Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Symptoms

After researching several sites, I compiled a list of symptoms associated with both Neurally Mediated Hypotension and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. More and more research is being done on a daily basis and I suspect that it won’t be long before this list changes again. When I first got sick the list of symptoms was rather short and seemingly insignificant. It is comforting now to read about some of the postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome symptoms that I still struggle with and can finally say are associated with my disorder. 

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Symptoms


Light-headedness or dizziness





Shortness of breath

Chest pain

Loss of sweating


Exacerbation by heat

Exacerbation by exercise

Exacerbation by meals

Exacerbation associated with menses




Abdominal pain

Constipation Diarrhea

Bladder dysfunction

Pupillary dysfunction

Generalized associated


Sleep disturbance

Migraine headache

Myofascial pain

Neuropathic pain

Neurally Mediated Hypotension Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic orthostatic intolerance include day-to-day dizziness in all patients, with high incidence of the following conditions:

Altered vision (blurred, “white outs,” black outs)


Exercise intolerance (frequently postexercise malaise)


Neurocognitive deficits

Sleep problems

Heat Intolerance


A large proportion of patients also experience the following symptoms:



Difficulty breathing or swallowing



Other vasomotor symptoms

Symptoms associated with both Neurally Mediated Hypotension and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome


Fainting or near fainting

Generalized weakness



Shortness of breath

Chest discomfort and/or pain

Loss of sweating

Excessive sweating

Delayed gastric emptying- gastrointestinal complaints, including bloating

Bloating after meals



Abdominal pain



Bladder dysfunction

Pupillary dysfunction


Sleep disorders


Myofascial pain

Neuropathic pain



Exercise intolerance




Postprandial hypotension

Blood pooling in limbs

Intolerance to heat

Feeling cold all over

Low blood pressure upon standing

Cognitive impairment

Narrowing of upright pulse pressure

Cold hands



High blood pressure


Numbness or tingling sensations

Reduced pulse pressure upon standing

Low back pain

Aching neck and shoulders

Noise sensitivity

Light Sensitivity



Chemical sensitivities

Easily over-stimulated

Feeling full quickly

Feeling “wired”

Food allergies/sensitivities


Irregular menstrual cycles

Loss of appetite

Loss of sex drive

Muscle aches and/or joint pains

Swollen nodules/lymph nodes

Polydipsia (excessive thirst)

Weight loss or gain

Feeling detached from surroundings

Restless leg syndrome

Just to give you an idea of what life is like for those of us that have to deal with these disorders take a look at the video below, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – a day in the life:

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Below are two articles you may find interesting:

Neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) and positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS): Part I: Associated neurological abnormalities.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome: Patient’s report on causes, symptoms, and treatment

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