A Personal Note Regarding Coronavirus & Long-Term Symptoms
Many people are experiencing long-term symptoms from Covid-19 that are lasting months. For those familiar with ME/CFS, this does not come as a surprise as the illness is typically triggered by a virus. You can read articles about this phenomenon here, here, here, and here. As someone who has suffered with a similar condition for over six years, with little understanding and much frustration from the medical community, I want to share my take on these long-term coronavirus symptoms in the hopes that it may help someone. Please note that I am not a doctor and nothing on this site constitutes medical advice.*
The best diagnosis for this phenomenon of long-term coronavirus symptoms seems to be post-viral fatigue (which is similar to and sometimes the same as ME/CFS). Unfortunately the vast majority of the medical community does not know about or understand conditions like ME/CFS or post-viral fatigue. Most people experiencing this will be facing doubt and disbelief from friends, family, colleagues, and doctors. It will feel like you’re alone, but you’re not: this experience is something those of us with ME/CFS are intimately familiar with. The difference now is that so many are experiencing this at once, due to one global trigger. While this is unfathomably tragic that many are suffering from post-viral fatigue and symptoms, hopefully it will cause awareness to grow and along with it, research and treatment options for conditions like post-viral fatigue and ME/CFS.
All that said, if you are experiencing long-term symptoms, I have to share my bit of advice which would be to rest as much as possible, not push yourself physically, and find support.* If you find yourself feeling better, doing a bit of physical or mental work for a couple hours or a day or two, and then feeling much worse 1-3 days later, that sounds like a symptom called post-exertional malaise. Google that to learn more, and that awareness can help you understand what is going on and manage it better.*
Finally, the herbalist Stephen Buhner has written a PDF on plant-based interventions for coronavirus.* (You can follow him on facebook for updates and more information.) It gives a good summary and analysis of the varied effects of the illness that I think is worth a read even if you’re not interested in plant-based treatments. (And please, do not take any treatments, plant-based or otherwise, without consulting a qualified medical professional.)*
*The information on this site does not constitute medical advice and is for general informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional. Always seek out medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider for diagnoses and before beginning or changing treatments.