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17 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Have POTS

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a form of dysautonomia, or a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. POTS specifically is characterized by an excessively high heart rate upon standing, plus the other symptoms of dysautonomia.

Living with POTS can present a number of challenges and be difficult to manage, but sometimes, one of the best ways to cope is with a little humor. If laughing with your fellow POTSies about some of the most ridiculous aspects of the condition helps you manage, you may enjoy the following memes.


me without coffee: tired and unproductive. me with coffee: tired and unproductive but with a faster heart rate
via @pots.syndrome.princess Instagram


has a shower, has to lie down
via @dysautonomiaadventures Instagram


my heart: laying down, rolling over, standing up just trying to live my life
via littlekinesthesia Tumblr


actual picture of me trying to escape my symptoms: woman being chased by a dolphin
via @chroniclesoflaura Instagram


text conversation between two people. first person says "I haven't felt well rested in 84 years." second person replies "You're 27..." first person says "so anyway, I haven't felt well rested in 84 years..."
via stynalane Tumblr


having any form of tachycardia: *does literally nothing* heart: you wanna fight???
via clockworkcrow Tumblr


the feeling you get after picking something up from the floor
via @potsproblems Instagram


Me: OKAY if we get up slowly you'll be ABLE to adjust to the postural change ok? We'll be fine My body: maybe so
via spoonie-humour Tumblr


that feeling you get when you take your compression sleeves off for the day
via Dysautonomia Support Network Facebook page


stands up for more than 10 minutes. POTS: *spinning*
via eds-stripes Tumblr


when someone sees how much salt you put on your food: woman with her eyes wide
via @potsproblems Instagram


POTS combined with summer. me: elmo standing in a fire
via eds-stripes Tumblr


me: God I feel like hell, better lie down. *lies down* what the heck am I talking about I feel totally normal let's get up! *faints* ..... Ah,
via spoonie-humour Tumblr


me at my heart right now: you're tacky and I hate you
via the-muses-have-secrets Tumblr


how I should deal with pots symptoms according to my doctors: salt shakers shaking salt onto the clock from beauty and the beast
via i-need-that-seat Tumblr


spoonies trying to plan things: I have a blackout scheduled for 10pm
via potsiepie Tumblr


standing up in public with POTS and pretending everything is ok: bugs bunny with his heart beating out of his chest
via @potsproblems Instagram