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May 30, 2005
Elizabeth
GERD and Orthostatic Intolerance
Just wondering if anyone else is going through the same thing. My son who is now six has lived with GERD since he was born. He had a nissen when he was 13 months old. For the past year or so he has been complaining of his heart "beeping" fast. I ignored it for a while hoping it would go away. After several months of him complaining we saw a cardiologist. He was put on a holter monitor and he had documented heart rates that ranged from 200-250 bpm. The cardiologist told me he needed to drink more water. After several months and still complaining I began to do more research. The more research I did the more I learned about POTS (postural orthostatic Tachycardic Syndrome) and how it is related to the GI tract. We saw a dr whp specializes in POTS and he is now going through the testing. Your autonomic nervous system is related to your heart rate along with your GI tract and many others systems. Braden is also going to have a muscle biopsy done to test for a mito disorder (which I don't think he has). I just wanted to make more people aware of this and to see if anyone else is going through the same thing. Elizabeth
May 31, 2005
Megan
Wow
Thanks for posting this. I never knew Pots was related to GERD. My second year of being treated for GERD I started getting dizzy spells and tachycardia. I went to the doctor, and they has me lay down, and took my bp and pulse, then they did the same sitting and standing. I nearly passed out during the process, and my bp dropped significantly, and pulse raised significantly. They put me on some electrolyte pills, told me to drink gatorayde, and gave me fludrocortisone. After two weeks I stopped taking all the meds. I still take the electrolyte pills when I feel bad, and I have always drunk a ton of water. I figured that I threw my electrolytes out of balance with all the vomiting I do. Can you explain more the link between GERD and POTS? I never actually had a tilt table test.
May 31, 2005
Elizabeth
Megan
I found this all interesting too! Your autonomic nervous system controls your heart rate and BP along with your GI tract and many other system (ie kindney's). Some people have a wide variety of GI sysmptoms. My son has severe constipation along with reflux and asthma. My mom and I both have POTS. I was diagnosed at age 11. I was on medicine for about 5 years. Currently, I live with a high heart rate but have learned to tolerate it. I drink lots of water. The summer is the worst time for me, somedays I don't even make it out of the house. However, I do not suffer from any GI symptoms. It sounds like they did the "generic" tilt test on you. If it showed symptoms there is no reason to make you "suffer" through the actual tilt test. In a way I hope Braden finally gets a diagnoses so we can treat it. He is a VERY active six year old and his heart "beeping" fast is really slowing him down. Here is a web site with a wealth of information http://www.ndrf.org/ I hope this helps, Elizabeth in VA
Jun 01, 2005
Megan
Thanks!
Yeah, I figured that pretty much meant I have POTS, but they never actually used that word. I also have constipation and asthma. My resting heart rate is pretty good most of the time, but if I move to quickly, watch out! It's also takes me like 10 minutes to get from laying down to standing up in the morning. It's just something I learned to do to avoid getting dizzy. What do you take for POTS? I drink about 4 gallons of water a day, and I am suppose to take thermotabs and fludrocortisone, but I don't usually ;) Thanks for the info!
Jun 01, 2005
Megan
Thanks!
Yeah, I figured that pretty much meant I have POTS, but they never actually used that word. I also have constipation and asthma. My resting heart rate is pretty good most of the time, but if I move to quickly, watch out! It's also takes me like 10 minutes to get from laying down to standing up in the morning. It's just something I learned to do to avoid getting dizzy. What do you take for POTS? I drink about 4 gallons of water a day, and I am suppose to take thermotabs and fludrocortisone, but I don't usually ;) Thanks for the info!
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