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Living with Post Pandemic Symptoms:

Understanding and Managing Long-Haul Symptoms

When the world was struck with the global pandemic no one was prepared. Many people are experiencing lingering symptoms from COVID-19 long after the initial infection has subsided. These persistent symptoms, often referred to as “long-haul” symptoms, can significantly impact the quality of life for those affected. While everyone’s experience with long COVID varies, there are several common symptoms that many long-haulers share. In this article, we will explore these symptoms and discuss strategies for managing them.

What are the Common Long-Haul Covid Symptoms?

  1. Shortness of Breath
    Many people with long COVID struggle with ongoing respiratory issues. Shortness of breath can make everyday activities challenging and can be distressing for those affected.
  2. Cough
    A persistent cough is another common symptom. This can range from a mild annoyance to a severe issue that disrupts daily life.
  3. Fatigue
    Extreme tiredness or fatigue is one of the most frequently reported symptoms. This fatigue can be debilitating, making it difficult to perform routine tasks.
  4. Headaches
    Chronic headaches are a common complaint among long-haulers. These headaches can vary in intensity and duration.
  5. Brain Fog
    Brain fog, characterized by confusion, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating, is a troubling symptom that many people with long COVID experience.
  6. Chest Pain
    Some long-haulers report ongoing chest pain, which can be alarming and uncomfortable.
  7. Rapid Heart Rate
    An elevated heart rate, or tachycardia, is another symptom that can occur. This can cause palpitations and a feeling of unease.
  8. Stomach Pain
    Gastrointestinal issues, including stomach pain and diarrhea, are also reported by some individuals.
  9. Joint Pain
    Joint pain can be a persistent issue, making movement and physical activity difficult.
  10. Diarrhea
    Along with stomach pain, diarrhea is a symptom that can impact digestion and overall well-being.
  11. Difficulty Concentrating
    Cognitive difficulties, including trouble focusing and remembering things, are common in long-haulers.
  12. Muscle Pain
    Muscle aches and pains can be a lingering issue, affecting mobility and comfort.
  13. Mental Health Issues
    The psychological impact of long COVID is significant. Many people experience anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.
  14. Skin Rashes
    Skin rashes and other dermatological issues can also occur in long-haulers.
  15. Change in Smell or Taste
    Many people with long COVID experience changes in their sense of smell or taste, which can affect appetite and enjoyment of food.
  16. Change in Menstrual Cycles
    For some women, long COVID can cause irregularities in menstrual cycles.

How do you Manage Covid Long-Haul Symptoms?

“At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we believe in harnessing the power of natural treatments to complement and enhance conventional medicine. Our goal is to support each patient’s unique health journey with personalized, holistic care,” says Dr. Anju Mathur.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing long COVID, there are several strategies that may help alleviate symptoms:

1. Medical Consultation

It’s crucial to work closely with healthcare providers to manage long-haul symptoms. Doctors can offer guidance, support, and potential treatments to help ease the burden of these symptoms.

2. Rest and Recovery

Adequate rest is essential for recovery. Listening to your body and allowing time for rest can help manage fatigue and other symptoms.

3. Healthy Diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients can support overall health and may help manage symptoms like fatigue and stomach issues.

4. Exercise

Gentle exercise, such as walking or yoga, can help improve physical health and reduce symptoms like muscle and joint pain. It’s important to start slowly and increase activity gradually.

5. Mental Health Support

Seeking support from mental health professionals can be beneficial for managing anxiety, depression, and other psychological symptoms. Therapy, counseling, and support groups can offer much-needed assistance.

6. Medication

In some cases, medication may be necessary to manage specific symptoms. This should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

7. Breathing Exercises

For those experiencing respiratory symptoms, breathing exercises can help improve lung function and reduce shortness of breath.

8. Hydration

Staying well-hydrated is important for overall health and can help manage symptoms like fatigue and headaches.

9. Sleep Hygiene

Maintaining good sleep hygiene, such as establishing a regular sleep schedule and creating a restful environment, can improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue.

Learn more about Jenna’s journey here 

“I was coming out of covid feeling pretty miserable I started to think that I was experiencing long-term covid… and I contacted a friend who I knew 

and she mentioned Dr Mather to me and said you know she’s wonderful I really love her because she’s looking at the whole body she’s looking at the whole person she’s really trying to identify things in a really holistic natural approach

… I saw changes within literally one to two weeks my energy improved tenfold… I slept better”

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Living with long COVID can be challenging, but understanding and managing the symptoms can help improve quality of life. If you are experiencing long-haul symptoms, it’s important to seek medical advice and explore strategies that can help you manage your health effectively. With the right support and self-care, many people find ways to cope with and alleviate the impact of long COVID.

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