Welcome to Lyme Awareness day 12! On a previous day, I talked about some of the chronic illnesses that Lyme disease can “mimic” or cause. Today, I am going to talk about a specific medical condition that it can cause, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS for short. It’s also called Dysautonomia. It is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system and causes symptoms like fast heart rate upon standing and feeling faint.
I’m highlighting POTS because this is very personal to me. I was disabled from POTS for many years.
I was told there was no cause or cure for it, but I might grow out of it in a few years.
No treatments helped me with this, and I was still very sick with it years after they told me I should have grown out of it.
I was part of a facebook group for POTS patients. Many people on there were getting diagnosed with Lyme, and recommended that I get a test, too.
My doctor highly doubted that I had it, but she was a very good doctor and listened to me anyway and ordered a lyme test.
She was SHOCKED when it came back positive! She now has all of her POTS patients get a Lyme test.
I finally had a cause for this unexplainable illness! Everything finally made sense, my body did not just malfunction for no reason.
Although it took another 4 years to effectively treat the Lyme disease, once I did, my POTS symptoms were GONE 😄 I no longer have POTS!
I am telling you this because I was sick with POTS for 6 YEARS before I was diagnosed with lyme. I wish I had known sooner that Lyme disease can cause POTS symptoms!
For more information about my POTS and Lyme Disease Journey, check out my video Chronically Healed
Have you been diagnosed with POTS and Lyme Disease?