Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

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Bless You

Hey, I wasn't sneezing--but I can understand why you'd think that. It's a lot of weird-sounding words, but here's what they mean in their most simple form: your body is broken. POTS is a form of Dysautonomia, which is another crazy weird word, come to think of it...

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Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia (sometimes called autonomic dysfunction) is an umbrella term for a group of illnesses that deal with your autonomic system--aka everything that happens automatically in your body. POTS falls under that umbrella, and that means everything your body is supposed to do all on its own either happens improperly or doesn't happen at all. As you can probably imagine, this can cause a lot of problems.

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Symptoms

POTS can (and, in some cases, does) effect every part of your body, from your brain all the way down to your toes. Many patients experience dizziness, fatigue, heart palpitations, blood pooling in their extremities, poor temperature regulation, and many...many...more... Sheesh, just writing this list is exhausting... You can check out my POTS Problems comics for a more comprehensive list of symptoms.

POTS Problems