LONG COVID: What is it and can anyone help?

by Emma Penfold / 18 March 2021 / No Comments

A substantial number of people never properly recover from Covid 19 and continue to suffer symptoms more than 12 weeks after getting Covid, which has been labelled ‘long Covid’.

The most common symptoms, according to the British Medical Journal are:- profound fatigue, cough, breathlessness, brain fog, muscle and body aches, chest pressure, and to a lesser extent, skin rashes, palpitations, fever, headache, diarrhoea, and pins and needles.

A common feature of all of these is the relapsing well/not well cycle of the symptoms.

Although Covid 19  is not the same as ordinary flu ( in so far as it attacks more of the organs than just the lungs), the persistence of debilitating symptoms long after the illness has passed is something we have seen before in the Clinic in people who have had serious flu or suffered multiple system failure such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Clearly there are no simple solutions to whole body shutdowns and chronic symptoms, but we have a lot of experience in the Clinic treating people who have had similar symptoms before Covid came on the scene. There is no one way to get better. Each person’s situation will require careful assessment using insights from acupuncture, osteopathy, physiotherapy, homeopathy, massage, nutritional therapy and counselling.

You are welcome to call us here at the clinic for an informal discussion and speak to Andy Roscoe or Kieren Spencer if you would like to have another opinion on your health and treatment options.