QB’s Wife Has Lyme & POTS

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Nick Foles’ Wife Tori, Sick With Lyme Disease, Cites Faith

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Nick and Tori Foles.

Nick Foles’ wife, Tori Foles, is sick with a dual diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Lyme disease. What are these illnesses and what problems do they cause the spouse of the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback?

Tori Foles wrote a lengthy blog post about the ailments for a site called The Increase Women. Although she described some of the challenges caused by the health problems, she also credited them with reinforcing her family’s faith. Tori, and the couple’s only daughter, Lily, who was born in June 2017, were captured on camera at Super Bowl 2018 cheering Nick Foles on.

After the Eagles won, Nick Foles held Lily in his arms as he addressed the crowd.

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“My life was altered in 2013 when I was diagnosed with an unexpected illness. A year after working at Nike Inc. and living an active lifestyle in Portland, OR, everything changed. I suddenly became ill and had no idea why. I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS),” Tori wrote. “Eventually, this would lead to an underlying diagnosis of Lyme Disease.” Tori described the illness as something that brought her and husband, Nick, closer to God. Nick Foles has been very open about his faith, even saying that he hopes to become a pastor after leaving the NFL.

According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, Tori and Nick “were married during a time Tori was undergoing tests at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which is around the time Foles felt his focus and priorities shift from football. In 2013, Tori was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and later diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her heart rate could raise 30 beats per minute just from sitting and standing.”

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The Post quoted Nick Foles as saying of his wife’s illness: “We never had a wedding ceremony. We never had a honeymoon. Just the journey we’ve gone on and gone through this and just to see her strength and to see her determination and to see her health continue to improve. And she still deals with it. It’s amazing. It gives me strength because I know she deals with it every single day.”

 

Postural Orthostatis Tachycardia Syndrome, often called POTS, is “a malfunction of the patient’s autonomic nervous system” that affects patients differently. “Some patients have fairly mild symptoms and can continue with normal work, school, social and recreational activities. For others, symptoms may be so severe that normal life activities, such as bathing, housework, eating, sitting upright, walking or standing can be significantly limited,” reports Dysautonomia International.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans.”

Tori filled the blog post with statements of faith. “For me, this illness has been a journey of faith, hope, and trust in the process that God has set out for me. Through my writing and my blog, I hope to be able to give some perspective on how to view difficult situations and help inspire people to find purpose in what they are going through. Most of all, I hope to lead people closer to the source of my hope and strength, Jesus Christ,” she wrote.

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Tori and Nick married in 2014. In June 2017, Tori gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lily James Foles. Nick grew emotional when speaking about his wife and daughter before Super Bowl 2018. “That’s the most important thing,” Foles said. “When I think about this journey and everything, I get home and I, uh … I get to see her. I get to see my wife. I see her and my wife, just in her face and in her mannerisms, that’s what it’s about. I know that every time I step on the field, every single thing I do, there’s going to be some days she looks and wants to know who her daddy was and what he did.”

You can watch the emotional moment here:

Nick Foles tears up when talking about playing well for his daughter and setting an example

In one cute moment, Lily tried to grab the microphone after her dad was speaking following his big victory.

Learn more about Nick Foles’ faith here.

Nick Foles’ Religion: The Eagles’ QB Wants to Be Pastor

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Dr. Horowitz writes about POTS in his book, Why Can’t I Get Better?  Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease.  He states that it is a common disease process that is often missed and that it can mimic Lyme/MSIDS and if not dealt with can lead to a poor treatment response. He describes numerous Lyme patients he’s treated with POTS.

POTS is in a long line of disorders that can keep folks from getting better.  It is a form of autonomic nervous system dysfunction (ANS) or dysautonomia that causes a malfunction in the nerves controlling blood pressure, heart rate, sweat glands, and bladder and bowel function.  He cites a 2007 Mayo POTS study and the ironic fact that many of the participants also had common Lyme/MSIDS symptoms.  

One of his patients complained of becoming light headed when standing up. Her blood pressure dropped to the low eighties over fifties with an accompanying increase in heart rate.  He explained she was chronically running low blood pressure – which can be a reason for dizziness, fatigue, and concentration problems.

The definitive test for POTS is the head-up tilt-table test (HUT).  It is done in the hospital and the patient lies flat on a special table while the heart rate is monitored and blood pressure checked.  The special table is then put in a 60-80 degree position and the variables are measured again.  If the HR increases more than 30 beats or to more than 120 beats per minute even within 10 minutes of the test, and a significant drop in blood pressure with dizziness and/or fainting, POTS is the cause.

Evidently POTS patients feel better with increased salt and fluids in their diet and another of his patients upon the POTS diagnosis was prescribed Florinef, a high-salt diet, and told to drink 2-3 Liters of fluid a day to increase blood pressure.  Another drug he’s used with success is Catapres. Others in the literature include Diamox, Mestinon, and IV Procrit therapy.