I saw a thread on Twitter a few months ago where people stated the number of doctors they had to see to get their final diagnosis. This month marks my four-year anniversary with POTS. I recently sat down and considered my time with chronic illness with regards to numbers. Here’s what I came up with:
Total number of years: 4
Number of doctors: 18
Number of nurses: 11
Number of scans: 16
Number of other tests: 2
Number of medications tried: 5
Number of other treatments: 2
Financial cost (inc. loss of income): £ 65,000
Of course, these numbers are approximate and the time I had to wait for a diagnosis of POTS is well below average (the average waiting time is currently 5/6 years). Why not consider your illness in numbers, your results may surprise you.
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