Christina Applegate Shares 13-Year-Old Daughter Sadie’s Battle with POTS: ‘I Hate It for You…’

Christina Applegate recently revealed that her 13-year-old daughter, Sadie, has been diagnosed with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). Sadie opened up about her condition on Applegate’s “MeSsy” podcast, shedding light on the challenges she faces with this autonomic nervous system disorder.

POTS causes symptoms like a fast heart rate, dizziness, and fatigue when transitioning from lying down to standing up. Although there is no cure for POTS, various treatments and lifestyle changes can help manage its symptoms.

Sadie shared her struggles with POTS, including having to leave her sixth-grade classes multiple times a day to visit the nurse due to feeling dizzy and weak when standing up. She expressed frustration with how her symptoms were initially dismissed as anxiety by some, causing physical and emotional distress.

Applegate admitted to initially downplaying Sadie’s symptoms, realizing the impact it had on her daughter’s well-being. She compared their experiences, mentioning her own diagnosis with multiple sclerosis and how external stressors can worsen symptoms.

Despite the challenges, Sadie gained a newfound understanding of her mother’s struggles with health issues. Witnessing her mom’s pain and tremors made her empathetic and appreciative of the support and care she receives.

The family’s journey with POTS highlights the importance of awareness and advocacy for those living with chronic illnesses. By sharing their story, Applegate and Sadie hope to bring attention to POTS and encourage compassion and understanding for those facing similar health battles.

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