10/19/22 Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP) Webinar: POTS in Children and Young Adults with Chronic Pain
Presenter: Dr. William Zempsky, MD, Director of the University of Connecticut Pediatric Pain Program.
Youth with chronic pain face a unique set of challenges and often have common overlapping diagnoses. One of these co-occuring conditions is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – known as POTS. POTS is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system (think your “fight or flight” system) that results in an inability to tolerate positional changes – such as going from sitting or laying down to standing upright. POTS symptoms frequently include dizziness, fatigue, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, excessive thirst, brain fog, neck or chest pain, and swelling in the lower extremities. These symptoms may disrupt how an individual is feeling on a daily basis, but POTS does not usually place the child’s or young adult’s life in danger. The cause of POTS is currently unknown. Some develop symptoms after an infection, injury, surgery, or traumatic event.
Facing a new POTS diagnosis can be scary and confusing for patients, children, parents, families, and friends. What can you do to support yourself or your child with a POTS diagnosis?
Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP) hosted an online webinar event for youth, young adults, parents, and caregivers featuring Dr. William Zempsky, MD, discussing evidence-based ways to manage POTS and chronic pain most effectively through lifestyle and behavioral modifications, in addition to explaining some multimodal pharmacologic approaches for you to discuss with your or your child’s doctor. Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions.