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I was diagnosed with POTS Spring of 2011 and have been taking midodrine and toporol since being diagnosed. I also take salt tablets. I have been on this medication for two full years now and most of my symptoms are under control now EXCEPT for blood pooling in my feet/legs. If I am standing for more than a couple of minutes my feet start to turn dark red/blue and begin to feel heavy and tight. It is very frustrating that I am taking all of this medication yet this symptom is still clearly a problem. I was wondering if there are any of you out there who have found things that have helped stop your venous/blood pooling.
I have tried compression socks and they do kind of work while I am wearing them but the second I take them off my blood begins to pool. I also try to lay on my back with my legs up against a wall to let the blood flow back down every night but once again, once I put my legs down the blood goes right back to them.
It is summer and I would love to feel comfortable wearing shorts and sandals without getting weird looks for my legs/feet being blue……
Thanks so much!
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