Persistent headaches and nausea

Posted by antonsc @antonsc, May 9 1:34pm

On about day 40 after testing positive for Covid and still have persistent headaches and some nausea that comes and goes. Was taking Tylenol regularly for first sixteen days and some Advil, then stopped, but now the headaches seem to be getting worse this last 20 days – and nothing helps. I know it probably takes time from what I've read, but any point of view on relieving the headache pain? It's almost debilitating. Also started some anti anxiety meds to control tremors that started up as well, but stopped for a while and that didn't seem to stop the headaches.

Hello @antonsc and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Because you mentioned having symptoms lasting 40+ days, I would like to share a blog here on Connect that you might find helpful.

It is called Post-COVID Recovery Blog:

Most people fully recover from COVID-19 in 3 weeks. However, some people continue to have symptoms much longer. These symptoms are varied and continue for varying lengths of time. The most common symptoms are fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, and a loss of smell and taste. The Post-COVID Recovery blog informs members about the latest developments, research trials, resources, and information about the coronavirus, long-term effects, and recovery. It will feature Mayo Clinic experts, most notably Drs Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D., M.P.H. and Ravindra Ganesh, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Have you heard of the term "long haulers" as it relates to people who have tested positive and who also have sustained symptoms lasting longer than 3 weeks? Also, have you consulted with a doctor about these on-going symptoms and any possible interactions with medication?


Thank you for the information. I am working with my primary care doctor, but of course there doesn't seem to be many answers. I'm on a waiting list to see neurologist, but just trying to treat the symptoms at the moment.

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