UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news

MetiNews.Com - “I had four of five weeks where I felt okay and then bang - I felt as bad as I did, if not worse.”

UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news

MetiNews.Com - “I had four of five weeks where I felt okay and then bang - I felt as bad as I did, if not worse.”

UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news
22 November 2020 - 18:15

Breaking News ! A frontline medic who helped Covid patients during the first wave of the pandemic has described the “advent calendar” of symptoms she is experiencing eight months after developing coronavirus. The key worker developed the virus while helping positive Covid-19 patients back in March. She has been unable to work ever since and is struggling daily with a cocktail of symptoms as a result of so-called ‘long-haul Covid’.  “It’s driving me mad,” she says. “I keep thinking ‘when will it be over?’.” Read More Related Articles Seven months on, long haul Covid patient is left with “the horrible feeling that it’ll just never end” Read More Related Articles Ambulance service plan to recruit more than 120 call handlers and add 100 vehicles to fleet to deal with Covid winter The medic - who works in the NHS within Greater Manchester - has spoken to the M.E.N anonymously as she says staff have been told not to talk to the press. She says around half the staff she usually works with have themselves had the virus over the course of the pandemic. Her symptoms first started back in March, when the first cases of Covid-19 started to emerge in Britain. Academics have warned there will be a rise in the number of people suffering long-term after-effects “I started with a fever and started to feel not quite right,” she says. “I had to go home and I had a temperature. “For the first week I didn’t feel too bad. I felt a bit chilly, tired and generally fluey. I thought if I got over it in a couple of weeks I would be fine.” On the third week, she started to develop a range of different symptoms including stomach problems, strange sensations on the skin, tingling, tremors, a strong allergic reaction to pollen, strange tingling in the throat and brain fog. She says: “It was like an advent calendar of symptoms - each week it would be something new. “I’ve counted them all up and in total I’ve had 45 different symptoms so far. Nothing has shifted it. “It was like my whole body was going into an autoimmune response. “I had brain fog like nothing else I have experienced. I used to play sports and was very fit and ate very well but the fatigue has been terrible - even getting up to have a shower completely wore me out.” After nine weeks, she became increasingly breathless and wondered at first if it was caused by anxiety. “I have suffered from anxiety in the past so I could tell the difference,” she says. “The first time I thought ‘this is my mind taking over’. “But I just didn’t feel anxious. I was getting out of breath while trying to eat. “In my line of week I see people who are short of breath all the time. Mine was more as though I had to keep taking deep breaths. I couldn’t fill my lungs.” Academics say 'long Covid' could be four different syndromes The breathlessness eased after around three weeks but was replaced by joint and muscle pain and hormonal changes, including changes to the medic’s periods. She adds: “I must have had five or six sore throats that were chronic. I thought it was my glands or my thyroid. “I felt like the virus was lingering in my throat. I think it’s done some damage.” The medic thinks the virus may have caused problems with her thyroid and says she still has reactions to certain foods eight on. Though the fatigue has got better, she still experiences acid reflux, indigestion, night sweats and sensitivity to light and sound. Last month the researchers from the National Institute for Health Research found that ‘long Covid’ could actually be four different syndromes rather than one illness. Read More Related Articles Behind the story of Tameside Hospital's September outbreak and spike in coronavirus deaths Read More Related Articles What will the Covid-19 ‘moonshot’ really mean in Greater Manchester? The academics warned there will be a rise in the number of people suffering “debilitating” long-term after-effects of a Covid-19 infection. The four syndromes have been broadly categorised as post intensive care syndrome; post viral fatigue syndrome; permanent organ damage and long term Covid syndrome. Some may suffer these simultaneously, they said.

. The medic told the M.E.N that explaining her ongoing symptoms to various different doctors has been a struggle. “One of the problems I have had is getting a GP to acknowledge the problem is long Covid,” she says. “For the first three months I had the same doctor who sent me for follow up tests. She did everything she possibly could, then she left and I’ve had a different doctor since then. “Getting a GP to acknowledge it’s long Covid without a positive test has been very difficult. “The first test I had was six weeks after I fell ill and obviously, it was negative. “I’ve had seven tests so far and they’ve all come back negative. I think I would be supported more if I had a positive test. “I’m sure I’ve had coronavirus. I was working at the peak of the pandemic with very little PPE and I was exposed to seven Covid patients.” Because she was consistently running a high temperature, the medic was unable to have face-to-face consultations. She also found herself having to repeatedly explain her symptoms to locum doctors. “I had to go through it with them over and over again every week,” she says. “I’ve had inhalers, because they don’t know if I have coughing-induced asthma, I’ve had tablets that made me very depressed. “I was trying to self diagnose because it was very frustrating but also quite upsetting. You look at doctors as colleagues. I almost felt like because I was coming up with suggestions they didn't acknowledge me. “In the end I’ve had to pay for a private consultant who has diagnosed long Covid.” The medic has found comfort in a Facebook group for people suffering from the long-term effects of Covid. A woman wearing a protective face mask (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA) But she thinks it could be years before experts start to properly understand the after-effects of the virus. She is calling for better research into the conditions and more rehabilitation support for those suffering long-term symptoms. “I think doctors are starting to recognise long Covid,” she says. “So many people were being told it was anxiety and being prescribed antidepressants. “I feel like I have learnt a heck of a lot going through this. I know a lot more about ME now because some of the symptoms are very like what M.E. sufferers have. “I’m lucky because I have a caring partner, but a lot of people have had partners walk out on them because they’ve been ill for so long. “Friends have been very supportive, but I find it difficult to explain how I feel physically and mentally because going through it is hard to explain. Read More Related Articles Video calls to be set up for prisoners at HMP Forest Bank Read More Related Articles Adult pneumonia vaccine supplies 'limited due to unprecedented demand' - but one Manchester surgery has already run out “Going from being really healthy and active, it’s difficult to explain the way that feels if you don’t have it.” Though it’s a slow process, the medic is hopeful that there will be treatments to help those adversely affected by the virus. “I had four of five weeks where I felt okay and then bang - I felt as bad as I did, if not worse,” she says. “You keep thinking ‘Am I ever going to get better?’ “At the start of the pandemic I was dealing with a patient who was short of breath. I looked at him and thought he didn’t look particularly unwell. I probably look now how he looked then. “Not everybody looks short of breath. It’s not an obvious illness.”

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UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news


UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news


UK Medic still has "advent calendar" of Covid symptoms eight months later last minute news


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