The Drs: P.O.T.S. An Invisible Illness + What Is Endometriosis?


The Doctors: Suffering From An Invisible Illness

The Doctors introduced a woman who shared that she was walking out to her car one morning when she found an envelope on her windshield. Written on the envelope, in big letters, was the word “faker.” She felt defeated and frustrated, because for years she dealt with teachers, friends, and family no believing her condition. She said it was a true slap in the face because eight years ago she was diagnosed with P.O.T.S. or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. She shared that she’s actually passed out while walking down the road, hitting her head on the curb. She’s tired of being judged based on what people see, because she’s suffering from an invisible illness.


The Doctors: Postural Orthostatic Tachychardia Syndrome

The Drs: P.O.T.S. An Invisible Illness + What Is Endometriosis?

The Doctors talked to a woman who has been suffering from an illness that is invisible to most, causing some to believe she’s faking it. (86530412@N02 / Flickr)

Her name is Julie and she joined the show. Dr Jennifer Ashton said it’s good that she’s raising awareness, showing that just because you can’t see something, doesn’t meant that the person isn’t suffering, whether it’s emotional, psychological, or physical. P.O.T.S. is when a person stands up, instead of the blood flow going all over the body as normal, a pooling of blood occurs in the pelvis and legs, causing the heart to have to beat much harder and faster.


The Doctors: Symptoms Of P.O.T.S.

Symptoms of P.O.T.S. include dizziness, fatigue, sweating, tremor, anxiety, palpitations, exercise intolerance, and loss of consciousness. It’s an autonomic condition, but you certainly can’t see it. Julie said she experiences it just about every time she stands up, and it’s certainly a reason to not judge people just because you can’t see what’s going on.

Do you know someone who suffers from an invisible illness?

The Doctors: What Is Endometriosis?

Next, The Doctors shared the latest health headlines in their News in 2:00, beginning by reporting that almost 200 million women have endometriosis. It’s a condition that is hard to diagnose but could be to blame for many infertility issues. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is find outside of the uterus, and most often the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and tissues around the uterus are affected. It can also occur elsewhere in the abdomen and each month the tissue can bleed causing horrible abdominal pain. Doctors will often prescribe pain medications but in extreme cases, surgery to remove the uterus and both ovaries is necessary.

Actress Susan Sarandon has spoken out about the condition saying “it’s not okay to miss part of your life because of pain and excessive bleeding.”

The Doctors: The Martion Starring Matt Damon

The Doctors then shared a preview for the movie The Martian, starring Matt Damon, the astronaut who was abandoned by his crew and left for dead on Mars. In the movie, Matt Damon has to figure out how he’s going to survive on the planet. The movie is based off the best-selling novel and prides itself on being realistic.

The Doctors: Ketchup To Fix Your Hair

The Doctors then know that sometimes your hair can become a little brassy or green, depending on your latest activities. Ketchup can actually save your hair if you let it sit on your hair for about 20 minutes. The acids can neutralize the chemicals that may have affected the color of your hair.


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