Long COVID, also known as post-COVID syndrome, refers to the lingering symptoms that last for more than a month after one has an initial infection with the COVID virus. While it can affect the heart or lungs, it most commonly manifests as chronic neurological symptoms like tinnitus, dizziness, brain fog, and fatigue.
Relief from long COVID symptoms is possible through structured therapy. At NeuroMed, we have discovered that our integrative neurosensory rehabilitation (INR) approach is an ideal strategy for treating the symptoms of long COVID.
COVID-19 is caused by spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus through tiny liquid particles from an infected person's sneezing, coughing, breathing, and speaking. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and usually appear two to fourteen days after exposure. Some common signs include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
This virus is highly contagious and can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, or health status. People who suffer from cardiovascular problems or respiratory conditions are more likely to suffer from complications. These may range from acute respiratory syndromes to pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
Neurological Change Due to Long COVID
Neurological change due to long COVID occur when the COVID virus causes prolonged brain inflammation. This prolonged inflammation triggers rewiring changes in the brain that "lock in" certain symptoms, like tinnitus, dizziness, or brain fog.
Fortunately, these brain changes can be reversed with structured rehabilitation, so there is hope. Long-COVID can be corrected with the right treatment regimen.
At NeuroMed, we specialize in treating the neurological symptoms of long-COVID and can help you.
Constant fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of neurological changes due to long COVID. It usually appears as debilitating exhaustion even after minor physical activity.
Its duration and intensity vary among people, depending on their medical history and complications with COVID-19. Long-lasting fatigue can significantly impact your quality of life and may require integral symptom management.
Brain fog diminishes your ability to focus due to altered cognitive functions. This can profoundly affect your work and academic performance, as well as your personal relationships. People describe this as “mental fog”, or like there is a cloud around them which prevents them from being as sharp as they used to be.
Although the precise causes behind brain fog due to long COVID are still being studied, it is believed to be associated with the electrical activity changes that affect the center of the brain that causes wakefulness. Because of the abnormal function of the wakefulness center, the brain’s ability to stay completely alert is reduced.
Vertigo and Dizziness
The cause of vertigo and dizziness in long-COVID is due to the abnormal brain electrical activity affecting the center of the brain that controls balance.
In addition, the hormones produced by one particular nerve in the brain affect the blood flow to the inner ear. This change in the blood flow to the inner ear causes a dysfunction in the inner ear, leading to vertigo attacks, sensation of motion (like you’re in a boat), lightheadedness, and imbalance.
Persistent headaches are one of the most commonly reported symptoms of long-COVID. Some report migraine or tension headaches, while others describe a persistent headache lasting for days or weeks. Some patients experience a stiffness in the neck, which they often attribute to stress or sleeping poorly.
Correlated symptoms that may arise along with these headaches include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Change in smell or taste
- Depression or anxiety
How to Identify Long COVID
Long COVID is not a single illness but multiple symptoms and correlated conditions that may appear from the lingering effects of COVID-19. Because of this, there is no specific test that determines if you have long COVID.
However, your health care provider will provide a diagnosis based on your health history, an extensive health evaluation, previous COVID-19 diagnosis, and whether you had any complications when you had COVID-19.
Integrative Care for Long COVID at NeuroMed Virtual Clinic
Neurological issues due to long COVID are caused due to maladaptive changes in the brain because of the prolonged inflammatory response. The best way to treat the resulting lingering symptoms of long COVID is through an integrative medicine approach.
Our approach at NeuroMed involves using medications, supplements, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy. Our team can guide you on this journey toward optimal health with compassionate and efficient care.
Treatment for Chronic Long COVID
Our integrative approach combines traditional and alternative medicine with wellness coaching and lifestyle therapy. Through this holistic perspective, we help you regain your confidence and well-being.
To schedule an appointment at NeuroMed Virtual Clinic, call us at 1-888-226-6330 or request an appointment online.