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Power Over POTS: A Family Guide for Managing Postural Tachycardia Syndrome by Scheldon Kress, M.D. is a book designed to help families understand and manage the complexities of POTS syndrome, as well as the diseases that co-exist with this hard-to-recognize condition. This in-depth guide explains how this common, often overlooked disorder can wreak havoc on a patient’s ability to function if not discovered and addressed as early as possible. The chapters describe the various symptoms of POTS, the body systems affected and why, family support tips, coping strategies, a Power Over POTS recovery program, and so much more. Although it’s written to support those affected and their families, physicians, health professionals, and counselors will benefit greatly from this book, so that they may identify and treat the root cause, thus reducing the percentage of misdiagnoses and helping those who suffer get off the merry-go-round and begin the journey of taking their life back.
A lot of work went into this amazing read. Power Over POTS by Scheldon Kress, M.D. is one of the most detailed books I’ve ever read about this condition, from which I personally suffer. When I was first diagnosed with Dysautonomia, Ehlers-Danlos, POTS, and MCAD a decade ago, little was known about it throughout the standard medical community. I was given no information, a pamphlet, and resources (thank goodness for the internet). I had been misdiagnosed a zillion times before a caring, intelligent M.D. at the Fibromyalgia center took the time to review twenty years of my files. He knew exactly what it was. The relief! It’s hard when you’re searching for medical support and they look at you as if you have three heads when you say, “I have Mast Cell Activation and POTS, my body goes pretty bonkers.” In my experience, there are only a handful of doctors in the US that even treat MCAD, which many times goes along with POTS. Every doctor should have a copy of this well-researched, exceptionally-written, informative book. My husband and I sat and read it together and I just kept saying, “Yes, this is exactly what we’ve been going through!” The detailed information, strategies for special situations, vast understanding of this condition, added terminology section, and resources make this a brilliant must-read for patients, families, and the entire medical community alike. I wish I could give this book twenty stars. Excellent job!