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Anyone have long covid?

  • 06-11-2020 11:06am
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    Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭ threescompany


    Just looking for advice.
    I'm finding it hard to get over Covid. The rest of my family tested positive around the same time as me and thankfully all bounced back within 10 days, but 6 weeks later and I'm still feeling really bad.
    I'm an asthmatic so I got a bad dose and although I'm much improved than I was initially, the lingering symptoms are still there. Muscle aches, headache, sore throat and breathing difficulties /. chest pain. I'm not back in work and feeling really down and out. I'm constantly being asked how I'm doing and I feel like such a moan. I'm sure people are thinking, get over it. I phoned the doctor again yesterday.(I'm on my inhalers and long term mild steroids, just since the covid) and the secretary phoned back to say, all I can do is take over the counter medication and gave me the name of another doctor dealing in occupational return to work.....It was like a polite way of telling me to go away.
    Anyway else in the same boat and struggling with this covid recovery?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 187 ✭✭ On the Beach


    Can I ask, were you hospitalised?


  • Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭ threescompany


    Hi, no I wasn't hospitalized. I was very bad on the first few days & my GP wanted me to go in and get checked but I genuinely felt that I wasnt that severe. I knew it could be managed at home. So instead I got checked at the Covid hub in DCU and they checked my oxygen, chest etc and I was ok ( well you know, I was fine to go home) and started on steroids/ inhalers. A few days later I went back to the covid hub as my muscle aches were so severe. I will never forget the pain. I sound like a drama queen but its like this virus completely wrecked my body.


  • Registered Users Posts: 594 ✭✭✭ 3xh


    Hi, no I wasn't hospitalized. I was very bad on the first few days & my GP wanted me to go in and get checked but I genuinely felt that I wasnt that severe. I knew it could be managed at home. So instead I got checked at the Covid hub in DCU and they checked my oxygen, chest etc and I was ok ( well you know, I was fine to go home) and started on steroids/ inhalers. A few days later I went back to the covid hub as my muscle aches were so severe. I will never forget the pain. I sound like a drama queen but its like this virus completely wrecked my body.

    You’d have to wonder just how much pain a hospitalised case would be in, so! Never mind an ICU patient.

    You should have followed the advice being given to you at the time. You’re an asthmatic and were in pain and finding it hard to breathe but didn’t admit yourself after testing positive for Covid?

    You’re a prime candidate for this long Covid ailment.

    I wish you well. Hopefully that occupational therapist person you were recommended can help, if you go to them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,103 ✭✭✭ TonyMaloney


    Really sorry to hear about your woes. Sounds horrible.
    There's a number of posters around that have spoken of lingering difficulties, but your case sounds particularly harsh.

    There's a very large facebook group for long covid sufferers
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/longcovid

    People post advice and support in this group constantly and you're bound to find people out there with similar ailments as yourself.

    Best of luck with it all


  • Registered Users Posts: 97 ✭✭ threescompany


    Thanks for the info on the facebook group. I will check that out. And I'll have a look for similar posts on boards.

    I know it seems silly that I didn't go into hospital, but I was so stressed out at the time. I have young kids and my husband at home ( thankfully their symptoms were mild enough) and I didn't want to leave them. I decided if I went to the hub and they thought I needed hospital too, I would definitely have gone in but the hub doctor seemed to think I could manage at home with the steroids and inhalers. Obviously if my breathing had turned very severe I would have gone in immediately. Thanks for your replies.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 187 ✭✭ On the Beach


    Hi, no I wasn't hospitalized. I was very bad on the first few days & my GP wanted me to go in and get checked but I genuinely felt that I wasnt that severe. I knew it could be managed at home. So instead I got checked at the Covid hub in DCU and they checked my oxygen, chest etc and I was ok ( well you know, I was fine to go home) and started on steroids/ inhalers. A few days later I went back to the covid hub as my muscle aches were so severe. I will never forget the pain. I sound like a drama queen but its like this virus completely wrecked my body.


    I'm no doctor but I would imagine, considering you have asthma, that what you're experiencing with your recovery is normal with regard to a bad virus.

    On the long covid...my brother was talking to two clients of his last week. Both doctors who have spent most of their careers in ICU and they were saying they can't understand why the medical profession is going on about long covid. They said what's being called long covid isn't anything new. They said the symptoms they're calling long covid are standard for someone who has had ICU treatment. Chronic fatigue etc. They said the lung damage is standard for people who were intubated, in that the lungs take months to recover. They weren't dismissive of covid or anything but couldn't fathom why there was all this talk of long covid when it's a standard recovery from ICU treatment/ intubation.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    A friend of a friend got in March and is still not fully recovered. Says she's is about 80% back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,103 ✭✭✭ TonyMaloney


    I'm no doctor but I would imagine, considering you have asthma, that what you're experiencing with your recovery is normal with regard to a bad virus.

    On the long covid...my brother was talking to two clients of his last week. Both doctors who have spent most of their careers in ICU and they were saying they can't understand why the medical profession is going on about long covid. They said what's being called long covid isn't anything new. They said the symptoms they're calling long covid are standard for someone who has had ICU treatment. Chronic fatigue etc. They said the lung damage is standard for people who were intubated, in that the lungs take months to recover. They weren't dismissive of covid or anything but couldn't fathom why there was all this talk of long covid when it's a standard recovery from ICU treatment/ intubation.

    long covid does not require hospitalisation never mind ICU

    Those two doctors of yours should be stripped of their licenses to practise medicine, unless of course they're fictional in which case they should be fine.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 187 ✭✭ On the Beach


    long covid does not require hospitalisation never mind ICU

    Those two doctors of yours should be stripped of their licenses to practise medicine, unless of course they're fictional in which case they should be fine.


    Yes doctor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,722 ✭✭✭✭ Mrs OBumble


    [quote="3xh;115196926"

    You should have followed the advice being given to you at the time. You’re an asthmatic and were in pain and finding it hard to breathe but didn’t admit yourself after testing positive for Covid?

    You’re a prime candidate for this long Covid ailment.

    I wish you well. Hopefully that occupational therapist person you were recommended can help, if you go to them.[/quote]


    Woefully ignorant post.

    The OP attended the DCU covid hub, was assessed and told they could go home. They were not advised to go to hospital. Even if they had gone to hospital, the ER doctor would likely have reached the same conclusion.

    And no one can ever choose to "admit themselves". Hospital admission happens because a doctor thinks you need treatment that can only be given in a hospital.

    Now they have been referred to an occupational health specialist ie a doctor, not just an OT. Poor form of the GP to do this via the reception rather than speaking to the patient. I'd be seeking a new GP as well.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭ ZX7R


    long covid does not require hospitalisation never mind ICU

    Those two doctors of yours should be stripped of their licenses to practise medicine, unless of course they're fictional in which case they should be fine.

    There is a growing consensus in Europe that long covid may be psychological rather than medical.

    Majority of patients exhibiting symptoms of long covid are clear of the virus medically sound after full medical examination.
    Believe is that long covid in the majority of patients presenting with it are in fact suffering with a from of severe post traumatic stress.
    But like everything else with covid a lot more research is needed.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 15,334 Mod ✭✭✭✭ woodchuck


    On the long covid...my brother was talking to two clients of his last week. Both doctors who have spent most of their careers in ICU and they were saying they can't understand why the medical profession is going on about long covid. They said what's being called long covid isn't anything new. They said the symptoms they're calling long covid are standard for someone who has had ICU treatment. Chronic fatigue etc. They said the lung damage is standard for people who were intubated, in that the lungs take months to recover. They weren't dismissive of covid or anything but couldn't fathom why there was all this talk of long covid when it's a standard recovery from ICU treatment/ intubation.

    The concern is people experiencing long covid who were never admitted to ICU.


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    ZX7R wrote: »
    There is a growing consensus in Europe that long covid may be psychological rather than medical.

    Majority of patients exhibiting symptoms of long covid are clear of the virus medically sound after full medical examination.
    Believe is that long covid in the majority of patients presenting with it are in fact suffering with a from of severe post traumatic stress.
    But like everything else with covid a lot more research is needed.

    Can you provide a link where you found this nonsense??? :eek: Guessing date of publication is January-February.


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    Just looking for advice.

    I think the best of all would be to call emergency dept explaining your situation.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭ ZX7R


    Thats me wrote: »
    Can you provide a link where you found this nonsense??? :eek: Guessing date of publication is January-February.

    Goggle is your friend.


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    ZX7R wrote: »
    Goggle is your friend.

    Do you expect me to google the place where you bringing this garbage from? :cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,078 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    Thats me wrote: »
    Do you expect me to google the place where you bringing this garbage from? :cool:

    Well, you did ask for it???


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    bladespin wrote: »
    Well, you did ask for it???

    For what "it"?

    Not sure why you asking, probably you just have missed this - on previous page I've asked poster for source of their statement below:
    ZX7R wrote: »
    There is a growing consensus in Europe that long covid may be psychological rather than medical.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,078 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    Thats me wrote: »
    For what "it"?

    Not sure why you asking, probably you just have missed this - on previous page I've asked poster for source of their statement below:

    I didn't ask anything, I didn't miss any of this - you asked for the 'source' they they said where you could find it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 606 ✭✭✭ Pablo Escobar


    Just looking for advice.
    I'm finding it hard to get over Covid. The rest of my family tested positive around the same time as me and thankfully all bounced back within 10 days, but 6 weeks later and I'm still feeling really bad.
    I'm an asthmatic so I got a bad dose and although I'm much improved than I was initially, the lingering symptoms are still there. Muscle aches, headache, sore throat and breathing difficulties /. chest pain. I'm not back in work and feeling really down and out. I'm constantly being asked how I'm doing and I feel like such a moan. I'm sure people are thinking, get over it. I phoned the doctor again yesterday.(I'm on my inhalers and long term mild steroids, just since the covid) and the secretary phoned back to say, all I can do is take over the counter medication and gave me the name of another doctor dealing in occupational return to work.....It was like a polite way of telling me to go away.
    Anyway else in the same boat and struggling with this covid recovery?

    Asthma seems to be a general common denominator. I've been in contact with a few similar cases. I had Covid symptoms in February, but wasn't tested. I've also had symptoms that I'd describe as improved, but lingering. I've been to a lung specialist since and most recently I've been put on Symbicort (inhaler) for 6 months from last month. This thing doesn't get better quickly as far as I can tell. But the inhaler has helped. I will say though that while it lingers, it's not prohibitive, at least in my case.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    bladespin wrote: »
    I didn't ask anything, I didn't miss any of this - you asked for the 'source' they they said where you could find it.

    I'm confused. Can you please clarify, what exactly you are trying to communicate to me? :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,078 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    Thats me wrote: »
    I'm confused. Can you please clarify, what exactly you are trying to communicate to me? :confused:

    You asked for a source, that gave you one - just explaining that you did ask for the source etc etc, not sure how confusing that really could be but there you go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    bladespin wrote: »
    You asked for a source, that gave you one - just explaining that you did ask for the source etc etc, not sure how confusing that really could be but there you go.

    Sorry i still not understand you. I've asked for link to the publication, it was not provided. What made you so overexcited?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,078 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    Thats me wrote: »
    Sorry i still not understand you. I've asked for link to the publication, it was not provided. What made you so overexcited?

    Didn't get over excited, just said you asked for it, btw, you asked for a source, not a link, google is a great source - it has many links.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,899 ✭✭✭ NSAman


    Long term damage is real.

    I was sick early on in late January, thought it was flu. Doctor couldn’t say I didn’t tested positive for influenza A or B. High fever cough the whole nine yards. Having been to see him this week, he confirms that his suspicions is that it was COVID. Which means my family also had it. Same symptoms etc.

    Long term results are in effect even now. Lack of energy to the point of exhaustion some days, lingering cough, pain in the lungs.

    Some 9/10 months later this is still happening although to a lesser degree. Same can be said for a brother who got it around the same time.

    An uncle who was diagnosed with COVID has exactly the same symptoms 5 months later but much worse. My mother who was hospitalised a week after me though, has bounced back (heart issues were a problem though).

    At the time everyone was saying it couldn’t be COVID, as it wasn’t in the country. I travel and my doc has said he has seen cases with exactly the same symptoms as far back as December (I do not live in Ireland ). One patient flew back from Wuhan in December presenting with all the symptoms but was not influenza.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭ ZX7R


    Thats me wrote: »
    Sorry i still not understand you. I've asked for link to the publication, it was not provided. What made you so overexcited?

    You will find all the links you want using goggle firefox ect
    Just a heads up the latest published article in relation to my original post is dated 7/9/2020


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,078 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    NSAman wrote: »
    Long term damage is real.

    Long term results are in effect even now. Lack of energy to the point of exhaustion some days, lingering cough, pain in the lungs.

    Have similar experiences, know a few who came through in a couple of weeks without any recurring issue but know one man in the early 70s who struggled for months, long after getting an all clear.


  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    ZX7R wrote: »
    You will find all the links you want using goggle firefox ect
    Just a heads up the latest published article in relation to my original post is dated 7/9/2020

    Since you failing to provide link to the publication, i do not see reason in prolonging this discussion. The statement you made about psychological nature of "long covid" is false, quite stupid and refuted by bladespin:
    bladespin wrote: »
    know a few who came through in a couple of weeks without any recurring issue but know one man in the early 70s who struggled for months, long after getting an all clear.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,304 ✭✭✭ ZX7R


    Thats me wrote: »
    Since you failing to provide link to the publication, i do not see reason in prolonging this discussion. The statement you made about psychological nature of "long covid" is false, quite stupid and refuted by bladespin:

    Let's be clear I never said all long covid is due to the psychological nature of covid I said there is a growing consensus in Europe that most cases that have no medical reason are being attributed to post traumatic stress .
    If you're so adamant that my post is false stupid ect.
    Post some links of your own to refute my post.
    There is plenty of articles reports about it.
    I won't be posting any links and if you don't like my post report it I be happy to take a ban


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  • Registered Users Posts: 639 ✭✭✭ Thats me


    ZX7R wrote: »
    ...

    This is video from the late September, explaining how Covid impacting body and how doctors mitigating different issues https://youtu.be/bJZcDBTEGio

    For general information, not pretending to refute any strange posts.


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