Recovered from Covid19 but still feeling bad

Most most people who were infected by SARS-CoV-2 virus were back to normal life within two to three weeks after the Covid19 disease. Nevertheless, the data suggest that there are more and more people even those who had mild version of this diseases. They continue to suffer and experience symptoms although they have recovered and proved to be PCR test negative. Hence, the data suggest that 1 in 20 persons with this diseases that appear to have hundreds of faces, are likely to develop so called post Covid-19 symptoms that can persist for nine weeks or more. People that suffer from this syndrome are also called “long haulers”.

Blood clots side effect

Although C-19 is seen as a disease that primarily affects the lungs, it can damage many other organs as well. This organ damage may increase the risk of long-term health problems. So far, we know that Covid19 can make blood cells more likely to clump up and form so called clots. While large clots can cause heart attacks and strokes, much of the heart damage caused by this disease is believed to stem from very small clots that block tiny blood vessels (capillaries) in the heart muscle.

Post Covid19 neurological syndrome

These blood clots can affect not only our respiratory system but also gastrointestinal, endocrinology, central nervous system. In other words, the Covid19 as well as post Covid19 syndrome can seriously affect and damage not only your lungs, but also your heart, kidney, liver and brain. When it comes to brain- it is connected with so called neurological post Covid19 syndrome that can trigger strokes, seizures and Guillain-Barre syndrome, even among younger people. Furthermore, it may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Some adults and children experience multisystem inflammatory syndrome after they have had C-19 . In this condition, some organs and tissues become severely inflamed.

How does the post Covid19 syndromes manifest themselves?

In addition to the immediate clinical effects of SARS-CoV-2, it’s clear that this virus have long-term manifestations. These symptoms, are known as post-COVID-19 syndrome. People affected are called Covid19 Long Haulers. The symptoms persist usually at least 4 weeks after a COVID-19 infection has resolved. However, for many people, these symptoms last much longer , at least 2 to 6 months. This syndrome affects a large constellation of symptoms, whereby fatigue appears to be the most common, followed by shortness of breath and other pulmonary symptoms.

The most common long hauler symptoms include: Fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbances, shortness of breath, body aches, joint pain, neurological symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, persistent insomnia, sleeping disorder, loss of taste or smell, blurred vision, reduced cognitive capacities, etc.

It is clear that most of the symptoms are a result of an overactive immune system response resulting in cytokines. These are our body’s anti-inflammatory cells, that can cause inflammation and problems with many or all of the organs in the body. As a matter of fact, this is the same mechanism that occurs in many autoimmune disorders.

Your health state and lifestyle matter

When evaluating patients who appear to have post-COVID-19 syndrome, as with any patient who experienced a major medical event or trauma, there are three aspects to consider. First, the patient as a whole, before the event. The event itself while sick, and the experience after the event. It’s because many patients also had hypertension, diabetes, obesity and other infections that may predispose them to severe infection and issues later in life. For instance, people with prolonged hypertension may have chronic microvascular disease in their brain, which may lead to brain issues later in life.

Brain under attack

The disease itself, can cause all sorts of problems with inflammatory responses in the brain and around the heart, around the nerves, around the muscles, etc. Additionally, treatment during the disease may affect long-term health outcomes. For instance, after experiencing the disease or trauma, people experience their own mental health reactions and their family’s reaction. For example, patients who were hospitalized for long periods of time have demonstrated signs of PTSP, anxiety and depression as a reaction to their experience. Furthermore, having family or friends be anxious and afraid of patients after they recover from this diseases may contribute to these issues. All these factors combined are plumping out the picture of the disease itself. Therefore, it’s important to stay away from the toxic surroundings – be it media, social networks but also toxic and anxious people.

Toxic pandemic life

We live in an increasingly challenging and changing world filled with uncertainties when it comes tomorrow. We’re so busy and overwhelmed that we tend to search for the easiest means to gain something. Be it the most efficient way to complete a task or the easiest way to grab a meal. Unfortunately, in many cases, these shortcuts manifested through number of bad habits e develop throughput our life tend to be the most harmful. As a result it affect people mental and physical health and decreases an overall quality of life.

Therefore, you’d better take control of your life? Optimize your health because it’s part of fulfilling your potential and live meaningful life. 

Ask for a help

If you still feel sad, worried, scared or having trouble thinking of ways to help yourself, you might be showing the early warning signs of anxiety or depression. If you find yourself unable to deal with all those post Covid19 syndrome recovery, call or text

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Mirella Rasic Paolini, Holistički terapeut