Bethenny Frankel is opening up about her health struggles.
On Thursday (February 23), the 52-year-old Real Housewives of New York alum shared an emotional video and message about her worsening battle with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
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POTS is a condition that “causes a number of symptoms when you transition from lying down to standing up, such as a fast heart rate, dizziness and fatigue,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. There is currently no cure, but lifestyle changes and different treatments can help manage the symptoms.
“There were some comments about my face looking different in recent videos, so here is why,” Bethenny started in a video shared on Instagram. “I’m bloated, swollen and I’ve gained 4 lbs in 3 days because my body is desperately hanging on to any water it can.”
“A while back I shared what has been a serious battle with POTS,” Bethenny continued. “This is an auto-immune disorder that seems to have been drastically exacerbated since COVID. I know there are many of you out there, so thanks for all of the information. It’s certainly a condition to manage.”
“I suffer from chronic severe dehydration,” Bethenny said, adding that she drinks liters of water, Pedialyte, and kombucha. “I have always experienced extremely low blood pressure and dehydration, but it’s gotten exponentially worse.”
She continued, “I make a tremendous effort to stay hydrated, get IV’s, and I haven’t had liquor for 6 months. I’m basically on the case.”Altitude and a dry climate (in my favorite place in the world to do my favorite sport) present additional challenges.”
Bethenny concluded her message by writing, “PS. When you comment on someone’s physical appearance, you may not know exactly what they’re enduring personally, physically and emotionally.”
If you missed it, Bethenny revealed the plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures she’s had done.
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