Ayo, we're gonna do a little update here. Some of you may have noticed how dead all my makeup pages are, and this is for a very simple reason. I haven't done makeup in months. And this is for a much more complicated reason. I've developed a chronic illness known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, often shortened to POTS. The symptoms range, but my primary issues are severe presyncope upon standing (have collapsed once, but didn't completely faint), chronic fatigue, and tachycardia. For instance, I'm just sitting here, and my heart is at about 130 BPM. I was an athlete before this went downhill a few months ago, my resting heart rate should be less than half that. Upon standing it can spike up to 200 BPM for several minutes.
So that's where my life is at the moment. I've had these symptoms for many years, but have taken an extreme nosedive in the past 4-6 months, with no real clear reason why. I'm seeing a cardiologist that, to be honest, I don't have too much faith in, so I may try to get in to see one of the two specialists in LA soon. He prescribed me Zoloft, not for psychiatric reasons, but because antidepressants have shown to help some POTS symptoms. Been on it for 3 weeks, and there's been no change. The only other thing I can really do right now is eat huge amounts of sodium and drink tons of fluids everyday, which doesn't seem to help.
Days vary, I can have good days where I managed to even workout, though I haven't had one of those days in about two months. I've been feeling pretty consistently crappy every day, and barely manage basic tasks.
So uhh, yeah, that was a pretty mopey update. Look, I know things could be sooo much worse, and I'm grateful they're not. I'm grateful my condition isn't as severe as some other people I see that are having to go to the ER from bad POTS flares. But still, some days it's extremely discouraging.
Just wanted to let you guys know what's been going on. Will hopefully get this nonsense under control in the near future, and will be back to creating.