In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 33-year-old man found himself grappling with unusual symptoms. His legs began to tingle and itch after standing for 10 minutes—a sensation he had never experienced before.
He found his legs were turning a shade of blue.
This started happening after he suffered a COVID-19 infection, and became a condition that would persist for a year and a half, ultimately leading to the publication of his case in The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals.
His symptoms were eventually tied to POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. POTS is a circulatory disorder characterized by an abnormal surge in heart rate when transitioning from sitting or lying down to a standing position. Alongside the rapid heartbeat, individuals with POTS frequently experience lightheadedness, fainting spells, and persistent fatigue.
While POTS remains a relatively uncommon condition, it still affects an estimated five hundred thousand to one million people in the United States. It is predominantly experienced by women between the ages of 15 and 50, but can affect individuals of any age or gender.

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