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I stopped taking the beta blocker prescribed to keep my heartrate down recently. I just don't feel that great when I'm on it, and when I stop taking it, I feel SO much better mentally, even if I'm suffering the POTS symptoms more severely (at least, the ones related to my heart - the others never go away, they just aren't as obvious :P).

Yesterday, though, was AMAZING. I felt so good, didn't find myself guzzling water like a dehydrated camel, wasn't running out of breath talking to someone while standing up, &c. The only thing I did differently, that I can think of, is that I wore tights. That's it. I know that they recommend those constricting hose for people with severe POTS, but didn't think it would make much of a difference for me, since I really do have a milder version. WELL. All afternoon, especially after I've been standing up for a bit, I've felt this weird feeling in my ankles and feet. I don't know how to describe it, but it's like I'm suddenly hyper aware of the blood flow and pooling, and then starting to move again properly when I sit or lie down. Right now, my feet feel positively burning as I lie down after getting up to pee.

So maybe I need to embrace the official start of fall and wear tights every day.

Also, this water thing. You guys, if I'm so dehydrated that I've guzzled 72oz of water today and still felt like I needed more, why am i peeing so much. I mean, obviously I'm drinking water, so I have to pee. But if it's a dehydration thing, shouldn't I be retaining the stuff instead of having to piss like a racehorse every 90 minutes? I swear I've peed SO many times today. And it was never colorless like you'd expect with that much water, not compared to how it looks when I drink only 30oz in a single day mixed in with cokes and stuff.

Maybe I need to start making it a point to add salt to my diet again.

on 2013-09-27 03:57 am (UTC)
beccastareyes: Image of Sam from LotR. Text: loyal (loyal)
Posted by [personal profile] beccastareyes
Maybe you needed to drink that much water so you could pee out whatever other stuff your kidneys were filtering, if your pee didn't look like it was colorless?

(Disclaimer: I'm not that kind of doctor.)

on 2013-09-27 04:32 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] keristars.livejournal.com
Oh, that could be it.

But I peed SO MUCH in a 4 hour period! and I never feel like I need to drink water like this usually. When I'm taking my medicine, I tend to max out at 30oz of water during the workday (I'm sedentary and it's cold at my desk), not 72oz! I probably could have had more, except my bottle only holds 24oz and it's very inconvenient for me to refill it. I don't think I'm necessarily super dehydrated otherwise - I mean, I went most of my life never drinking water ever, and I still have to force myself to drink it when I'm not doing so because it's the only thing I know of (besides sitting down!) to help the tachycardia/low blood pressure combo.

So it's all very confusing for me :P (Besides, I still don't really understand how to know if I'm dehydrated, or how drinking water helps me feel less faint/out of breath when my bp is dropping and heartrate rising. I know that by steadily drinking water throughout the day, my veins & such are supposed to thicken to keep the blood up near my head better, but that's different from feeling faint, guzzling half my bottle, and then feeling a bit better. Less faint, at least, even if I'm still out of breath and my heart is going like crazy.)

on 2013-09-27 12:33 pm (UTC)
beccastareyes: Image of Sam from LotR. Text: loyal (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] beccastareyes
I could always ask my friends who are nurses.

on 2013-10-03 07:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] karinablack.livejournal.com
I think the thing with dehydration is, your body wants to replace the old water it had saved up as quickly as possible. As soon as you're rehydrated and maintain rehydration you won't pee as much.

I hope that's the case. I'm working on getting rehydrated ;D

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