POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) is a serious complication of chronic tick-borne diseases, and often renders patients bedridden for many months. POTS is generally found in more women than men suggesting a hormonal component to the etiology as well. Typical symptoms of POTS include:
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Tremors
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Dizziness
  • Poor ability to concentrate
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Lightheaded
  • Heat intolerant
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold Extremities
  • Low blood volume
  • Drop in blood pressure on standing
  • Elevated plasma norepinephrine
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
These symptoms indicate dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system between the brain and the heart. Somehow and not yet fully understood, the heart and brain get out of synchronization causing the above symptoms. Chronic infection, toxin accumulation, inflamogens, etc…are likely the cause of this constellation of symptoms, and correcting the underlying adrenal issues is important. You can certainly heal from POTS symptoms, however, it may take some time to heal the autonomic nervous system. Please consult with Dr. Marra if you are concerned about this.