COVID-19 Long Haulers: Symptoms lasting 30 days plus
My name is Lindsay I’m 38 and a physician assistant. I most likely contracted Covid from a sick patient I was caring for. I started off symptoms wise with a sore throat and burning chest pain. This followed by almost a week of feverish chills intense body aches and headaches. These symptoms then lessened and the shortness of breathe started. The breathing was worse at night. On the worst night I sat up struggling to breathe all night long which prompted an ER visit.
I am seeking discussion and support here because my symptoms have not yet entirely subside after 8 weeks.
The shortness of breathe improved slowly over two weeks. I am left with fatigue, dizziness with exertion at times and a racing heart usually every night followed by breaking out in a sweat and chest burning. These symptoms have been present since the shortness did breathe started and only slightly lessen with time. Just when I feel better I will have a rough night. This is how the symptoms have been all along.. a roller coaster.
I have had the million dollar work up meaning general labs a ct of my chest an echo of my heart and even wore a heart monitor.
My pulmonologist, cardiologist and PCP all have not much to say. Other than to rest.
I have overall been very healthy and now find myself unable to get through the day with out lying down and am up many nights with a racing heart and sweats and recurrent mild sob even.
I’m seeking to hear from medical professionals or individuals who find themselves with lingering symptoms. I’m not sure what to do next and am worried. I have young kids who I want to live for and my job after 8 weeks grows impatient with me to return to the field of caring with sick Covid patients.
I am torn not knowing if it’s wise I return with not feeling 100 percent.