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Has your POTs changed post covid?

I had covid just under 4 weeks ago and came out of hospital 3 weeks ago. Since then my POTs seems to be much worse and I'm getting really breathless with it. My standing tolerance is really reduced down to 2 -3 minutes before I'm gasping for air and feeling like I'm about to black out. I wondered if anyone knows if this is likely to be temporary or the new normal?! I feel like it's totally out of control #POTS #COVID #breathlessness

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That wasn’t a challenge!

Dear life, when I asked if I could feel any worse, that wasn’t a challenge!

The antibiotics definitely aren’t working, and the side effects have me feeling worse than ever before.

How awful I’m feeling makes me want cuddles but I only saw my boyfriend yesterday so I’ll just have to wait it out :(

#breathlessness #nausea #heartracing #Dizziness #lightheaded #antibiotics #SideEffects #Fever #Sweating #lossofappetite #illness #Infection

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Anxiety has evolved!

Last night I was at A&E. I had been having palpitations and was breathless. I was there for 7-8 hours and in that time had blood tests, another ECG and a chest x-ray, all of which came back fine.

So now I just have to accept it is anxiety. And that the attacks are every day and unpredictable. And I don’t even have to be anxious to get them. Fun times.

I slept all day when I got back. I was absolutely exhausted. Didn’t work for that reason.

#Anxiety #palpitations #breathlessness #AnxietyAttack #AnxietyAttacks #ER #EmergencyRoom #BloodTests


My Anxiety knocking again after 2 weeks with Ecsitalopram

My tight is very tight, out of hard breathing, I can feel air pressure in my ear.

Anyone else have such debilitating symptoms with anxiety, like upper chest up and down, strange tight sensation in the chest area like bronchioles have spasm, breathless 😴... #Anxiety #breathlessness #Tightchest


COVID-positive life

Things definitely got worse before they got better.

At its worse (Thursday I think), my whole body ached, I couldn’t support myself, I was very fatigued, cold water caused physical pain, I had chills and I was very weak.

Thankfully things have got better and now all that’s affecting me is sore throat, breathlessness w/ below normal blood oxygen levels, distorted sense of smell, loss of appetite, chest pain, weird “eye headaches” when I move my eyes, weakness and sneezing!

Though I think the sneezing may be allergies as they have been playing up and I finally started taking the new nasal spray (it got better when the sore throat was real bad, I guess because it was just drying it or something as as the sore throat has got better the mucus has got worse).

With the loss of appetite it is a struggle because I was already underweight before COVID. Today was the first day I managed to eat two meals in basically a week, but it was a struggle to do so.

The weakness is also a bit of a frustration. Washing hair requires a sustained amount of arm strength, and I really don’t have it at the moment. Reminds me of the times when I’d shower after 10 hour cleaning shifts...

The breathlessness does have me a little concerned because it’s gotten worse every day, but hopefully it’ll get better soon. It kinda feels like I’m not breathing enough unless I’m breathing through my mouth, which probably makes my sore throat worse so I try not to.

The distorted sense of smell is just plain annoying. I noticed it yesterday when I went to eat some crisps and they just smelled really strong like chemicals (well that was the closest smell) and ever since then, everything else does.

Still got a few more days of self-isolation thankfully. Hopefully I’ll be in some sort of state to be able to work and wear a mask (because there’s going to be absolutely no way they’ll let me in without one on, given I’d only just been self-isolating with covid).

Anyway long post, but it seems like a lot has happened in just a few days.

#COVID19 #diagnosed #breathlessness #Fatigue #Pain #weakness #selfisolation

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Just keep on breathin’, and breathin’ and breathin’....

Apparently I had a panic attack today. I say apparently because I wasn’t panicking.

I started getting breathless with my mask at work again. I kept it on because I know it’s generally psychological for people and I get breathless all the time with it. But for some reason, at some point after I noticed I was getting breathless I felt the need to check my heart rate.

It was over 150bpm. I tried the breathing thing for anxiety but it wasn’t working. I took the mask off (not supposed to) and while the breathlessness wasn’t so bad, my heart rate wouldn’t go down and my chest was hurting.

Ended up sitting down and got it down to 120bpm after about 15 minutes so I got back to work (though without the mask on). Went home half an hour early too.

Not sure what exactly set off the “panic attack” as I have 0 issue with wearing a mask, and the breathlessness wasn’t concerning me.

The doctors finally got to me about my medication today (had to send them a reminder) and it’s been doubled and said to try and take it in the morning. So I guess I’ll wait it out a few weeks to see if it makes a difference or not.

Ear has been hurting a bit today but not enough to make me want to take painkillers so I just waited it out as well.

Hakuna matata anyway!

#ChestPain #Anxiety #PanicAttacks #breathlessness #EarInfection


Helping others

Can helping others really bring happiness in one's life? Has anyone tried it? I am in an environment and have lots of responsibilities I can't go out and help people but my mom told me that I should do good with my kids. They are the ones who are dependent on us. They r the weaker ones I don't need to go somewhere in community and find someone in need I can do same with the people around me. #Depression #Anxiety #PanicAttacks #breathlessness #lackofconfidence #Claustrophobia


Better during Corona

Contrary to my thoughts I am better and less scary during Corona pandemic. Sitting at home for more than a week is not bothering me.. Don't know why #Depression #Thanatophobia #PanicAttacks #Claustrophobia #breathlessness #Depression


how to be emotionally strong?

Since I have realized I become depressed anxious etc I feel like even a distressing movie or story make me afraid to my core. I don't want to hear any bad news, news including any factors which I feel distressing, I have 2 kids one 9 years old son and other 2 months old daughter. I can't hear anything happening to children or parents dying or kids hungry or lost. I am extremely afraid of poverty that how to fulfill kids needs. When I see my old parents I'm afraid of old age with associated illnesses. If I have happiness I have tears in my eyes, if see or hear something bad I start crying. I can't control my emotions. Any tips? #Anxiety #Thanatophobia #PanicAttacks #Claustrophobia #breathlessness #Depression #lackofconfidence


Can avoiding thoughts is a remedy to get rid of negative fearful thoughts?

Yesterday I had bad feelings, my mind made up scary scenario and I got panicky. Today I m afraid that I might have same issue again. So I'm avoiding certain thoughts, am I doing right? Or should I think about them. #Depression #Anxiety #PanicAttacks #breathlessness #lackofconfidence #Claustrophobia #Thanatophobia #CarpalTunnelSyndrome