Bristol- England, Lizzie Rees always fainted every time he started to stand up or get up from a chair. But now he can stand up straight and rarely fainting after doctors gave him injections of the drug every day.
Lizzie Rees (22 years) suffering from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition that affects the ability of his body, adjust to the pull of gravity.
POTS is a form of dysautonomia that makes the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is not functioning normally, the system is the conscious control of bodily functions including breathing and balance.
This condition causes the heart rate increases every time he stood thus making it faint.Even when he would rise from a chair can make it faint, so he had to crawl by using their hands and knees or a wheelchair to walk.
“I can pass up to 5 times a day and always get a head injury from a hit,” Lizzie said from Bristol, as quoted from Dailymail.
When a person standing blood pressure usually will decline slightly, but in POTS patients blood pressure dropped quite dramatically so it makes the heart must work harder. Blood supply is not able to reach the brain quickly can make a person dizzy, blurred vision and fainting.
When 8 year old Lizzie had an infection that makes it inherited genetic condition that is more susceptible to POTS. When he was 12 years old can not get out of bed and had to be hospitalized for 14 months to find out the cause.
“I’ve met cardiologists and other specialty physicians, but no one can know,” says Lizzie who has spent most of his life in a wheelchair.
Lizzie said overall he has spent time in hospital for 3 years, can only be in bed and fed through a tube. But he was lucky to have great support from family and friends.
Until finally in September 2010, Glyn Thomas a consultant cardiologist and cardiacelectrophysiologis from Bristol Heart Institute conducted in-depth tests and prescribemedication daily injections of octreotide can increase blood pressure and preventfainting.
“I feel much better after starting treatment, I could see many people, visiting places I had never seen before and enjoy a normal life,” said Lizzie is now starting an art course at City of Bristol College.
Lizzie’s parents, Corinne (58 years) and Gareth (61 years) said that it has made a considerable difference in Lizzie’s life, what has been done by the doctors showed thatPOTS is a treatable condition.
Currently estimated there are only a few hundred people worldwide who have severePOTS Lizzie.
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