A very small, yet enlightening medical commentary about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome (POTS) has recently popped up.
POTS is often -erroneously- put down to the result of deconditioning – i.e, not doing enough exercise.
It’s one of the things that people with the condition (including me) find most upsetting, the thought – sometimes spoken, more often just reflected in someone’s face, that it’s really all our own fault.
While POTS can be as the result of many things, for example, a chronic pain condition such as Ehlers Danlos syndrome, its effects can be utterly disabling. It ends up as a vicious circle of not being able to exercise or even stand up through the symptoms of dizziness, fainting, chest pain or nausea (among others) and that makes it even harder to get up because you’re weaker through lack of moving about. This is called ‘exercise intolerance’.