“I can’t stand for more than three minutes without feeling weak, sick, or passing out.” (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

A woman who says she is allergic to gravity faints 10 times a day and cannot stand for more than 3 minutes without fainting.

His condition, postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), requires him to stay in bed for up to 23 hours a day, getting up only to eat and shower.

Lindsey Johnson’s symptoms began in October 2015 with stomach and back pain.

A 28-year-old woman’s health deteriorated and she had been vomiting several times a day for several years.

After years of back and forth with doctors, Lindsay was diagnosed in February 2022 with PoTS (abnormal increase in heart rate after standing up).

Lindsey calls this condition “allergic to gravity.”

Lindy before she got sick

Lyndsi before she got sick (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

“I’m allergic to gravity — it might sound crazy, but it’s true,” said Lindsey, who worked as an aviation diesel mechanic in the Navy.

“I can’t stand for more than three minutes without feeling tired, sick, or exhausted.

– Lying down makes you feel better. I am in bed all day, up to 23 hours a day.

At 28, I never thought I’d have a shower chair.

“I can’t leave the house anymore.”

“I can’t leave the house anymore” (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

Originally from Bangor, Maine, Lindsay was discharged from the Navy in May 2018.

After less than half a year, I began to experience severe stomach pains and nausea.

“It was so bad. I was screaming in pain and throwing up was an exorcism,” Lindsay said.

Lindsey Johnson in the US Navy

He was medically discharged from the Navy in 2018 (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

As his condition worsened, the doctors were at a loss.

She was hospitalized several times before being diagnosed, but Lindsey was told her symptoms were likely related to anxiety.

“I was really scared,” he said.

“From there, my heart rate got worse. I was nervous everywhere: I was grocery shopping and felt weak, I was in the gym and had to sit down.”

“I lost it too after the dog barked.”

Lindsey had trouble getting out of the car, she couldn’t even bend over and she didn’t feel fat.

“I was in the hospital for a heart check because I was throwing up so much that my heart had QT prolongation,” she recalls.

“I was finally able to talk to another cardiologist who realized I might have PoTS.”

Finally in 2022, Lindsey underwent a tilt test that measures blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen in February 2022 and was officially diagnosed.

“I’m so thankful that I finally understood what was wrong with me because I was able to get treatment,” she said.

“I never thought I’d use a shower chair at 28.” (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

She is now taking a beta-blocker, which has reduced her weakness to three meals a day and helped ease her nausea, but Lindsay still can’t do anything for herself and needs the help of a caregiver. husband James (30). .

“There is no cure, but I am very grateful for what James and I have,” she said.

“I can’t do anything yet. I’m so tired. I can’t do the housework and James has to help with cooking, cleaning, showering and washing up.”

“I went weeks without brushing my teeth because I felt bad.

“If you feed me and James, I’ll go to bed and not be able to do anything for the next three days.”

Lindy Johnson

“I really had to adjust to this new life” (Image: Lyndsi Johnson/SWNS)

Lindsey realizes how different her life is now and wants to move out of her apartment to a house where she can spend more time outdoors.

“It’s fine if I go to bed, but as soon as I get up, I feel dizzy and anxious,” she said.

I really had to adapt and adjust to this new life.

I use a mobility aid and it really helps.

I am grateful for what I have and I can still learn the music business. This is great.

They took the rug out from under my feet – I was too active and had to lie down all day.

“I can’t do a lot of the things I used to do, but now I’ve come to accept it.”

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