Skip to main content

Listening Time — 13

When Elizabeth first walked into the Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center and saw someone faint right in front of her, she knew that she was in the right place. 

At this point Elizabeth had been struggling with chronic pain and a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, for several years. Her symptoms included migraine headaches, vision and hearing problems, and fainting also became a daily occurrence for her. 

Her symptoms were so severe, they forced Elizabeth out of school, into bed, and out from the activities that she loved. Her friendships dissolved, and she struggled to find effective treatments for her numerous ailments. 

That's when she found the 1-month treatment program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her intensive care included daily physical therapy treatments and significant patient education. Gradually, she became stronger and stronger and in less pain.

Her recovery was so significant and profound, Elizabeth is now a sophomore in college studying to become a physical therapist. 

Download the podcast on Apple Podcasts or listen below:

Read more about Elizabeth's story.

Read more about chronic pain.

Elizabeth Sprague is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of New England majoring in health, wellness, and occupational studies, with plans to attend physical therapy school after graduation. She works in the school's Chronic and Acute Pain Research Lab, and mentors children struggling with autonomic dysfunction. 

Is this content helpful?

Thanks for the feedback!

Thank you. Your feedback has been sent.


You Might Also Like...

Podcast

Juvenile Arthritis: A Young Adult's Trials and Triumphs Through Physical Therapy

Jul 1, 2021

Christina Iversen shares about living with juvenile arthritis and offers support and hope for others with the condition, and for parents.

Podcast

Early Physical Therapy A Life Changer For Toddler After a Perinatal Stroke

May 6, 2021

A mother driven to help her infant son discovers the Early Intervention Program and fought to get him access to therapies that helped him thrive and keep

Podcast

Physical Therapy Helps Child Thrive After Severe Brain Damage

Jan 6, 2021

What do you do when a complication during delivery starves your newborn's brain of oxygen and doctors tell you he might never speak or walk?