POTS Treatment Doctor in Savannah Georgia
To be successful at treating any form of dysautonomia, it is important to understand how the brain functions. POTS stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. This condition is plagued with symptoms of dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls the things that we do not need to consciously control such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, blood flow, etc.
Symptoms of POTS
The symptoms of POTS include tachycardia or increased heart rate when changing positions. This usually occurs when going from a lying or seated position to a standing position. This is a serious condition due to the fact that the blood is not being shunted to your brain quickly enough. When this happens, the natural response is to pass out or faint. This is very dangerous, due to the injuries that can come from fainting.
There are many other symptoms that are present with POTUS. Other symptoms may include mental health problems, digestive problems, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, a sense of dizziness, and so much more. To understand the cause of POTS it is important to understand the brain.
The Cause of POTS
POTS or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is caused by dysfunction of your ANS or your autonomic nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system is controlled by your brain and it has many connections throughout different brain systems. Some of these areas in your brain are responsible for the planning of motor activities. Other areas are responsible for detecting the postural changes of the body that are associated with the POTS diagnosis. One of the major systems that we will discuss is the direct connection from your vestibular system to your autonomic nervous system.
The Vestibular System and Your POTS
Your vestibular system is responsible for detecting angular rotation and translational forces on your head and body. For example, your vestibular system is activated with any movement. Certain areas of your vestibular system are responsible for different sensory signals such as riding an elevator compared to driving a car. Your vestibular system is a direct connection to your IML aka your intermediolateral cell column. Your IML is your sympathetic nervous system and needs to be controlled to see changes in your condition.
Many patients see incredible results with specific neurological rehabilitation therapy that you could receive at our clinic in Savannah, Georgia. When dealing with POTS, it is important to look at the brain first. There are a few different types of POTS syndrome’s that can develop from different areas of the brain. Let’s go over the two most common areas of the brain that causes POTS.
POTS and Your Supplementary Motor Area
Your supplementary motor area is responsible for motor planning. The supplementary motor area fires to your brain and is supposed to produce a motor response to shunt blood to the brain. This is what doesn’t happen with those suffering from POTS.
POTS and Your Baroceptor
Your baroreceptors are responsible for feedback to the brain. These receptors are activated when stretched or when changing positions. This information is sent to the brain and gives the brain a lot of information about where the body, head, and neck are located. These baroreceptors are not reliable and commonly cause problems with your autonomic nervous system. This type of POTS needs to be addressed through these baroreceptors which will take more time when rehabilitating them. Having a few weeks with a patient under intensive care is hugely important in order to re-calibrate the baroreceptor system and see results with people suffering from POTS.
POTS Treatments at Savannah NeuroCare
Our approach to POTS is different than most clinics. We want to address the brain and its dysfunction with the autonomic nervous system consisting of your sympathetic nervous system and your parasympathetic nervous system. When there is a healthy relationship between these systems, we find incredible results with our patient suffering from dysautonomia. Call us to learn more about how we can help you and to set up a consultation with the doctor.