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Long COVID

Long haul COVID

Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), refers to a cluster of persistent symptoms and health issues experienced by some individuals even after recovering from the acute phase of COVID-19.

What is Long COVID?

  • Long COVID encompasses a diverse range of symptoms affecting various systems in the body, including the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems.

  • Common symptoms include:

    • persistent fatigue,

    • shortness of breath

    • brain fog, joint pain

    • chest pain

    • heart palpitations & among others.

    • It can profoundly impact a person's quality of life and their ability to perform daily activities.

Causes & Mechanisms

The exact cause of Long COVID is not yet fully understood, but several factors may contribute to its development. Persistent inflammation, immune dysfunction, and lingering viral reservoirs are among the potential mechanisms that might sustain the symptoms. Individuals with more severe initial COVID-19 infections seem to be at higher risk of experiencing Long COVID, but it can also affect those who had milder cases.

Risk Factors

 

While Long COVID can affect anyone who has recovered from COVID-19, certain factors may increase the likelihood of developing the condition. Age, pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, and asthma, and a history of autoimmune diseases are some of the factors that may heighten the risk of experiencing Long COVID.

 

Managing Long COVID

 

As research on Long COVID continues to evolve, healthcare professionals are actively working to develop effective management strategies. Since the symptoms vary widely between individuals, a personalized approach is crucial. Treatments may include a combination of medications, physical therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other supportive measures to address specific symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Living with Long COVID can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Coping with persistent symptoms requires patience, understanding, and the support of healthcare professionals, family, and friends. Support groups and online communities can also provide valuable connections with others going through similar experiences, offering a sense of solidarity and empathy.

Coping & Support

Prevention & Future Outlook

While much remains to be discovered about Long COVID, preventing COVID-19 infections through vaccination and adherence to public health guidelines can potentially reduce the incidence of Long COVID. Ongoing research and collaboration between the scientific community and healthcare providers are crucial to better understanding the condition and developing effective treatments.

 

 

Long COVID is a complex and evolving medical phenomenon that warrants further attention and research. At Apex Chiropractic & Wellness Center we to provide support, understanding, education, and compassionate care to those living with Long COVID. Remember, if you or someone you know experiences persistent symptoms following COVID-19, seeking medical guidance is paramount in managing this challenging condition.

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