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Stories about living with orthostatic intolerance

What is the Impact of Living on Too Much Adrenaline?

Are you running around on adrenaline, much like ‘roadrunner’ just running non stop?  Living on too much adrenaline?

Following my own rather large run in with adrenaline and the diagnosis of having dysautonomia and being hyperadrenergic (a-dren-err-gic – I still have problems saying it) I’ve become somewhat interested in the role it plays on the body and thought I would share some of what I know.  So here goes…. Continue reading What is the Impact of Living on Too Much Adrenaline?

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 12 “How to Manage Panic Attacks”

One of the symptoms of living with dysautonomia is so-called panic attacks.  Here’s “How to Manage Panic Attacks without Panicking!”

40% of people deal with panic attacks at some point in their life and often in silence.

I think it’s time we lifted the lid and talked about how to manage panic attacks, what they feel like and what can cause them. Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 12 “How to Manage Panic Attacks”

Rachel Gorman: Living well with chronic illness

Living well with chronic illness… How acupuncture, Chinese medicine and Yoga can change your life…

Rachel Gorman was diagnosed with idiopathic POTS, fibromyalgia, gastroparesis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and a multitude of other ‘opathies over a 4 year period from 2012 to 2016.

Continue reading Rachel Gorman: Living well with chronic illness

Exercising with Dysautonomia – Part 3 – “Cardio is too Hardio”

My trials and tribulations of exercising with dysautonomia!

If you’re living with dysautonomia, you’ve probably been told to exercise to improve your predicament. However, it doesn’t always work out that way.  Here’s my story of why I found exercising with dysautonomia hard.

Previous Spesh set me on a routine of daily cardio to grow my blood volume and recondition me and my muscles back to health.  At least, that was the plan.

Here’s a bit of before and after of what has resulted: Continue reading Exercising with Dysautonomia – Part 3 – “Cardio is too Hardio”

Do I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)?

Dizzy? Clumsy? Bruise easily?  Joint pain? Feel faint? Get tired a lot?  Feel anxious?

You might have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobile Type) or hypermobility – a genetic connective tissue disorder.

Continue reading Do I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)?

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 6 “The Goldilocks Plan”

“The Goldilocks Plan” to living with dysautonomia and EDS.

Living with dysautonomia and EDS has been a massive rollercoaster.

The downs have been many but I wouldn’t have made it through the last two years without the ups.

The ups are simply those gorgeous people around me who have helped keep me sane and to feel cared for.  Numero uno, my husband (who does just about everything there is to do around here), then there are my children (for forever giving me something to laugh about and for just loving their mum), my family (for being there during the tough times and helping me in whatever way I needed it) and, finally, my friends (the rock stars who have stuck by me and not put me in the ‘too hard’ basket).

This last year has also been about developing what I’ve now called my Goldilocks recovery plan.  So named because quite simply it’s been about finding out what’s ‘just right’ for me.  There has been much trial and error!

This last year has been about developing what I've now called my Goldilocks recovery plan. Click To Tweet

Here’s the list of my do’s and don’ts which hopefully should help others suffering from dysautonomia and EDS. Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 6 “The Goldilocks Plan”

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 5 “Me Wiring is Off”

What living with dysautonomia and EDS feels like – “Me Wiring is Off”

When things went wrong 18 months ago, it felt like a malfunction, like the machine went wrong or like the accelerator got left in the on position.  Well yesterday I got validation this is indeed correct.  It’s called neurally mediated hypotension. Da dah! Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 5 “Me Wiring is Off”