A Common Form Of Dysautonomia
POTS is a condition of the autonomic nervous system which largely affects women of child-bearing age but can be experienced by both men and women of any age.
The autonomic nervous system controls many of the ‘unconscious’ functions of the body including:
- Heart rate and blood pressure regulation
- Bladder regulation
- Gut movement and digestion
- Temperature control
- Stress responses (fight or flight)
This explains why those with POTS often present with a vast array of seemingly unrelated symptoms such as fatigue, headache, gut disturbance, dizziness, pain, poor concentration and light-headedness.
POTS is associated with high levels of social, economic and health burden.
Many who experience the condition, find it difficult to work, engage in social activities or attend school.
25% of POTS patients report having to stop work or education due to the impact of the condition on their health.
Despite this, many still report a significant delay in diagnosis.
Two of the most commonly prescribed medications used for the management of POTS, are not available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia.
Leaving many with the condition, in the difficult position of not being able to afford treatment.
Please help us to make a change for the better and provide a brighter future for those living with POTS, through improving education, advocacy and research.