What the devil is POTS?

If you have stumbled upon our site and do not have POTS, you might be a wee bit confused what medical description we are referencing. Pie and I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia. We swear that we didn’t make up the name, it just sounds that silly. We were diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic and there is a Wikipedia article about it (just to give it legitimacy). Our first post (it seems ages ago) gave a pretty dandy summary so here it is. It’s titled: The Misses Pots Debut so you can either search for it or copy and paste it.

The Misses Pots Debut

POTS is a problem with your autonomic nervous system. This nervous system controls your entire body, but especially your blood vessels. They tell the vessels to contract (or not) when you stand up so the blood can get to your head. POTS makes it so they often do not contract which leads to dizziness, fainting, heart problems, and seizures. Some common health problems that go hand in hand with POTS are IBS, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Anxiety, and cardiac arrhythmia. There are quite a few more, but these pop up pretty frequently. POTS is something called an “Invisible Illness” because the changes are inside, not out. That, plus the fact that it is a very new diagnosis means that many doctors are unaware of it and have a hard time diagnosing it. There is very little known about it, but more and more papers being published about it. That, plus the increasing awareness by blogs, websites, and clubs means that the teens and adults diagnosed with this aren’t feeling quite so alone anymore.

Our user name is a bit of tongue in cheek referencing both the medical condition and the beloved disney character. Plus it’s grammatically correct, which makes us supermegafoxyawesomehot. So read our blog! Peruse the witty posts and crack a grin. If you have any questions in regards to POTS, Pie & I, or just want to have a good chat about the weather, shoot us a comment. We would love to hear from you!

-Teddy

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