Just when you thought COVID-19 was done with us, the echo of its presence continues to reverberate for some folks, in the form of “long COVID”. A curious player in this ongoing saga is a syndrome known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS for short. But don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you.
It’s staggering to note that approximately 30% of people struggling with long COVID also meet the diagnostic criteria for POTS. This isn’t something we can brush under the carpet, which is why it’s so important to shed light on this aspect of the long COVID puzzle.
Spotting the Symptoms
POTS comes with a mixed bag of symptoms, such as lightheadedness, fainting, palpitations, and shakiness. While it sounds pretty overwhelming, the silver lining is that these symptoms can be managed with some simple tweaks in lifestyle.
However, POTS can be pretty stealthy. It often goes unrecognized and misdiagnosed, especially among those battling the myriad symptoms of long COVID.
The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System
POTS is a type of dysautonomia, a fancy term for a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. This system is your body’s autopilot, controlling vital functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. When dysautonomia steps in, your autopilot starts malfunctioning, making everyday tasks feel like running a marathon with a heavy backpack.
So how do you navigate life with POTS? Staying hydrated and adding a pinch more salt to your diet can boost your blood volume, helping manage POTS symptoms. Light physical activity like stretching or walking can also help.
And remember, you’re not alone. Online support communities and professional counseling can provide valuable guidance. Self-care isn’t just about candle-lit baths and chocolates. Sometimes, it’s about acknowledging your battles and seeking help.
Knowledge is Empowerment
By understanding the nuances of long COVID and POTS, we’re better prepared to deal with them. Yes, the road may seem daunting, but remember, every step towards understanding your health is a step towards healing.
The landscape of long COVID intertwined with POTS is intricate. As we unravel this labyrinth together, it’s essential to remember that it’s okay to seek help, it’s okay to feel frustrated, and it’s perfectly okay to take it one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to heal, grow, and bravely ride the rollercoaster of life.