Patient Name: Lauren
In episode 01, Lauren talks about her long diagnostic process, misdiagnoses, diagnostic delay, and gives us a crash course on just what dysautonomia is. She is the president of Dysautonomia International, a nonprofit she started in 2012, which has gone on to raise considerable funds for research in a neglected field, and hosts an annual patient-centered conference that doesn’t follow any rules. We talk about that research and the conference, and how exciting it is to get in a room with 400 other people who get it, don’t think you’re crazy, and might even share their Gatorade with you.
Lauren lives with Sjogren’s Syndrome and dysautonomia that includes Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST), and Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS).
Dysautonomia is a blanket term for conditions that affect the Autonomic Nervous System, which is responsible for all the stuff that's supposed to happen automatically in your body. The Dysautonomia Series features interviews with multiple POTS patients with different primary diagnoses to give a better understanding of the varied issues we each face.