The First Time I Got Pots
The first time I had a bad episode of POTS I was around 22 years old (that was 25 yrs ago...gosh!). The doctor didn't have the foggiest idea what was wrong with me. I kept falling over, I was extremely tired, had chest pain and persistent "brain fog". He gave me vitamin B12 shots weekly, arranged for a nurse's aid to come in and help out at my house and was very compassionate. The days I spent bedridden I decided that I needed to keep my body strong. As often as I could from my bed I would exercise: leg raises, sit ups, use my arms while lying down to lift weights. I couldn't walk to the bathroom, I would crawl on my hands and knees, sometimes it would take me 10 minutes to get there but I would get there.
I also changed my diet from a typical North American one which included lots of carbs and animal fats to an organic one with lots of veggies and fewer carbs. Since no-one knew what was wrong with me I thought perhaps I was being poisoned from pollution and food additives. The doctor offered anti-depressants which I turned down flat. I felt the last thing my body needed was some additional funky chemicals with uncertain side-effects.
After 18 months I was able to ride a bike but I was still symptomatic with a spike in symptoms coinciding with my monthly period. I would ride my bike everywhere and then I joined the local gym and started working out. My work outs got longer and more intense until I was exercising 5 or 6 days a week for 2 hrs. I was sure buff!!!
Six years later my symptoms returned even though I was sill exercising....