Brain fog, fatigue, chest pain, gut issues (both mild and severe), pneumonia, long term change in taste: these are all symptoms of Long COVID and it appears that every person is different. In a Facebook Group of 60,000 people no 2 people are presenting with the same picture. A recent BBC article says it may be affecting everything from the brain to the heart to the skin.
What is obvious though is that it’s important to accommodate this virus and not to fight it. Easier said than done. We need to help our bodies and support them to heal, even if it takes a long time.
“My chest pain went on Sunday, that’s the first time since I got COVID in March.” One of my clients said to me a couple of weeks ago, thankfully this week the chest pain is still not there. Fingers crossed.
Over the course of the last 4 weeks we have been working together to support her body to heal itself. We will continue and hope that the issues continue to subside, this is new to all of us so we have to do what we think is right for the person at the time.
Basic things like plenty of Vitamin C and Vitamin D as well as a good quality multi vitamin, plenty of rest and really good food, not putting pressure on the body by keeping the blood sugar stable, not an easy thing to do when you feel rubbish. It’s a good idea to eat warm food that is easy to digest following Chinese medicine tradition, it puts less pressure on the body, something like soup or casserole/stew. Taking a little exercise but not over doing it. It’s really hard to do that, it’s so easy to be feeling ok in the moment and do a little bit too much then feel exhausted later. Look after yourself.
I would suggest it is a good idea to get blood tests done to check if there is anything specific that needs working on or if there any vitamin or mineral deficiencies, particularly iron, Vitamin B12 or Vitamin D.
Beyond that it becomes very individual.
This is very much a brief overview and not to be substituted for medical support.