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Long Covid? - long term symptoms and issues

A treatment plan that may have a useful effect on long Covid

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a cure for Covid-19, nor am I making any claims about Covid. You've already had it and the virus has left your system. This is for the after-effects and the way your body is dealing with them long-term.

The sad truth is that Covid is going to be with us for a very long time.
Some of us will get away with it, but millions won't. You can test all day long, but if you bump into someone carrying the virus, it is possible you will get it and develop Corona Virus symptoms which are thankfully relatively short term, possibly less severe if you have had the jabs on offer, but the after effects can remain with you for a very long time.

Hence the new term for these symptoms 'Long Covid'. It is for those people that I have written this article.

So what are you proposing to do about it?
Before I answer that, please bear with me and let me go through a few question and answers first, as this is new territory for all of us. Long Covid

What is long Covid?
Long Covid is a new term to describe the symptoms you experience weeks, sometimes months, after you have been exposed and been ill from the virus. Covid is a respiratory disease and so the ongoing symptoms are mainly coughing and breathlessness, but, as with all viral infections, you can be left with post-viral tiredness and fatigue. There are others, but I will list those later.

How likely am I to experience long Covid?
Numbers and percentages are still emerging. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are crunching data constantly as NHS reports are filed, but it is beginning to look like around a third of people with confirmed infection will experience long Covid symptoms. This number is likely to go up as more long term symptoms are reported and added to the list. Practically this can impact your future ability to work as you did previously and maintain high performing leisure activities.

What are the symptoms of long Covid?
These symptoms can fluctuate up and down over time, and you will probably not get all of them. At least, I hope not! Please be aware that some of these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions, some of which can be serious, so if you are in any doubt about the cause of your symptoms, seek medical advice immediately.
  • Fatigue.
  • Breathlessness or shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Anxiety and Depression.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Chest pain and tightness.
  • Joint or muscle aches and pains.
  • Cloudy thinking or focus ('brain fog').
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Change or a loss of sense of smell or taste.
  • Persistent cough.
Should I expect chest pain after contracting Covid?
The short answer is no, but it is a problem for a lot of long Covid sufferers. The issue is deciding if it is a post Covid symptom, or something else, possibly something much worse. So if you experience chest pain and this is something new to you, contact your GP or dial 111 and speak to an advisor. If your pain is sudden or severe, dial 999.

Viral infections can cause the onset of muscle pain and soreness, which can be sharp or dull and local or widespread. This can include aches and pains in the breastbone where the ribs attach, which can occur if you are coughing due to the respiratory nature of Covid.

How long does long Covid last?
As this illness is a new discovery, no one is quite sure. What is sure is, the name will change to 'Long Covid Syndrome' pretty soon (remember you saw it here first). So it will join the list of other syndromes with long lasting effects, like, Guillian Barre Syndrome, Epstein Bar Syndrome, Chronic Fatique Syndrome, Post-Viral Syndrome.

Will I recover from long Covid?
The signs are good so far. How long it takes is very individual, it could be months or years. All of the syndromes just mentioned can have long term effects, even following a complete recovery. Sometimes these symptoms will be mild and easily managed, other times they may be a little more wearing.

If I am vaccinated and get Covid are the long Covid risks reduced?
Yes. Thankfully, you're also less likely to need hospital treatment and your symptoms should be milder than people who choose not to be vaccinated.

What are my chances of my getting long Covid?
The older you are the more likely you are to get long Covid. Women are more susceptible than men. The precentages of patients increases with age, but that doesn't mean the young are immune, just less likely. Children are also reporting symptoms that last longer than a month or two. A lot seems to depend on the number and severity of symptoms from the list above and whether you were bad enough to need hospital care. The more of them you have, when combined with other morbidities, the more likely you are to have long Covid.

Some examples of common morbidities include:
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart disease.
  • Overweight or obesity.
  • Lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Stroke.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Infections, such as the flu and HIV.
  • Chronic fatigue or other post viral syndromes.
  • This list should include smokers too.
Will long Covid mean I am contagious to others?
NO. You've already had the virus. Your body has dealt with it and your immune system has killed it off, or otherwise neutralized it. Your long Covid symptoms are the result of what the virus did to your body while it was inside of you. It is the symptoms you are left that give the phenomenon known as long Covid. Unless you contract it again, you should not test positive.

The fact remains that you are no longer contagious. You have had the virus. It is out of your system, but it has left you with these symptoms.

So what I am proposing is to treat you for the symptoms you have now on a point by point basis.

Lymph Drainage Massage will help with constant tiredness and chronic fatigue.

Bio Stress Release will help with breathlessness or shortness of breath and open up the rib cage.

The Epley Manoeuvre will help with dizzyness, confusion, spinning or vertigo.

Massage will help you relax and solve many sleep issues.

Massage is a wonderful treatment for anxiety and depression.

Massage is brilliant at slowing a palpating heart.

Bio Stress Release is excellent at reducing chest tightness and pain.

Massage is one of the best ways of treating muscle and joint pain.

Lymph Drainage Massage is good to help with brain fog as this is often due to congestion in the body.

Not sure how to restore your sence of taste and smell or a persistent cough, but all of the above may help with those too because of the cumulative effect of the other treatments.

My invitation to you is this: If you live in any of the towns and villages in the list below, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to help you.
Please call Phil Chave on 01934 740275 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs. Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!

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