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28-year-old discovers she is "allergic to gravity": she can't get out of bed for more than 3 minutes

September 15, 2022 • By Mark Bennett

Although medicine and science are constantly advancing, there are still many symptoms and syndromes to which doctors cannot give real answers. Lyndsi Johnson, for example, is a 28-year-old girl who suddenly developed a series of rather severe symptoms, to which the doctors could not immediately give an answer. Lyndsi started feeling sick in 2015 and within a few years, her symptoms have worsened so much that she is now bedridden. The reason? She is "allergic to gravity".

Lyndsi revealed that she can no longer leave the house or even get out of bed during the day, except for a few minutes, without fainting. "I'm allergic to gravity - it sounds crazy but it's true," said the young woman, "I can't stand for more than three minutes without feeling sick or passing out. I feel much better lying down. I'm always in bed, for 23 hours a day," said the distraught woman. Before reaching this diagnosis, however, the doctors were not sure which way to turn. After years of visits and checkups, in February 2022, she was finally diagnosed with a rare condition: postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) - a disease that manifests itself with an abnormal increase in heart rate that occurs when sitting or standing up.

For Lyndsi, who previously worked as a Navy Air Force mechanic, it was a decidedly a traumatic life change: from being a very active person, she became a woman who can barely get out of bed for more than a few minutes. It is clear that this is an extremely debilitating condition, but the young woman is trying to deal with it in the best possible way. Her husband, James, has stayed by her side during this difficult time and takes care of everything: cleaning the house, cooking, washing her, etc.

Lyndsi described how it all began: the symptoms appeared while she was still working in the navy; in 2018 she was forced to leave military service because of the physical discomfort she felt got much worse. Chronic fatigue, vomiting, migraines and, finally, fainting, are the symptoms that brought the young woman to her current state. "I never thought that at 28 years of age, I would have to use a shower chair. I can no longer leave the house. There is no cure, but I am very grateful to have James in my life," said Lyndsi. Once the syndrome was recognized, the young woman started a therapy based on beta-blockers, which reduced her fainting spells and helped her with her nausea. Unfortunately, there is no full cure, and she can only get out of bed to eat or shower. But hopefully, a more effective cure will be found in the future.

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