POTS is a form of dysautonomia (a dysfunction of the nervous system) and is usually diagnosed using a tilt table test, but it can also be diagnosed with an active stand test. The average diagnosis time for POTS is 5-6 years, but can be diagnosed within 6 months of the first onset of symptoms.
On the whole, dysautonomia is poorly understood by medical professionals with patients having to wait years for a diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Whether you're at school or University, studying with a chronic illness is hard and you may even think that it is impossible.
When you live with a chronic illness, insensitive comments from people come with the territory. They may come from friends, family, co-workers, medical professionals or even strangers.
Starting University can be a daunting task for anyone; add a chronic illness to the mix and you may think that it's impossible. Whether you're starting University for the first time or you're returning after a long break (like me), here are a few things that you can do to make the start of the year a bit easier.
Fatigue has always been one of my most debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, it is also the one that has been the most poorly managed by my doctors.
So you're a Spoonie, now what? Here are my five top tips for your new life with a chronic illness.