Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome POTS
Things that Help

POTS can be challenging to manage, but there are many things that will help patients managing their symptoms. Here is a list of things that POTS patients have reported helps!

1. Increasing Fluids – Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. It is important not to become dehydrated with POTS as this will make your symptoms worse. Drinks with some electrolytes help much more than plain water. Suggested beverages are Propel, (physicians sometimes will recommend Gatorade) but we like Propel much better as it has less sugar than Gatorade.

2. Abdominal Binder – One of our favorites is this binder which is a 12″ wide abdominal binder. It comes in 4 different sizes, so be sure to select the correct size for you based on your waist size. One of the ladies working in our office has POTS and is small and wears the 12″ 30″ -45″ inch size and finds that it helps her with her exercise tolerances and can now run several miles wearing one of these abdominal binders.

3. Salt – Contrary to popular opinion salt is not always bad for you! With POTS patients in many cases (check with your doctor first) as always, but in many cases of patients with POTS they may benefit from adding sea salt to their diet, or even salt tablets. Salt tablets can be very hard on the stomach, so if your doctor recommends salt tablets, you may want to have a converation about trying sea salt instead or adding sea salt to your food. Do not try this again, without checking with your own physician, but many POTS patients may have low sodium levels (not always picked up by blood tests for sodium). Physicians specializing in POTS diagnosis and treatments many times will order a 24 hour urine sodium test which may identify low sodium in POTS patients and in which case they may recommend salt to these patients.

4. Leg Exercises – lower leg exercises, and strengthening the lower legs will help keep veins healthy and help with blood volume problems in POTS patients, therefore exercise is important if you are able and will help!

5. Fidgeting or crossing one’s legs: Unlike when we were in school and told not to fidget—the simple act of moving and/or crossing the legs can help POTS patients when standing in line or standing. Simply being stationary and not moving is very difficult for POTS patients but the compression of the veins caused by crossing one’s legs or even fidgeting which keeps the blood moving, can make standing more comfortable. Most patients do not even realize that they do this automatically before diagnosis, but these small tips can help make managing one’s illness much easier.

If you have any questions about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome please feel free to post your comments and we’ll do our best to help answer them.