June 16, 2012 at 5:42 am #228ScaredSingleMamainMarylandParticipant
Has anyone w/POTS (and possibly an accompanying illness like autoimmune disease) ever had food poisoning or stomach virus and if so, did you have any complications due to your POTS? Is there reason to decide to go to the hospital sooner than say a healthy person would who suddenly came down with nausea, diahrea, tachycardia, and stomach upset?
I started about 11 hours ago with a typical attack (or so I thought) of tachycardia, tremors, dizziness, etc. Along with it, I had diahrea 2x (tmi, sorry) which is not unusual during the attacks I have so I thought nothing of it. But then 2 hours ago I was woken by severe nausea and upon being fully awake I realized my chest hurt and took my pulse and it was 170. The nausea continues, my stomach is making bubbling noises, I am somewhat short of breath/wheezy, I have been to the bathroom 3 more times, and I feel real thirsty. I am sure this is prob a stomach virus or maybe food poisoning (I had grilled chicken off a delivery pizza last night) but then I start to worry is it something more or will my POTS symptoms get worse if I am sick. The nausea and tachycardia are horrible. Maybe I am being a baby but I can’t stand feeling this horrible on top my already terrible symptoms.
Ang.June 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm #2434PrettytiredParticipant
Sorry to hear you’re having an attack. I actually get this quite often, never considered a virus or food poisoning. I’ve always assumed I’ve angered my Vagus Nerve and it’s flaring up. I would think the opposite: if a healthy person came down with that, I would see more reason to seek care. Try & ride it out but watch the heart rate. I wouldn’t let that go much higher or for much longer with popping in to a Prompt Care-type place to bring it down. I am LOVING Zantac right now. I get a lot of reactions after I eat (such as now, palpitations & major bloating & fatigue) and Zantac stops it quickly.
Two times I’ve ended up in the ER for what I believe were gallbladder attacks with the worst chest/pain/right side pain I’ve ever experienced. Both times they told me I had the flu and that it triggered my Vagus Nerve (they gave me a GI cocktail of Lidocaine & Milk of Mag I think— this calmed the nerve and stopped the attack). They were half right… I triggered my Vagus Nerve but I don’t believe it was the flu (I, shockingly, do not get flu/colds…. so strange- anyone else like this?).
Keep us posted & feel better (ha…. right!).
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