POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, is a disorder of the blood flow. It is a condition that causes blood to remain in the lower parts of the body under the effects of gravity when you stand.
This causes an abnormal increase in the rate at which the heart beats and also a drop in blood pressure. Many of us will experience this ourselves as OI (orthostatic intolerance). It is the sensation of dizziness and other symptoms we may feel after standing quickly from a prone position.
Patients with POTS will experience the symptoms more severely and more easily. While it is often little more than uncomfortable, it can sometimes lead to a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life. This article looks at 10 symptoms of POTS.
Symptom #1: Headaches
Headaches are arguably the most common symptom that a person is likely to experience. They are so common that they are usually just overlooked where possible, with the patient turning to painkillers if the pain becomes too much to bear.
Most of the time, a headache will just pass and there should be no cause for alarm. It can sometimes be a sign of an underlying cause, though, so a headache should not always be overlooked, especially if they occur regularly or if the pain is too severe. Regular headaches can be a sign that you may have POTS.