By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

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:

illness in numbers

Total number of years: 4

Number of doctors: 18

Number of nurses: 11

Number of scans: 16

Number of other tests: 2

Number of positive results: 1

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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