How is POTS Diagnosed?
What are the symptoms of POTS?
- Dizziness or pre-syncope (almost fainting).
- Syncope (fainting).
- Palpitation (awareness of heartbeat).
- Headaches - orthostatic headaches (due to upright posture)/migraine.
- Brain fog (difficulty in thinking).
- Sense of anxiety.
- Visual problems (greying, tunnel or glare).
- Gut problems (nausea, diarrhoea, pain).
- Chest pain.
- Poor sleep.
- Purplish discolouration of skin due to blood pooling in hands and feet.
- Bladder problems.
Triggers that can worsen POTS
- Excess heat.
- After eating - especially refined carbohydrate: sugar, white flour etc.
- Standing up quickly.
- Time of day (especially rising after wakening).
- Menstrual period.
- Deconditioning or prolonged bed rest.
- Alcohol (as it dilates blood vessels).
- Inappropriately excessive exercise.
- Temporarily during illness such as viral infections or after operations.*