Does anyone know what orthostatic intolerance is???

William Byrd wrbyrd at
Sun Dec 6 15:37:03 EST 1998

She said that this doesn't work because the blood pools in her legs when she
stands, etc.  She was told that this is caused because she has poor muscle
tone and her muscles don't contract to send the blood up to her heart.
Currently she is working to improve her muscle tone by using low resistance
weight training. Thanks for the suggestion, any way.
Andrew K Fletcher wrote in message
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>Raise the head of her bed by six inches or fifteen cm, so that the whole
>slopes downward from head to toe.
>When she is sitting put extra pillows under her bottom so that when viewed
>from the side, her bottom is higher than her knees.
>Orthostatic intolerance is caused by our lack of understanding in the way
>that gravity assists/drives circulation.
>I suggest you start immediately and perhaps you could post a progress
>in a few days time?
>Horizontal bed rest and poor sitting posture should be eliminated from her
>routine in favour of an inclined posture.
>She blacks out because a negative pressure is induced by gravity as it acts
>upon concentrated liquids which result through vapour lost from the
>respiratory tract and skin.
>When she is in the wrong position a build up of these "heavier" liquids
>causes a sudden increase in the circulatory systems.
>Andrew K Fletcher
>William Byrd wrote in message
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>>The Doctor said that the sweating feet is caused because of nerve endings
>>acting up and that it has something to do with degeneration.  She does
>>low blood pressure and is drinking Gatorade and eating salt to improve
>>When she stands up she blacks out.  Sometimes it is worse than others and
>>sometimes it happens even when she is sitting down.  Her legs sometimes go
>>numb when she stands and sometimes has trouble going up and down stairs.
>>She looses her balance easily.  She has been told that she has a problem
>>with her autonomic nervous system, I think it is called dysautonomia.  In
>>addition to all of this she has first degree heart block and occasionally
>>skips beats.  Anything that anyone can tell me about this would be greatly
>>Denis Jabaudon wrote in message <3663ae9c.0 at>...
>>>Technically, orthostatic intolerance means that she doesn't feel well
>>>she is upright. However, I do not understand what this has to do with
>>>sweating feet. If you are talking about orthostatic hypotension, than it
>>>means that she has problems in maintaining a proper blood pressure when
>>>is standing (ie when she sits up rapidly). This has however nothing to do
>>>with degeneration...
>>>Hard to tell more without more information...
>>>William Byrd wrote in message ...
>>>>Hi.  A friend of mine has orthostatic intolerance and does not sweat on
>>>>feet. She was told that this was degeneration (I don't know if I spelled
>>>>this right, but it sounds something like this).  However, she can find
>>>>nothing about it in any medical books or on the internet.  Does anyone
>>>>what this is or anyhting about it or orthostatic intolerance in general?

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