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in the Driscoll theory, how does one account for passing / failing a tilt table test?
Posted: 08 April 2015 02:26 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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lets say that ICP is high or low and cerebral fluid is stuck and blocking blood flow to the brain. Why would one’s blood pressure still drop?

In my case for example, I had a tilt table test and I was fidgeting a lot. Nothing was happening but then the cardiologist noticed my fidgeting (which I realize now was a way to self treat POTS) .. he made me hold still and within 10 min I was almost completely unconscious.

Would that be a indicator that I do also have lax veins and venous pooling in lower extremities?

I’m working on getting my doctor to try out the Diamox but in the meantime I’m on all the typical POTS treatments (salt, fludro, midodrine) but I find my symptoms are not typical.

Any thoughts are welcome and appreciated smile

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Posted: 14 April 2015 11:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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One thought springs to mind and that is, if the build up of cerebrospinal fluid pressure is alongside the brain-stem (which forms part of the governance of the autonomic nervous system) then this could interfere with the regulation of blood pressure.
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Posted: 20 April 2015 01:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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you know, since Fludrocortison and Midodrine do help a “little bit” ... I bet maybe I have both types. I wonder if that is possible/common. My dizziness, tachycardia and fatigue seem to be the worst at night.. not in the morning like so many other POTS sufferers describe. I also cannot drink the amount of water they suggest, not only does it make me more dizzy but I know I start urinating too much (polyuria) and then become vitamin deficient.  Coffee seems to help quite a bit, I think Dr. Driscoll would refer to this as “self medicating” smile

All thoughts are welcome and thank you to all who have responded.. I’m trying to solve a mystery..

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