Move over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The new kid in town is POTS.

Updated: Jun 24, 2020


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Last year a young woman booked in for a Skype appointment. That's nothing unusual, except that on checking her address I found out she lived but 10 minutes away from my office by bus. I jumped to a whole bunch of conclusions. May be she was shy, perhaps agoraphobic? Dare I say it, even lazy. I was wrong on every count.

The girl in question, I soon discovered, as she flickered into view on my laptop screen, was suffering from POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and her legs were covered in bruises from all the times she'd passed out and fallen in the last few weeks. The full list of her symptoms was dizzying, literally.

Topping the bill were light-headedness and multiple daily fainting episodes (especially in the shower or on stand