Is Long Haul COVID Basically POTS?

Is Long Haul COVID Basically POTS?

Neurofeedback Tucson AZ POTS

POTS in Tucson AZ is a form of dysautonomia — a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system regulates functions we don’t consciously control, such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating and body temperature. Malfunction in any of these areas can produce symptoms that can be shared by numerous conditions. Doctors who are not familiar with POTS may dismiss these symptoms as lingering effects of COVID-19 — or even psychological symptoms.

To read more about what POTS is please read this blog here: What is POTS? | Tucson Biofeedback

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

While POTS has been around prior to COVID and what we have found is there is a 4 prong connection to its expression, and also resolution. Those are:

  • Some type of infection and/or toxic overload (heavy metals, mold, EBV etc.
  • A shock or traumatic event in the past (whether remembered or not). COVID and the globally shared experience is a shock and trauma in and of itself to our brain and nervous system.
  • Histamine Intolerance, sensitivities to everyday things such as: vitamins, minerals, foods, chemicals, irritants etc.
  • Nervous System Dysregulation or Dysautonomia

When you read about POTS most all of the literature will tell you there is no treatment or cure for it. And while this is true in the traditional medical approach of a cure being some type of drug or surgery, there are solutions to rebalance and stabilize the above listed things which then allows the only cure to take effect our body’s innate healing capacity. Our body is only able to do this once the interferences are removed and the limbic system, nervous system and sensitivity triggers have been addressed.

A List of Common Long Haul COVID Symptoms are listed as:

Breathing and Heart Problems

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Cough
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid Heart Rate/Tachycardia

Neurological Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Dizziness when standing up (lightheadedness)
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Bouts of Panic
  • Sleep problems, Insomnia
  • Pins and needles feeling
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Depression

Digestive Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux, GERD
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

A List of Common POTS Symptoms:

Mental: Anxiety, Brain fog- difficulty concentrating & recalling words/facts/memories, Depression

Gastrointestinal: Nausea, Lack of appetite, Diarrhea, Constipation, Blood pressure and heart rate swings from eating/digesting

Dermatological: Pale skin, Purplish discoloration of skin in hands and feet due to blood pooling, Chronically dry skin, Feelings of pins and needles/shocks/tingling or numbness, Vibration sensitivity

Respiratory: Shortness of breath (easily winded)

Auditory: Sound sensitivity

Cardiovascular: Heart palpitations and high heart rate (worsened by upright posture), Fainting (syncope), Near-fainting, Lightheadedness, Dizziness, Difficulty sitting or standing (orthostatic intolerance), Graying-out upon standing, Raynaud’s phenomenon

A subset of patients have episodes of very high blood pressure. Some may also have episodes of low heart rate (bradycardia).

Vision: Light sensitivity (due to pupil dilation), Dry irritated eyes, Intolerance and sensitivity to contact lenses

Pain: Headaches, Migraines, Chest pain, Aching shoulder and neck pain (coat hanger pain)

Other: Fatigue & Exhaustion, Exercise intolerance, Shaking (tremulousness), Cold hands and feet, Frequent urination, General but strong sense of “feeling awful” or “feeling very wrong” without being able to point to any specific symptom, and more.

We have worked with both of these expressions with great success time and time again. Our approach is a recipe which includes a customized treatment program, usually ranging 3-6 months that is created unique to your situation that always addresses the 4 underlying pieces above.

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