How long does lingering covid last? Is there any help?

Posted by gabbygirlkc09 @gabbygirlkc09, Nov 4, 2021

Hello,
I have Covid Delta Variant for 6 weeks now. I’m at end stage of covid/ covid lingering symptoms: fatigue is the worst, chest tightness, shortness of breath, heart beats quick, chest pain, cough, diarrhea, dizziness from sit to standing or move too quickly, some loss of smell . These are my main symptoms. I’m getting better slowly.
Worried and anxious about why I’m still sick not better yet.
I’m fully vaccinated since Feb’2021. Never had covid prior.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 group.

Hello @gabbygirlkc09 Sadly you’re not alone in your lingering symptoms from Covid. As you can see, we’ve got an entire group dedicated to this virus and its aftermath. I’m so sorry you contracted covid even after being vaccinated. Unfortunately we don’t know how long the immunity lasts from the vaccines.
The recovery times from the virus are just as varied and unknown as to who gets the virus, how severely they react and the duration of the disease. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t play fair and doesn’t follow an instruction manual.

I found some discussions and linked the sites below. The last link is for a national register yay of Post Covid Care Centers which you can open and find a center near you.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-acute-covid-19-syndrome/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/post-covid-recovery/newsfeed-post/post-covid-syndrome-and-medications/
Post covid care centers. https://www.survivorcorps.com/pccc

Have you been seen by your physician?

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I am new to mayo discussion group and don't know how to navigate this system. I am a long haul covid sufferer. woundering what types of theripy people use. I do cross word puzzles, word search, 500 piece puzzles and exercise. Looking for feed back. Spicifically on exercise. I do 30 minutes regular walk one day. the next day do 30 minute walk with 3 intervals of power walking (called HIGH INTESILTY INTERVAL TRAINING or HIIT for short.) Not sure of the sanity of such a workout. Has anyone read, expeienced, information on using HIIT connected to covid-19? I was hit perty bad. What I've read so far many people were hit worse the me. I spent a months time in the hospital and nursing home with follow up phisical therapy in Nov. of 2020.

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@skinner

I am new to mayo discussion group and don't know how to navigate this system. I am a long haul covid sufferer. woundering what types of theripy people use. I do cross word puzzles, word search, 500 piece puzzles and exercise. Looking for feed back. Spicifically on exercise. I do 30 minutes regular walk one day. the next day do 30 minute walk with 3 intervals of power walking (called HIGH INTESILTY INTERVAL TRAINING or HIIT for short.) Not sure of the sanity of such a workout. Has anyone read, expeienced, information on using HIIT connected to covid-19? I was hit perty bad. What I've read so far many people were hit worse the me. I spent a months time in the hospital and nursing home with follow up phisical therapy in Nov. of 2020.

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Hi @skinner, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We’re an online community forum where members come together to use our experiences and valuable insights gathered along our life journies to help each other.

You found the right place for discussions on Covid and long haulers…
I commend you for taking such positive actions in managing your symptoms! Wow, I’m sorry you had such an awful time with Covid though. You’ve obviously been through the wringer with this. As you can see you’re not alone, we have quite a few members in our Covid recovery group.

I think exercise is a huge component in recovery from any illness. It’s not always easy but it helps to keep motived and positive. So your ability to do some HIIT power walks is excellent!

While you’re waiting for other members to reply, I found a site which contains some articles on HIIT in regard to Covid
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32721412/
And in order to help you navigate our Connect site, here’s a link to some of the most asked questions. But please, feel free to ask anything!
Also take some time to peruse some of our 70+ Health groups and jump into any conversation where you find an interest or might be able to offer some encouragement to other members.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/
Do you have any questions? What bought you to our Connect forum?

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@skinner

I am new to mayo discussion group and don't know how to navigate this system. I am a long haul covid sufferer. woundering what types of theripy people use. I do cross word puzzles, word search, 500 piece puzzles and exercise. Looking for feed back. Spicifically on exercise. I do 30 minutes regular walk one day. the next day do 30 minute walk with 3 intervals of power walking (called HIGH INTESILTY INTERVAL TRAINING or HIIT for short.) Not sure of the sanity of such a workout. Has anyone read, expeienced, information on using HIIT connected to covid-19? I was hit perty bad. What I've read so far many people were hit worse the me. I spent a months time in the hospital and nursing home with follow up phisical therapy in Nov. of 2020.

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Check out the PBS program “Sit and Be Fit” and their “Easy Yoga” program. I have found both very helpful

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Hi, my husband and are about finished with the last of the Covid. We immediately were given the antibody infusion and it helped us a lot and it took about 6 weeks for the cough to completely go away. I was told that if we had another Covid test we would probably test positive. Does anyone know how long before a test would come back negative?

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@loribmt

Hello @gabbygirlkc09 Sadly you’re not alone in your lingering symptoms from Covid. As you can see, we’ve got an entire group dedicated to this virus and its aftermath. I’m so sorry you contracted covid even after being vaccinated. Unfortunately we don’t know how long the immunity lasts from the vaccines.
The recovery times from the virus are just as varied and unknown as to who gets the virus, how severely they react and the duration of the disease. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t play fair and doesn’t follow an instruction manual.

I found some discussions and linked the sites below. The last link is for a national register yay of Post Covid Care Centers which you can open and find a center near you.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-acute-covid-19-syndrome/
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/blog/post-covid-recovery/newsfeed-post/post-covid-syndrome-and-medications/
Post covid care centers. https://www.survivorcorps.com/pccc

Have you been seen by your physician?

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Yes, I’ve been seen by my PCP couple times. ER couple times.
I’m being refer to cardiologist in December for evaluation.
At what stage does post covid recovery start?
Thank you so much for advice and help!!

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@gabbygirlkc09

Yes, I’ve been seen by my PCP couple times. ER couple times.
I’m being refer to cardiologist in December for evaluation.
At what stage does post covid recovery start?
Thank you so much for advice and help!!

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Yes there is post Covid help. First of all … you need an oxygen concentrator at home. It is easy to use. Even if the saturation is good, in the evening it is necessary to take oxygen. Then there is a respiratory protocol in which purity certified oils are used / 100 /. When you use them you will feel that you are reborn, that the air is so fresh … Everything is at your choice.

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@gabbygirlkc09

Yes, I’ve been seen by my PCP couple times. ER couple times.
I’m being refer to cardiologist in December for evaluation.
At what stage does post covid recovery start?
Thank you so much for advice and help!!

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I’m not really sure there’s a definitive start date for post covid recovery. The “normal” recovery time seems to be up to 6 weeks with the lingering cough. But as you know, there are thousands of people having side effects way longer. It’s discouraging and frustrating to both the patients and the medical community.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351
It’s a relief to hear your PCP is being proactive and not dismissing your symptoms. That doesn’t seem to be the case with everyone. It’s also encouraging to see you’re at least improving, albeit slowly.

What are you about to do daily as far as walking and eating? If you’re not feeling well, I can’t imagine your able to keep up a healthy diet. Do you get enough water during the day? Have you had blood tests to check your iron level and hemoglobin. Some of those symptoms can be from low iron and dehydration.

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@loribmt

Hi @skinner, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We’re an online community forum where members come together to use our experiences and valuable insights gathered along our life journies to help each other.

You found the right place for discussions on Covid and long haulers…
I commend you for taking such positive actions in managing your symptoms! Wow, I’m sorry you had such an awful time with Covid though. You’ve obviously been through the wringer with this. As you can see you’re not alone, we have quite a few members in our Covid recovery group.

I think exercise is a huge component in recovery from any illness. It’s not always easy but it helps to keep motived and positive. So your ability to do some HIIT power walks is excellent!

While you’re waiting for other members to reply, I found a site which contains some articles on HIIT in regard to Covid
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32721412/
And in order to help you navigate our Connect site, here’s a link to some of the most asked questions. But please, feel free to ask anything!
Also take some time to peruse some of our 70+ Health groups and jump into any conversation where you find an interest or might be able to offer some encouragement to other members.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/
Do you have any questions? What bought you to our Connect forum?

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In answer to your question. It was llisted in one of the last issues of the Mayo Medical news letters you have to pay $32.00/yr to recieve. It was not readily recognized. (as I recall.) So must read all the fine print and regular size print to find address.

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@micamica69

Yes there is post Covid help. First of all … you need an oxygen concentrator at home. It is easy to use. Even if the saturation is good, in the evening it is necessary to take oxygen. Then there is a respiratory protocol in which purity certified oils are used / 100 /. When you use them you will feel that you are reborn, that the air is so fresh … Everything is at your choice.

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Update: My doctor started me on new asthma inhaler w/corticosteroids last Tuesday. I am doing better.l! Still having fatigue, SOB, and chest pain/tightness.

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@loribmt

I’m not really sure there’s a definitive start date for post covid recovery. The “normal” recovery time seems to be up to 6 weeks with the lingering cough. But as you know, there are thousands of people having side effects way longer. It’s discouraging and frustrating to both the patients and the medical community.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351
It’s a relief to hear your PCP is being proactive and not dismissing your symptoms. That doesn’t seem to be the case with everyone. It’s also encouraging to see you’re at least improving, albeit slowly.

What are you about to do daily as far as walking and eating? If you’re not feeling well, I can’t imagine your able to keep up a healthy diet. Do you get enough water during the day? Have you had blood tests to check your iron level and hemoglobin. Some of those symptoms can be from low iron and dehydration.

Jump to this post

Update: My doctor started me on new asthma inhaler w/corticosteroids last Tuesday. I am doing better.l! Still having fatigue, SOB, and chest pain/tightness. I’m now in week 8 and in recovery stage. I had PFT this past Friday, I did not do well.

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@gabbygirlkc09

Update: My doctor started me on new asthma inhaler w/corticosteroids last Tuesday. I am doing better.l! Still having fatigue, SOB, and chest pain/tightness. I’m now in week 8 and in recovery stage. I had PFT this past Friday, I did not do well.

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Hi Gabby, this is some encouraging news! I’m glad to hear you’re doing some better after using the inhaler! The steroid in the inhaler will help calm the over reactive tissue in your lungs. Hopefully that puts you on the track to recovery by allowing more air to flow freely and oxygenate your blood.
It’s just unreal how long the Covid side effects are lingering. I’m so sorry you’re still going through all of this. I know the not-so-good result on your pulmonary function test is disheartening. However, now it’s obvious to your doctors that this is a real problem and you’re being treated! They’ll keep better tabs on your situation. It will be interesting to hear the results of your meeting with a cardiologist in December.

Two of my fellow mentors have experience with shortness of breath, and lung health conditions. I’m wondering if @sueinmn and @gabrielm would have any suggestions for improving your breathing and lung capacity.
Did your doctor recommend any type of physical therapy or breathing exercises?

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