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 ME/CFS 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, Symptoms, 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.
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