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Case Study – Ms. A1 – Reduced Need for POTS Medications

Ms. A is a 24 year old female who resides in Australia. According to her treating physician in Australia, she was otherwise healthy until symptoms of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) began.  The symptoms started gradually over a year after post infectious encephalopathy. Initial symptoms included headaches, fatigue, allodynia, and central sensitization. Orthostatic tachycardia also became an issue.  After the first year, the symptoms became severe enough she was unable to work, and she required inpatient care. She was in the hospital for two months. She reports being bed ridden a lot of the time. On a good day she reports maybe leaving the house for an hour. She had difficulty with activities of daily living, including showering, preparing food, walking, and conversations.

Upon arrival at the POTS Treatment Center, Ms. A reported whole-body nerve pain, fatigue, headaches, chest pain, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, brain fog, fainting, sweating, sleep difficulty, paralysis and muscle weakness. She was using a walker due to muscle weakness when ambulating. She had undergone treatment including multiple medications (see pre-post list below), compression stockings, high salt intake, and saline IV. Her Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) score was in the severe range at 41. Her Beck Depression Inventory – II (BDI-II) score was in the moderate to severe range at 19. Peripheral hand temperature baseline was 85.0 degrees, and baseline of EMG on the trapezius muscles was 17.3 mV.

Treatment included a two-week intensive program averaging about 3 hours of treatment each day. Treatment modalities included relaxation training, peripheral biofeedback training, heart rate variability training, dietary supplements and nutritional guidelines, and standing and exercise techniques. Techniques are continued as home practice after the two-week program.

POTS Treatment - Results - Woman Walking in Park in FallWithin the first week she was able to walk without a cane or walker. Within the second week, she was able to stand up in the shower and go shopping. She also found it easier to get up in the morning.  After the two weeks of treatment, Ms. A reported a decrease in all symptoms (see pre-post symptom ratings below).  She rated her own improvements overall at 60%. Her BAI score decreased to 12, which is in the mild range. Her BDI-II score decreased to 4, which is in the normal range.  She was able to stop or reduce many of her medications (see pre-post medication list below).  Six weeks post-treatment, she was able to run on the beach, which was one thing she wanted to be able to do but could not given her initial symptoms.

Medications Pre-Treatment Dose 6 Week Post-Treatment Dose
Brenda-35 ED 35mcg tablet, 1x/day 35mcg tablet, 1x/day
Celebrex 200 mg capsule, 1x/day 0 mg
Cymbalta 60 mg capsule, 1x/day 30 mg capsule, 1x/day
Doxycycline 50 mg tablet, 1x/day 0 mg
Famvir 500 mg tablet, 1x/day 0 mg
Lyrica 150 mg capsule, 2x/day 75 mg capsule, 2x/day
Metoprolol Tartrate 50 mg tablet, 3x/day 50 mg tablet, 1x/day
Midodrine 5 mg tablet, 13x/day 5 mg tablet, 6x/day
Modafin 100 mg tablet, 1x/day 0 mg
Osmolax Powder for   Oral Solution 1-3x/day 0x/day
Tramadol 2 50 mg capsules PRN 0mg
Zofran Zydis 4 mg wafer PRN 0mg
Symptoms Pre-Treatment Rating Post-Treatment Rating 6-Weeks Post-Treatment Rating
Light/noise Sensitivity 10 6 2
Tachycardia 8 4 3
Tension Headaches 9 7 3
Migraine Headaches 9 3 1
Fatigue 10 8 3
Dizziness 6 3 1
Exercise Intolerance 10 5 6
Chest Pain 10 0 1
Gastrointestinal Issues 10 4 2
Diarrhea 2 0 0
Constipation 7 4 2
Shortness of Breath 9 3 2
Insomnia 8 2 1
Blurry Vision 1 2 0
Joint/muscle Pain 9 3 3
Tingling in the Legs 8 6 2
Sweating 10 5 3
Muscle Weakness 10 2 0
Nausea 5 2 1
Menstrual Irregularities 1 0 0
Fainting 10 0 0
Thermoregulation Issues 9 3 1
Low Mood 9 5 3
Brain Fog 9 6 2
Frequent Urination 7 3 1
Anxiety 3 0 1
Cognitive Impairment 8 2 0
Tremors (twitching) 5 0 0
Adrenaline rush/feeling hot 9 3 2