pilates exercises can be done while lying down. Do not push yourself past your limit, once you feel dizzy, you should stop. At first, you won't be able to do much, but if you persist, you will get stronger and see improvement and heightened confidence in yourself.
4.Circulation and Vein Support- I think this is what made so much of a difference for me in so little time. I've started to take this natural medicine that helps blood circulation. Once I started taking the pills, it took about 2 weeks for me to feel a difference. It's called "Circulation and Vein Support for Healthy Legs", it's primary ingredient is Diosmin and it has natural ingredients like grape seed, pine bark, and butcher's broom. The company Pro Caps Laboratories and I believe you can order them from www.ProCapsLabs.com. It's AMAZING and I strongly recommend it.
5. Healthy diet and vitamins- Currently I'm taking multivitamins, B vitamins (for strong muscles) and vitamin C. Also, make sure you eat your fruits and veggies, and most of all, be balanced in your diet. Never allow your sugar to drop, and always have a small snack with you in case you can't get food right away.
6. Avoid stress as much as possible- Anxiety exacerbates the symptoms. Find things to do that give you joy. If you aren't in a physical state where you can go out and associate with people, have them come to you or keep in contact with friends via phone, email, etc.
6. Be optimistic- If you follow these steps, you should see at least some improvement. I'm not a doctor, I'm speaking from my own personal experience. I wish all of you the best and I hope that soon, for you and me, POTS will be a thing of the past, and we can move forward and enjoy our lives :)