Chronic symptoms disappeared during COVID and returned upon recovery

Posted by callmemom @callmemom, Jun 18 3:37am

While I had covid in May 2022 – specifically the 2nd and 3rd day of being symptomatic – a number of the symptoms I normally have went away. These are symptoms that I associate with a pinched nerve in my neck and which I have been told are permanent and likely to get worse with time until I need surgery. Since that is what I have been told, I was a bit shocked when they went away. They were totally gone for 2 days. As I recovered from covid, they gradually returned.

When I shared this with a friend, they said they had a similar thing happen, although they did not elaborate.

Is this a thing? If so, is anyone working on how covid could make that happen? Because I would REALLY like to make that permanent if it is possible.

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Hi @callmemom and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Below is some reference information you might be interested in reading.
Reference info: "Oct 1, 2020 — SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can relieve pain, … why nearly half of people who get COVID-19 experience few or no symptoms, …" — Pain relief caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection may help explain COVID-19 spread: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201001155912.htm

How long have you had a pinched nerve?

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@amandaa

Hi @callmemom and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Below is some reference information you might be interested in reading.
Reference info: "Oct 1, 2020 — SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can relieve pain, … why nearly half of people who get COVID-19 experience few or no symptoms, …" — Pain relief caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection may help explain COVID-19 spread: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201001155912.htm

How long have you had a pinched nerve?

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Thank you. The article was interesting. That could explain the pain relief but I'm not sure it explains the cessation of the vertigo/dizziness that accompany certain positions)
The pinched nerve was diagnosed about 10 years ago, I think. It is only within the last two or three years that it has become apparent that seems to be connected to the vertigo/dizziness with certain movements/positions. At my last appointment with the spine surgeon's PA, after some testing, she made the suggestion that it might be thoracic outlet syndrome. So, not sure where that puts me (i.e. Is that vertigo/dizziness from the pinched nerve or from thoracic outlet syndrome or what?) but I'm getting pretty tired of being my own personal roller coaster. It was such a relief to have it gone even if it did come right back.

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all my previous long term fibro problems completely went away. but i think it was because of the high doses of cortisteroids. a lot of the issues have not returned

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In general I have noticed that my body and mind seems to be impacted or capable of focusing primarily on one symptom or another. I think with pain it's more diversionary in that it's more that your body is more more limited to reacting to one pain, and maybe with other symptoms it just you focus on one over another?

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@dvierheller

all my previous long term fibro problems completely went away. but i think it was because of the high doses of cortisteroids. a lot of the issues have not returned

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I hope they stay away for you. Thank you for the comment.

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