Guide to POTS

Hoping this makes a confusing chronic illness diagnosis easier

Anemia / Low Iron

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I can only speak to my own experience and hope that gives you some insight into what POTS is and how it can affect you or the people around you.

What it feels like: you feel weak and shaky a lot. 

What causes it:

To be honest I had no idea POTS had anything to do with Anemia, I just figured that was part of having periods. Most of the women I know are anemic so I just thought it was normal.  According to some POTS patients have lower blood volume which means that they are unable to carry as much iron as they should.

Solutions I’ve found:

Eat more iron. I’m going to be honest I’ve been anemic for years and I eat a lot of iron rich foods. This is not a cure all but it does help.  If your anemia is bad your doctor will tell you to take iron pills,  don’t do this without your doctor telling you,  there are a lot of side effects.

There are plenty of iron rich foods. I think people automatically think of red meat, I’m not the biggest red meat fan so I tend to get my iron from vegetables. Some high iron foods are broccoli, spinach, lentils, dark chocolate, seeds, beans, and eggs. Cheerios have a lot of iron in them too, so you have plenty of options.

Work Cited

“Causes of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia • MyHeart.” MyHeart, Accessed 3 April 2023.

Further Reading

“Causes of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia • MyHeart.” MyHeart, Accessed 3 April 2023.

“Low iron storage and mild anemia in postural tachycardia syndrome in adolescents.” PubMed, Accessed 3 April 2023.

Rice, Damien, and Matt Galbraith. “.,.” ., – YouTube, 16 November 2008, Accessed 3 April 2023.

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