Symptoms of long-haul COVID-19
An unfortunate number of patients (an estimated 10-33%) who have had COVID-19, even mild cases, appear to be developing a post-viral syndrome that including, but not limited to, the following persistent symptoms:
- Racing heart
- Crushing fatigue
- Dysautonomia or dizziness when standing
- Gut issues
- Changes in taste
- Joint and muscle pain
- Chest pain
- Brain fog
Although symptoms may slowly lessen, many continue to experience symptoms.
Our integrative approach
Post-viral syndrome is well-known, albeit not always well-characterized because it can present so uniquely in each patient. It is part of a neuroinflammation response. As a clinic that already serves patients with dysautonomia, ME/CFS and MCAS, we are uniquely positioned to help patients heal from the long-term effects of COVID-19.
At the Center for Healing Neurology, we apply our extensive knowledge and experience in treating post-viral syndromes and neuroinflammation. Through integrative medicine, we identity the best initial testing battery, such as cytokine panels or autonomic nervous system testing, and provide recommendations in diet, lifestyle, sleep, supplements and over the counter medications, as well as peptides, stem cells, Ayurvedic therapies, acupuncture, pharmaceuticals and compounded products.
Making an appointment
If you are experiencing the “long-haul” symptoms of COVID-19, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment, either in-clinic or via telemedicine. The more acutely this neuroinflammation can be addressed, the better the chances are to recover to a previous baseline. we’ll set up a 90-minute appointment with one of our clinicians. Please send ahead any records you would like our clinicans to review. We will spend the entire time working with you to establish a full plan of next steps by the close of the first visit. Follow up visits are determined on the needed basis, often more frequent in the beginning, lasting 30-45 minutes with the goal of fewer and farther between as you learn how to direct your own trajectory.
Via telemedicine we will gather your history, make some rudimentary physical assessments via video, order testing, make referrals and consider recommendations for over-the-counter medications and supplements. We are unable to prescribe pharmaceuticals beyond Washington & New York State at this time and are happy to collaborate with local clinicians, including guidance on typical compounding and peptide therapies. Our overarching goal remains helping each patient to fully understand themselves and their own health so that, eventually, you are back in charge of your health and familiar with the tools in your toolkit that support the return and maintenance of your own health.
The septad conditions
Post-viral neurological disease is well-established as a mechanism for chronic illness and feeds into a group of neuroinflammatory conditions colloquially called ’the septad’. These conditions include:
- Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)
- Dysautonomia (including POTS)
- Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HDS)
- Gastroparesis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Chronic infections (including Lyme disease and mold toxicity)
- Craniocervical instability (CCI) or tethered cord (TC)
At the Center for Healing Neurology, we offer comprehensive evaluations, to optimize healing from post-viral infection. We understand these conditions require personalized care. We are here to listen, educate, collaborate, and guide you towards healing.
The Cell Danger Response
At the Center for Healing Neurology, we are particularly interested in the relationship between the Cell Danger Response as researched by Dr. Robert Naviaux, the septad conditions, and integrative medicine, especially Ayurveda. As our world pivots towards long-haul COVID-19, we will be qualifying, quantifying and sharing our medicine.
COVID-19 is really SARS-CoV-2 and SARS has documented ‘long-haul’ symptoms. This 2011 article summarizes how somatic and sleep symptoms were the result of neuroinflammation caused by central nervous system coronavirus infection. This neuroinflammation must be addressed for recovery.
The article states “this virus is known to invade the central nervous system & peripheral tissues. Viral particles and viral genome sequences were isolated from the cytoplasm of neurons more commonly in the hypothalamus and the cortex.” It was known then that SARS crosses the blood brain barrier. It was known then from mouse models that the virus moves through the olfactory bulb to the brain.
Our approach to addressing inflammation caused by COVID-19 is integrative, including pharmaceuticals, supplements, peptides, diet, lifestyle, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and interventions like IV therapy, Vasper and hyperbaric oxygen.