Hi – I’m joining and sharing to learn from this forum & share my story.
I experienced mild cold symptoms the last week of Feb after international travel on the last day Australia accepted flights from China. On Mar 1 I grew quite ill from c-19-like symptoms: fever, cough, extreme fatigue & shortness of breath. My doctor refused to accept it could be Covid. BC government guidelines made me ineligible for testing. In spite of persistent & worsening symptoms (& weekly dr visits) I was only tested 1 Month after first symptoms. Not surprisingly, it was negative (false negatives after 21 days are over 70% according to one study I read). I never fully lost my sense of taste / smell but experienced 2 weeks where food was bland & I didn’t want to eat. My blood work & X-rays have been clear except for initial high D-dimer. They won’t give me a CT scan.
I started to develop heart issues Week 3 and have since been diagnosed with Pericarditis (via ECG & Echo Doppler). Symptoms of fatigue, Chest pain, lung burn and erratic HR with mild exercise continued every day … but slowly improved until week 8. It remains painful to lie flat & I continue to need to sleep on pillows.
Last week I experienced a significant relapse. Fatigue became crushing. The tightness in my chest & lung burn grew worse than ever. My Heart hurts with any minor walking. My cough has returned and I get a fever if I am up doing light house chores for a half hour (up to 100.5 but frequently only 99.3-99.5). It quickly drops with rest. I’m finding it very difficult to sit up (much less stand) for any period of time & am at more peace when semi-reclined.
I feel like I am actively fighting something! My doctors leading theory is that I em experiencing post viral fatigue and pericarditis second to EBV (similar time mono). They refuse to believe this could have been Covid, much less that I could still be fighting it.
I am scared and demoralized, in spite of actively cultivating all my calming, meditative and healing abilities. I should not that I used to climb mountains and be an athlete (44 years old) but can now scarcely climb a flight of stairs & must rest 3 times midway.
Has anybody experienced similar timescales? Any advice on what to ask my Dr? I’m supposed to see a specialist via tele-health this week.