“Orthostatic intolerance is the medical term for problems and symptoms that can occur when people stand up, or try to remain in a standing position for more than a short period of time.
“This is something that affects most people with M.E. to some degree and many doctors would regard it as a key diagnostic feature. For some people, orthostatic intolerance becomes a very disabling part of having this illness.”
Topics discussed in this leaflet include:
- What is orthostatic intolerance?
- Common exacerbating factors
- Orthostatic or postural hypotension and urinary syncope
- The cause of orthostatic symptoms
- What can a doctor do?
- Treatments and management options
- What to do if you feel faint or dizzy
- Orthostatic research
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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