Sep 6, 2022
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Postcovid syndrome: how to help the body recover from COVID-19

To find out if you have post-COVID symptoms, take a rapid test:

1. Have you had COVID-19 in the last year?

2. Do you notice a breakdown, fatigue, decreased concentration and motivation?

3. Do you suffer from insomnia, sleep disorders?

4. Have you noticed that familiar foods smell strange and do not cause appetite, or do you have a distortion of smell and taste?

5. Have you seen a doctor about feeling unwell after recovering from the coronavirus?

6. Have you had a severe form of COVID-19 with a “cytokine storm”?

7. Do you have chronic diseases (cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrinological) overweight?

8. Are you experiencing signs of anxiety, anxiety, panic attacks?

9. Do you notice that you have more headaches than before?

If you answered “yes” to three or more questions, you may have post-COVID syndrome. The questionnaire is not a way to make a diagnosis. Specialist consultation required.

Postcovid syndrome: what is it?

According to statistics, poor health can bother a person even a year after a full recovery from COVID-19. This state is called “postcovid syndrome” its symptoms usually appear during from 12 weeks and more after infection. Post-covid conditions are more common in people who have had a severe form of COVID-19, but are quite common in those who have had mild and even asymptomatic form.

Synonyms of post-covid syndrome:

  • prolonged COVID-19
  • chronic COVID-19
  • post-acute COVID-19
  • long-term effects of COVID-19
  • long covid

How does post-COVID syndrome manifest?

Post-COVID-19 conditions can include a wide range of health problems and can last for weeks, months, or years. Sometimes the symptoms may disappear and then return again.

General manifestations:

  • fatigue;

  • general weakness;

  • the appearance of malaise after physical or mental stress.

Neurological manifestations:

  • difficulty thinking or concentrating – “fog in the head”;

  • headache;

  • sleep problems;

  • dizziness, including with a sharp change in body position;

  • tingling sensation with a pin or needle on the skin;

  • change in smell or taste;

  • constant anxiety.

In addition, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, coughing, chest discomfort, rapid heart rate (tachycardia), pain in the joints or muscles, and menstrual irregularities may be disturbing.

Who gets post-COVID syndrome more often?

more risk subject to development:

  • who had a severe form of the disease, especially those who were hospitalized or needed intensive care;

  • people with chronic diseases;

  • unvaccinated recoveries;

  • patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (“cytokine storm”) during or after COVID-19 disease.

How to help yourself with post-COVID syndrome

With post-Covid syndrome affecting millions of people who have recovered from COVID-19 and significantly affecting quality of life and well-being, the efforts of the medical community today are focused on finding effective treatments and remedies that can reduce unpleasant symptoms.

The rehabilitation plan may include both non-drug methods and medication.

What can you do yourself

  1. Reduce the amount of stress in your life.

  • Try not to follow the news about the next round of the pandemic in a constant mode. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news, including social media. This will help reduce stress levels.

  • Find time to relax.

Try the progressive muscle relaxation technique.

Alternately, for a few seconds, tense and then relax the muscles of the body. First tighten the muscles of both feet, literally not a few seconds, then relax them. After that, tighten the muscles of both legs and relax too. Sequentially go to the tension and relaxation of the muscles:

  • hips;

  • buttocks;

  • press;

  • brushes;

  • forearms;

  • shoulders

  • back;

  • neck;

  • persons.

At the end of the exercise, pay attention to whether all the muscles are relaxed. If not, then strain them again separately.

Then take a few deep breaths and rest for a few minutes.

  1. Get yourself quality sleep.
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  • Turn off your mobile phone and TV an hour before bedtime.

  • Ventilate the room.

  • Turn off noisy appliances.

  • Dim the light.

  • Clear things in advance so that you are not annoyed by the mess.

  • Add pleasant aromas with a diffuser or aroma lamp. In addition to relaxation, the pleasant smells of lavender and bergamot can be a training for the sense of smell.

  • Don’t eat a lot before bed, but don’t go hungry either. The ideal dinner option is fish or poultry with vegetables 2-3 hours before bedtime.

  1. Hold yourself emotionally.

  • You are not alone, keep in touch with people who can help you with household chores or provide emotional support. Talk to someone you trust about your concerns and how you feel. It can be real and virtual friends, family, even members of public organizations.

  • If you realize that you are overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, sadness, anxiety, you should think about the help of a psychologist.

  • To understand if there is an improvement in the psychological state and how fast it is, keeping a diary can help. Recordings will help to sort through thoughts, feelings, physical sensations.

What medications may be helpful for recovering from COVID-19

  1. Discuss the appropriateness of taking medications with a doctor if deficiencies are identified. gland as well as vitamin D.

People aged 18 to 50 years are recommended to get at least 600-800 IU of the vitamin per day to prevent vitamin deficiency. For those over 50, at least 800–1000 IU of vitamin D per day is recommended to prevent deficiency.

For prevention, it is possible to use cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol.

  1. Neurological symptoms, such as deterioration in memory and attention, quality of sleep, performance, strongly affect the quality of life of a person and require attention and correction.

With neurological disorders, the drug Brainmax can be used.

This is a unique development of Russian scientists, which has no analogues in composition and action.

Due to the multimodality of therapeutic effects and complex effects, Brainmax is used for various neurological disorders:

  • chronic fatigue;

  • attention disorders;

  • memory impairment;

  • forgetfulness.

The drug optimizes the work of brain cells, restores the processes of oxygen delivery even in conditions of forced hypoxia. And this enhances the body’s capabilities during hard work and high physical exertion, as well as after an illness (including after COVID-19).

The drug works at three levels at once: neuronal, vascular and metabolic.

The course of treatment lasts 10-14 days.

  1. It is possible that in the near future drugs such as montelukast and deupirfenidone will be used to treat respiratory complications. The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and various sets of breathing exercises will also expand.

  2. The dietary supplement nicotinamide riboside appears to be promising for alleviating cognitive symptoms and fatigue. In clinical studies, its ability to regulate the pro-inflammatory response is being studied.

The use of vitamin C and other antioxidants to date has not been proven effective in the treatment of post-COVID syndrome.

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