Anybody else with health problems after Covid?

Gabs007

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I had the virus in February and while it was really brutal (asthmatic with autoimmune issues) I thought the worst was over, ever since I have been getting horrendous migraines (I had them before but they are so much more frequent now) went from mild asthma (an inhaler lasted me 3 to 6 months) to going through at least one a week now, I seem to tire very easily, low energy levels, my adrenals and thyroid are all over the shop, so I don't sleep at night and I am washed out during the day. Even just clearing my desk seems like a monumental task. And my lung volume has really gone done, I used to be quite fit, now walking 2 flights of stairs and I am gasping for air.

Problem even getting to see a GP at the moment, I am wondering if anybody else experiences it or if I am particularly "lucky" in that respect.
 

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I had the virus in February and while it was really brutal (asthmatic with autoimmune issues) I thought the worst was over, ever since I have been getting horrendous migraines (I had them before but they are so much more frequent now) went from mild asthma (an inhaler lasted me 3 to 6 months) to going through at least one a week now, I seem to tire very easily, low energy levels, my adrenals and thyroid are all over the shop, so I don't sleep at night and I am washed out during the day. Even just clearing my desk seems like a monumental task. And my lung volume has really gone done, I used to be quite fit, now walking 2 flights of stairs and I am gasping for air.

Problem even getting to see a GP at the moment, I am wondering if anybody else experiences it or if I am particularly "lucky" in that respect.
Ugh, I am so sorry to hear this. I have read stories of other people having similar after effects from COVID but I haven't had it personally so I can't attest to that.

Hope you can see a GP soon, hopefully a doc could share some treatment ideas. Hang in there! :heart:
 
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I had the virus in February and while it was really brutal (asthmatic with autoimmune issues) I thought the worst was over, ever since I have been getting horrendous migraines (I had them before but they are so much more frequent now) went from mild asthma (an inhaler lasted me 3 to 6 months) to going through at least one a week now, I seem to tire very easily, low energy levels, my adrenals and thyroid are all over the shop, so I don't sleep at night and I am washed out during the day. Even just clearing my desk seems like a monumental task. And my lung volume has really gone done, I used to be quite fit, now walking 2 flights of stairs and I am gasping for air.

Problem even getting to see a GP at the moment, I am wondering if anybody else experiences it or if I am particularly "lucky" in that respect.
I’m so sorry that you’ve had to go through all this, and that you’re still experiencing such terrible side effects...
A few of my acquaintances have had it, and all of them are experiencing residual effects months later as well... It does seem like it manifests itself in different ways, which is extra frustrating because there’s no comprehensive list of side effects that you can go to for consultation. I hope you can get an appointment with a doctor soon, and that things start clearing up. Feel better, and stay safe!
 
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I had the virus in February and while it was really brutal (asthmatic with autoimmune issues) I thought the worst was over, ever since I have been getting horrendous migraines (I had them before but they are so much more frequent now) went from mild asthma (an inhaler lasted me 3 to 6 months) to going through at least one a week now, I seem to tire very easily, low energy levels, my adrenals and thyroid are all over the shop, so I don't sleep at night and I am washed out during the day. Even just clearing my desk seems like a monumental task. And my lung volume has really gone done, I used to be quite fit, now walking 2 flights of stairs and I am gasping for air.

Problem even getting to see a GP at the moment, I am wondering if anybody else experiences it or if I am particularly "lucky" in that respect.
So sorry to hear this! There are a lot of people in your boat--have you heard about the Slack channel for COVID long-haulers? They've been trading stories there; everyone's dealing with different symptoms, but the thing they have in common is how long-lasting it is. I believe you can access it here: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/covid19

The Atlantic has had some good coverage on this issue as well:


I hope once you do see a GP this background info might be helpful; I have heard a lot of doctors are not familiar with the long-term symptoms so it would be good to tell your doctor yours is not a unique situation.

Hope you can find some relief soon.
 

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I follow several epidemiologists on twitter and have increasingly see the flagging studies on longterm health impacts of covid, which apparently are many. If you have twitter, follow Eric Topol as starter, he summarises recent research on covid and other specialists will then chime in.

On seeing a GP - tele consultation is increasingly common where I am (by video). Perhaps this is also available where you live?

Edit, I also remember a facebook group, I think the name is something like covid long termers?
 

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Thank you all for the replies.

I have discussed it on the phone with several Drs, some of them friends, they all say at the moment there isn't sufficient data available and the health system is still feeling the strain, so nothing can be done at the moment. There are a few theories, some about the immune system causing it as a reaction to the virus, some say it's the antibodies and they weren't sufficient...

It's frustrating losing days to migraines that just lay me out flat, I had migraines before but every 6 months or so, but once or twice a week I can't cope with
 

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My brother had it in March and he was quite sick for three weeks. Up to now he says that he cannot breath as easily as before. He describes it as a pressure on his breast. So far he has not seen a doctor to treat this.

I hope you feel better, soon! :flowers:
 
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My brother had it in March and he was quite sick for three weeks. Up to now he says that he cannot breath as easily as before. He describes it as a pressure on his breast. So far he has not seen a doctor to treat this.

I hope you feel better, soon! :flowers:
I honestly don't blame the medical staff, this is so new and they are almost as helpless as we are
 
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Thank you all for the replies.

I have discussed it on the phone with several Drs, some of them friends, they all say at the moment there isn't sufficient data available and the health system is still feeling the strain, so nothing can be done at the moment. There are a few theories, some about the immune system causing it as a reaction to the virus, some say it's the antibodies and they weren't sufficient...

It's frustrating losing days to migraines that just lay me out flat, I had migraines before but every 6 months or so, but once or twice a week I can't cope with
Gabs, I'm experiencing some of the same things you are. I had it back in March, seemed to recover fairly well, but slowly. As time has gone on, I tire much more easily, and am out of breath walking up one flight of stairs. I have migraines, too, but no more than usual. Though not a migraine, I've had a headache every single day since covid and ache all over. Sleep is a thing of the past. For what it's worth, I had an antibody test and it showed none. My doc says until they come up with a more sensitive titers type test, there'll be no way to know if I have any or not. It's crazy making isn't it?
 
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Gabs, I'm experiencing some of the same things you are. I had it back in March, seemed to recover fairly well, but slowly. As time has gone on, I tire much more easily, and am out of breath walking up one flight of stairs. I have migraines, too, but no more than usual. Though not a migraine, I've had a headache every single day since covid and ache all over. Sleep is a thing of the past. For what it's worth, I had an antibody test and it showed none. My doc says until they come up with a more sensitive titers type test, there'll be no way to know if I have any or not. It's crazy making isn't it?
I haven't had a test so far, I wanted one but you could only have one if you went to the hospital, which was quite discouraged due to the risk and since I didn't need medical attention, later on there were no tests in the UK, or they were sent out randomly, now months later I was told that the antibodies might have worn off already.

Look I don't want to scare you and I hope you don't get migraines, but I have been gulping water like crazy but getting all signs of dehydration, including the shaking and the dry retching, one endo suggested to drink OJ with salt and collagen protein (tastes horrible) but in small sips, as he suspects it messed up the electrolytes and the adrenals, so my body can't do much with the water and the symptoms are like having low blood sugar and dehydration. It does help somewhat and I am usually walking around with a glass of salty OJ, with the gloopy protein stuff in it, which seems to keep the dry heaving and shaking at bay, I first thought I must have entered menopause early and with a bang, as all of a sudden I feel like I am burning up and get real panic attacks, but apparently that is just synapses misfiring...
 
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Wow, Gabs, I've noticed I get dehydrated much more easily. Have fainted a few times and fallen a couple of times from being dizzy. Like you, I keep something to drink by my side always now.
 
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Wow, Gabs, I've noticed I get dehydrated much more easily. Have fainted a few times and fallen a couple of times from being dizzy. Like you, I keep something to drink by my side always now.
I was drinking like a fish and it didn't help, the odd mix did help, and while it is not the most tasty thing, it does actually help a lot. When we were at the sea side and one of the dogs lapped up salt water and then had terrible runs, we worried about him getting dehydrated and the vet gave us a quick solution about a pint of water mixed in with some salt and sugar to replace the electrolytes and avoid further dehydration, I figured it makes sense as OJ has sugar, the salt and protein powder seems to do the same. For me it worked, maybe worth giving it a try? As before when I gulped big bottles of water, it just seemed to run through without actually doing much
 

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Sending my sympathy to all dealing with long term symptoms. :heart: This morning on the radio program Here and Now they had a segment about this issue. Posting a link here to the program, as well as to the support group mentioned. Hoping this may be helpful, and sending my best wishes!


 
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Sending my sympathy to all dealing with long term symptoms. :heart: This morning on the radio program Here and Now they had a segment about this issue. Posting a link here to the program, as well as to the support group mentioned. Hoping this may be helpful, and sending my best wishes!


Thanks so much, I never connected my vision problems to it, I just thought it might be age or something, and my tummy problems to possibly having had a gluten cross contamination.