You Don’t Look Sick: ‘You Might Think I Look Better But I Still Feel Horrible Every Day’

Frustration Chronic Illness

By Laura Abernethy in The Metro.

Amy Norris, 23, from Southampton has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis) (CFS/ME). As part of our, You Don’t Look Sick series about invisible illnesses, Amy chatted to Metro.co.uk about living with both conditions and how most people still don’t understand chronic conditions. PoTS is caused by an abnormal response to the autonomic nervous system, which means blood is not pulled downwards when you sit or stand up and there is a drop in blood supply to the heart and the brain. The heart rate speeds up to compensate. It causes symptoms including dizziness, feeling sick and frequent fainting spells. CFS is a condition that causes extreme and overwhelming fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest or sleep. Amy was diagnosed with CFS first when she was 13 years old as she was suffering from extreme exhaustion.

 

 

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