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    This Teen Faints Over 6 Times A Day And Makes Vlogs About It, And It's An Eye-Opening Look Into The Life Of Someone With Multiple Chronic Illnesses

    "I faint over six times a day every day, and I haven't gone a day without fainting in over three years now."

    This is Kaya. She is 19 years old, and has multiple chronic illnesses which cause her to faint over six times a day, every day.

    Closeup of Kaya and her dog

    You may recognize Kaya from TikTok, where she documents her fainting spells in various "Day in My Life" vlogs. Her followers have even nicknamed her "Sleeping Beauty."

    In one clip that has over 7 million views, she shows just how often her fainting spells occur:

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "Mini day in the life of a person who faints over 6 times a day, everyday, for over 3 years now," she says in the clip. "Believe me, I wish I was joking, but this is just my life."

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "This is me completely zoning out, which means I'm probably [going to faint] soon."

    Screen shot of Kaya's TikTok video

    "And there I go."

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video.

    "Here was me trying to get downstairs, but I fainted. When I woke up from this spell, I tried to get up from my bedroom floor but fainted again."

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "If you're wondering why this happens to me, I still don't have a definitive answer, but basically, I have multiple chronic illnesses that manage to manifest and culminate into me fainting like an absolute maniac."

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    Kaya has Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), which is when there is an abnormality in how the brain sends and receives signals. She told BuzzFeed that this was diagnosed as the main cause of her fainting spells.

    Kaya sitting outside with her dog

    Although FND is a major contributor to her fainting spells, Kaya explained that she has been diagnosed with other illnesses that overlap with and exacerbate her symptoms.

    Kaya drinking water

    "My health issues started off as stomach issues when I was around 9 years old," she said. "FAPS (Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome) kicked into high gear at 12 years of age, and I was severely ill for 6 months. The other issues like the fainting started when I was 15. The first time I ever fainted was September 28, 2018, and I haven’t gone a day without fainting since."

    Kaya during a fainting spell

    "After that day, my disorders started to increase — visual and vestibular issues, dizziness and balance, migraines. It took about a year to figure out a lot of my diagnoses, so I didn’t get a formal diagnosis of the major disorders until I was 16 years old."

    Most of Kaya's conditions can be categorized as dysautonomia, which is an umbrella term for conditions that cause a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system affects all the non-voluntary functions of your body like heart rate, blood pressure, temperature control, digestion, and more.

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    In addition to daily fainting spells, Kaya also experiences non-epileptic seizures, heat and cold intolerance, blood pooling, lightheadedness, chronic migraines, visual issues (auras and disturbances), light sensitivity, constant dizziness, brain fog, memory loss, sensory issues, anxiety and depression, nausea and digestive issues, tremors and tics, overall weakness, chronic pain, cramping, paralysis of limbs and joints, movement issues, and chronic fatigue.

    Kaya during a non-epileptic seizure.

    Because of the frequency of her fainting spells and other symptoms, Kaya does not drive and has even taken a break from school. And although she does faint regularly, Kaya has fortunately avoided many major injuries.

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "Sometimes, I will feel a spell coming on or get a few seconds of warning, but over half are unexpected. I’ve fainted while standing, sitting, or laying down, even in the middle of conversations. Each spell can vary drastically, which makes finding a pattern to them really difficult."

    Screen shot of Kaya's TikTok video

    Kaya revealed that receiving treatment for her conditions has been a challenge, because of how little is known about a lot of her illnesses.

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video.

    "All the pressure to figure out how to balance the information and treatments from multiple providers and manage each day is really on me," she continued. "My Mom and I have had to basically become experts in trying out what the doctors suggest, while also researching and testing out tools, tips, and treatments on our own in hopes of getting some additional relief."

    Kaya experiencing a hand tremor

    And since many of her conditions affect multiple body systems, there are few medications that can easily alleviate her symptoms.

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    Despite the difficulties she's experienced with regards to testing and treatment, Kaya does remain hopeful and believes there will be a shift in how chronic diseases are addressed by medical professionals.

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "Interestingly enough, I have noticed that people suffering from Long COVID have many symptoms similar to mine," she said. "Perhaps, with a greater population experiencing the same symptoms, some progress will be made in diagnoses and treatment that may benefit me in the near future. I hope so!"

    Screen shot from Kaya's TikTok video

    "All I can do is try to do the best I can and try to remain positive and strong. Chronic illness is not for the faint of heart!"

    You can keep up with Kaya on her TikTok.