“How would a doctor determine if I have Hyperadrenergic POTS?”: All About Catecholamine Testing in POTS

To find out if it a patient has Hyperadrenergic POTS, specialized doctors typically order an endocrine test called a Catecholamine Blood Test. I had my test performed at Mayo Clinic's Autonomic Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Want proof? Here is a glamor shot taken just prior to the test: Okay, time to get serious! The Catecholamine... Continue Reading →

Mayo Clinic’s Autonomic Clinic — A Guide

This blog wouldn't exist if I hadn't gone to Mayo Clinic's Autonomic Clinic and been lucky enough to have a lot of people who wanted to stay up to date. While I covered what it is like to go through the clinic, there are some basic (and important) questions I have come to realize I... Continue Reading →

A Chat with Mayo Clinic Doctor

It has been 14 weeks since I left Mayo Clinic. This morning I called Mayo Clinic because it had been nearly a month since I called asking if Dr. Fealey had any additional input. His secretary seemed horrified I had waited so long and told me Dr. Fealey would personally call me. I was so... Continue Reading →

The Anti-Catastrophizer

I went to the doctor yesterday to make sure I hadn't caught Emma's strep. Since my throat almost always hurts, I never know when I have strep. It has gone to my kidneys in the past because I didn't notice a difference. Luckily, I don't have it! I also talked to my doctor about my... Continue Reading →

Mayo Clinic Day 4

Hey everyone! I have some really exciting news -- I got to try¬† on wedding dresses today!!!! It killed me and right now I feel the worst I have felt in about a month, but I must say, it was worth it. If you want to see the top 2 contenders right now and put... Continue Reading →

Mayo Clinic Day 2

Thank you everyone for reading my blog and the all of your kind thoughts! I am very encouraged by all of it and it definitely lifted my spirits! So today was rough. I am soooo so tired from yesterday that I have taken 2 naps... Luckily, I have awesome parents. My mom has been cooking... Continue Reading →

Mayo Clinic Day 1

Mayo Clinic Day 1 It is the end of my first day of testing. Although everyone I have encountered has been nice, professional, and helpful, I have to say -- I CANNOT WAIT FOR BED!! It has been exhausting having a test or another every hour! That said, it is all worthwhile because it should... Continue Reading →

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