Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Wikipedia classified postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) as an autonomic nervous dysfunction.  That is actually good news.  As has been commented many times on this Web site, autonomic nervous  system (ANS) function can be greatly improved by doing three basic things.

1.  Correcting  nutritional deficiencies
2.  Addressing heavy metal contamination
3.  Learning to breathe correctly

It is noteworthy that in the article, the standard medical treatment for this disorder is the use of antidepressants.  That isn’t surprising, however, as antidepressants are addressing an imbalance in the ANS, not a chemical imbalance in the brain.  Even though for several decades, antidepressants have been thought to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain, new research is showing that the problem is an ANS imbalance.  So the use of antidepressants to combat the symptoms of POTS supports the new research.  Emotional/mental disorders and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome are cousins.

The Wikipedia article, mentioned that Generalized Anxiety Disorder and POTS are often mistaken for each other.  Both disorders share an amazing number of symptoms.  Some of those shared symptoms are rapid heartbeat upon standing, nausea, chest pain, sleep disorders, feelings of fear, digestion problems, headaches, and lightheadedness. The things that will help to improve, or even to make a full recovery possible, are also shared by each of these conditions.  Aerobic exercise will strengthen both parts of the autonomic nervous system.  Those two main parts are the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. 

These two parts of the ANS are supposed to “pull” against each other.  They are designed to balance each other out.  When those two systems are out of balance, then the person starts experiencing symptoms of a great many disorders.  Some people suffer anxiety disorder.  Others contend with digestion problems.  Other problems include sleep problems, headaches, chest pain, and an almost endless list of additional symptoms and disorders.  Even autism and fibromyalgia are included in the list. On the last page of the article it is stated that, “antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, and Paxil can be extremely effective in re-regulating the autonomic nervous system.”  Those medications were heretofore believed to change a chemical imbalance in the brain.  But as can be seen here, those medications are effective in re-regulating the autonomic nervous system.  That is where the problem lay in the first place. 

However, the SSRIs only work to subdue the symptoms.  A better way would be to get to the cause and correct the imbalance in the ANS.  That can be done by doing the three things listed previously in this article.

It can be done! You can get well!

(Additional information, 11,20,10)

Antidepressants are not really a good medication for POTS because these types of drugs tend to make the autonomic nervous system even weaker in the long run.  That can be seen in part by people who take psychiatric drugs like antidepressants, sleeping pills, and  antipsychotics.  If people use these drugs for very long, they usually need the dosages increased over time.  That is because any medicine that affects the autonomic nervous system can be habit- forming.  When a type of medication is habit-forming, it sets up a situation whereby whatever the drug is being taken for, the body becomes used to the medication taking over the body's normal function, and then the body ceases to function at all in that area.

A much better way to treat POTS is to help the autonomic nervous system to function again on its own.  Please see other articles on this web site that discusses the ways to help your autonomic nervous system  start functioning again on its own.

One exceptional way to help the ANS to function again is by doing anaerobic exercise interspersed with aerobic exercise.  This seems to help regulate the ANS quite rapidly when done in conjunction with the three other steps mentioned previously in this article.


Dear Jonahex,

I did suffer from POTS for about three years.  I didn't even know it had a name.  I just noticed that every time I got up from a sitting position or from lying down, that my heart started beating harder than it should.  That in turn would turn on my adrenal glands,, and that in turn would start the awful anxiety.

After finding out what actually causes POTS, that it was my faulty autonomic nervous system, it took me about three years to get my nervous system working well again so as not to have the condition anymore.

In my research, no one else knows for sure what causes POTS, or how to get well.  I think I figured it out because I was suffering from it so much and was forced to find the answers.

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