Hello everyone, happy Thursday. Crazy to think that is it already March. Hope this month treats you guys good! This year has flown by.
As most of you may know I have pots (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). I like to update you guys everyone once in awhile because I find that these post can be helpful or comforting to others going through the same thing. I tend to read pots post most often myself.
I just had my last doctor appointment until July! For me that is a crazy long time because here for a while, I was almost having them once a week. Which I will take that, that must mean I’m getting better, right? ‘ve made so many lifestyle changes which made such a drastic change. The biggest thing I realized was the diet. What we put into our body is what our body has to work with. The better the food the better the body will feel. So, I went on a whole food/ gluten free diet which works best for me. This is hard, yes but once you realize you feel better, it’s worth it. If you guys would like a ‘what I eat in a day’ post, leave a comment! The second most important is exercise. It’s terrible in the beginning and sometimes even during but it does improve pots. There are so many studies that say that you need to be up and active because laying in bed can actually worsen pots. I know it’s hard, but just push through it! It’s worth it. I slowly worked my way up. I have a workout post that you can read on what I do, but I also ride a bike for about 20-40 minutes a day.
Also having a watch that tracks your steps also is very useful. I have the LifeTrak Brite R450. It tracks your steps, heart rate, sleep, sun exposure, active time, and how many calories you burn. It also runs off a watch battery so you don’t have to charge it.
For my pots, I struggle most with migraines and nausea. I struggle with quite a few other things but not as bad. I have found two great things to help this. To prevent the migraines, the Johnson’s baby soothing vapor bath has helped a lot. I use it every time I shower or when I feel a migraine coming on. For nausea, ginger root is actually a miracle. Every time I feel sick to my stomach, I eat a piece of ginger root or make some tea and pop a few slices of it in there. It kicks in, in about 5-10 minutes. My doctor actually recommended this over medicine because it won’t have any side effects, it is all natural, and works. I just peel the ginger root, cut it up, and freeze and use it whenever it is needed. Also between the tea and all the water I drink, it ends up to be about 3 liters to a gallon a day.
What I have learned about pots is that you can grow out of it or you can have it forever. I am hoping for the best; that I just keep getting better till it’s all gone. Are the chances of that high? Not really. But I try and stay positive about it. It is hard staying positive when it effects your life in so many ways. It has ruined so many relationships and opportunities. With all of that though, it has made me grow as a person. I learned so many important and valuable lessons from it. I hope if any of you are going through anything hard that you can take something great from it. You will have good and bad days but you just have to let the good over way the bad.
If you have any tips or anything you would like to share, feel free to comment or send me a email!
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