My Health

POTS/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
A condition called POTS, a form of Dysautonomia, is a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. It controls the things you don't think about, such as your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature control, blood flow, kidney function, respiratory and digestive system, so mine do not work as well, which gives me many symptoms, such as a fast heart rate, low blood pressure, fainting, breathing difficulty, and more.
POTS is when there is an abnormal increase in heart rate when the body goes from a lying position to a standing position. Mine for example, used to go from 100 beats per minute, to 180 beats per minute just by standing, which causes me to collapse or faint if i'm stood for too long. Because of that, it makes daily activities really hard to do sometimes. I now use a wheelchair so I still have the opportunity to go out and enjoy myself without having to worry about fainting.
I'm trying to focus on what I can do, rather that what I can't do, and keep a positive outlook on everything, as things could be worse. There is currently no cure, but i'm hoping eventually i'll learn to cope and manage POTS so things won't be as difficult.
I can have bad days, but I can also have good days.

EDS/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Many POTS patients have EDS, which is a group of rare inherited conditions that affect connective tissue, this can result in unstable joints, joint pain, skin that bruises easily and much much more. I haven't had a diagnosis, but my doctor thinks it's highly likely this is what caused POTS as i recently was told i have hyper mobility syndrome.

Fibromyalgia
This year (2017) I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes sensitivity and pain all over the body

Underactive Thyroid
I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid a little before i found out i had POTS. This means my thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones, which causes tiredness, weight gain, depression, and muscle aches. It's common and most can easily be treated with medication, like me!

Pernicious Anaemia 

Pernicious anaemia causes your immune system to attack the cells in your stomach that produce the intrinsic factor, which means your body is unable to absorb vitamin B12. I've had b12 jabs every 3 months for the last couple of years. Without the jabs, i get extremely tired, very pale, breathless and faint.

Please join me on my journey to raise awareness for these conditions! I have many friends suffering from the same, or similar chronic illnesses, the more people that are aware, the better!