MAXIMIZING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PATIENTS STRUGGLING WITH
ADULTS IN THE USA HAVE LONG COVID SYMPTOMS LASTING 3 MONTHS OR MORE AFTER INFECTION
OF LONG COVID PATIENTS ARE FEMALE. WHILE MEN MAKE UP 5.5%.
AS MANY YOUNGER ADULTS HAVE LONG COVID THAN THOSE AGED 80 OR OLDER
Long COVID or post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome is when individuals experience persistent symptoms or new health issues that develop after an initial COVID-19 infection. While most people recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some individuals continue to experience symptoms for months and now years. People with Long COVID are often referred to as COVID long haulers. Long haulers do not test positive for COVID-19 but still experience new or worsening symptoms months or years after their initial diagnosis.
While more research is needed about Long COVID, surprising statistics are coming out about the impact Long COVID has on millions of Americans. Northeastern University Professor David Lazer shares that people with Long COVID are less likely to be employed by a shocking 16%. As of mid-April in 2023, over half a million Americans have stopped working entirely due to Long COVID's harmful impact on their daily lives, according to Katie Bach with the Brookings Institution. As of 2022, Long COVID became a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, allowing people with Long COVID access to financial assistance from the government.
The symptoms below will give people an understanding of what may happen to a person experiencing the effects of Long COVID.
Common symptoms of Long Covid can vary widely and may include:
1. Fatigue: Persistent and debilitating fatigue that significantly impacts daily functioning.
2. Respiratory Issues: Difficulty breathing or experiencing breathlessness, even
during light physical activity. Coughs, chest pains, and a rapid heart rate are also reported.
3. Brain Fog: Cognitive difficulties like memory problems, difficulty concentrating,
poor focus, mental confusion, forgetfulness, experience sensory overload,
or a lack of mental clarity.
4. Digestion Issues: The CDC says diarrhea and stomach pain are common digestion
symptoms of Long COVID.
5. Neurological Symptoms: Migraines, dizziness when standing, depression or anxiety,
and long-term loss of taste or smell are other common Long COVID
symptoms reported by the CDC.
6. Muscle & Body Pains: Muscular tension and joint pains have also impacted
people with Long COVID.
7. Vestibular Issues: Vertigo and balance (along with dizziness when standing)
are sometimes present in patients with Long COVID.
8. Sleep Disturbances: Many patients with Long COVID experience disturbances in sleep or an inability to stay asleep at night.
9. Lung Inflammation: Long Covid symptoms also present as inflammation of the lungs, causing uncomfortable respiratory issues.
Currently, there is no "cure" for Long COVID due to how symptoms present themselves uniquely to different people. The cause of these long-term symptoms post covid is also not known. Nevertheless, from a functional neurology point of view, our clinic can address all symptoms of Long COVID with our non-invasive, innovative therapies and cutting-edge diagnostic testing procedures, lessening symptoms' impact on a person's daily life.
Long COVID is an interesting condition as its symptoms overlap with conditions such as Dysautonomia and Post-concussion Syndrome. According to Dysautonomia International, before the pandemic, 3 million people had POTS, a form of Dysautonomia. Post-covid, these numbers have doubled. Now, over 6 million people who had COVID-19 have been diagnosed with POTS or other Dysautonomia related conditions. At Better Brain & Body, our innovative diagnostic testing procedures will enable a deeper understanding to help you on your path to healing.
It is essential to point out that Long COVID can be a debilitating condition that prevents a person from living an everyday daily life. With millions of people worldwide experiencing these symptoms, addressing ways to treat Long COVID symptoms outside of traditional medicine is crucial. Research is slow, and patients may rely on medications that might not improve their situation. Whether temporary or permanent, relieving pain or discomfort in a patient can be life-changing. Our job at Better Brain & Body is to optimize a patient's quality of life from the ground up. By looking at how the brain operates and how the symptoms present themselves, our functional neurologists here in Charlotte can treat the symptoms of Long COVID without using long-term medications that have potential side effects.
If you or a loved one are experiencing the effects of Long COVID, call us at 704-752-8100 or fill out the form below to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with our lead functional neurologist, Dr. Brown.
Check out our blog post about Long Covid here!