Yes, POTS can potentially qualify as a disability under the Social Security Administration (SSA) Blue Book Listing.

Whether POTS qualifies as a disability depends on the severity of the symptoms and the impact they have on the individual’s ability to carry out daily activities, including work, school, or other tasks.

In some cases, POTS can be disabling, and individuals with severe symptoms may be eligible for disability benefits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Social Security Administration (SSA). 

However, each case is evaluated on an individual basis, and the eligibility for disability benefits depends on the specific circumstances of the individual’s situation.

What is POTS?

POTS stands for “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome”. It is a type of dysautonomia, which is a medical condition that affects the autonomic nervous system.

People with POTS experience a rapid heart rate and other symptoms when they stand up or change position from sitting or lying down. This happens because their body is not able to adjust to the change in posture, which leads to a decrease in blood flow to the brain and other organs.

What Are The Symptoms Of POTS

POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) can cause a wide range of symptoms that can vary in severity from person to person. 

Some of the most common symptoms of POTS include:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness upon standing up or changing positions
  • Fainting or near-fainting episodes
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Blurred vision or visual disturbances

These symptoms can occur at any time but are often triggered by standing up, walking, or other physical activity. Symptoms can also worsen during hot weather or when the person is dehydrated.

Types Of POTS

There are several different types of POTS that are classified based on their underlying cause or associated medical condition. 

Some of the most common types of POTS include:

  • Primary: This type of POTS is also known as idiopathic POTS, which means that it has no clear underlying cause or associated medical condition. It is the most common type of POTS.
  • Secondary: This type of POTS is associated with an underlying medical condition or trigger. Some of the conditions that can cause secondary POTS include diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and certain neurological disorders.
  • Neuropathic: This type of POTS is caused by damage or dysfunction to the nerves that control blood vessel dilation and constriction.
  • Hyperadrenergic: This type of POTS is associated with an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which can lead to high levels of adrenaline and other stress hormones.
  • Low flow: This type of POTS is caused by reduced blood volume or blood flow, which can occur as a result of dehydration, blood loss, or other medical conditions.
  • Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST): While not technically a type of POTS, IST is a related condition that involves an abnormally high resting heart rate.

Each type of POTS can have slightly different symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. It is important to work with a healthcare professional to identify the specific type of POTS and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Can You Get Disability For POTS?

Yes, it is possible to qualify for disability benefits due to POTS. However, the eligibility for disability benefits depends on the severity of the condition and the impact it has on the individual’s ability to work.

To qualify for disability benefits, an individual must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This involves meeting the requirements of the SSA’s Blue Book Listing for POTS or providing medical evidence that the condition is severe enough to prevent the individual from performing their job duties.

In general, to qualify for disability benefits for POTS, an individual must provide evidence of the following:

  • A diagnosis of POTS from a qualified medical professional
  • Medical evidence of a persistent increase in heart rate of 30 beats per minute or more within ten minutes of standing up, or a heart rate that exceeds 120 beats per minute
  • Medical evidence of a drop in blood pressure within three minutes of standing up
  • Evidence of symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, and lightheadedness that significantly affect the individual’s ability to work

How to apply for disability benefits For POTS?

To apply for disability benefits for POTS, you can follow these steps:

  • Check your eligibility: Before applying, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability benefits. You must have a medical condition that meets the SSA’s definition of disability and have earned enough work credits to qualify.
  • Gather medical documentation: You will need to provide medical documentation that supports your POTS diagnosis, including medical records, test results, and any treatment plans you have been following.
  • Complete the application: You can apply for disability benefits online at the Social Security Administration’s website or by scheduling an appointment to apply in person at your local SSA office.
  • Wait for a decision: Once your application is submitted, the SSA will review your medical documentation and other information to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for disability benefits. This process can take several months or longer.
  • Appeal if necessary: If your initial application is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. You may want to consider working with a disability attorney or advocate to help with the appeals process.

It is important to note that the application process for disability benefits can be complex, and it may be helpful to consult with an experienced Social security disability attorney to help with the process.