BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, is a relatively new diagnosis affecting many young women and doctors say it's an epidemic.
One local woman says her quality of life has declined since being diagnosed with POTS. And she, along with doctors, are asking, how does this happen?
Ericka Robinson takes five different medications daily. But it hasn't always been like this. In 2006, she noticed her quality of life was changing. The symptoms lasted for over a year before Robinson received an unsettling diagnosis.
She was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. POTS is when blood settles in the legs, causing poor circulation, resulting in someone passing out, and it's becoming a common diagnosis.
Symptoms include dizziness, weakness and discomfort. Yet the disorder is a relatively new concept.
According to the Department of Public Health, one out of every 100 teenagers are diagnosed with POTS, with women five times more likely to be diagnosed than men.
The cause of POTS is "unknown," but may be triggered by car accidents, a traumatic life event, or major surgery. The syndrome is not life-threatening, but the challenges are daily.