Could Long Covid Be A Little Known Nervous System Problem?

Long Covid symptoms are similar to postural tachycardia syndrome or PoTS

  • Some doctors believe Covid infection is now triggering the little known illness

  • Before Covid-19, some 130,000 - mostly women - were suffering from PoTS

  • By Jonathan Neal For The Mail On Sunday

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    Some people with long Covid could actually be suffering from a common yet little-known ‘dizziness’ condition linked to problems with the nerves.

    Lingering symptoms of coronavirus infection hit up to one in 20 patients and can include palpitations, dizzy spells and fainting – which are also key characteristics of postural tachycardia syndrome, or PoTS.

    Doctors now say the similarity between the two conditions may mean Covid infection could be triggering PoTS in some cases.

    Sian Griffiths, 43, from Anglesea, north Wales, pictured, lived an active lifestyle until she was hit by Covid-19 in May 19. Having been later diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome or PoTS, her treatment involves eating Hula Hoops

    Sian Griffiths, 43, from Anglesea, north Wales, pictured, lived an active lifestyle until she was hit by Covid-19 in May 19. Having been later diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome or PoTS, her treatment involves eating Hula Hoops

    But long Covid clinics are not all routinely testing for the syndrome, a leading clinician claims, meaning many patients may be going undiagnosed and missing out on effective treatments.

    One approach to tackling PoTS is consuming more salt, which pushing up the blood pressure, helping ease symptoms. Bizarrely, one patient told The Mail on Sunday she’d found some relief by eating Hula Hoops and salted nuts every day.

    Dr Lesley Kavi, a former GP who now heads the charity PoTS UK, said: ‘We think the pandemic may have caused an explosion in cases – there are specialist services for PoTS in the NHS, and they are reporting that many of their new referrals are patients who first started having problems after catching Covid.’

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