Anyone experience Post Acute Covid Infection Anxiety? What helped you?

Posted by tiredmommy @tiredmommy, May 27 5:54pm

I’ve talked with my dr about starting an anti anxiety medication as we both agree it would help me. For those that have decided this path with their doctors, what were some factors you thought about on types? Specifically, because it appears I still have leg pain that hasn’t been diagnosed on what’s going on (naturopathy, muscular, vascular, etc.) one doctor said Prozac and then also said there are some anti anxiety meds that also help with naturopathy.

Has anyone come across any research of anti anxiety medication for post acute Covid people still experiencing symptoms?

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@tiredmommy, that must be a relief to have made a decision to address anxiety and to work with your doctor on a medication and dosage that works for you. I think fellow long haulers like @ldropps @kirstenk2003 @mamafluh may also have some experience in addressing the mental side effects of COVID big and small.

Here's an article from the American Psychological Association that might interest you.
– Treating patients with long COVID https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/07/treating-long-covid

Did you decide on a medication?

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Thank you so much! Hadn’t read that. I’m nervous as I’ve never dealt with anxiety or taken meds, but I also realize I’m struggling to reset and just need to acknowledge (with my doctors guidance and support) how to feel better and more myself.

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@tiredmommy

Thank you so much! Hadn’t read that. I’m nervous as I’ve never dealt with anxiety or taken meds, but I also realize I’m struggling to reset and just need to acknowledge (with my doctors guidance and support) how to feel better and more myself.

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My daughter is a long hauler, and has found medication (she has tried several – it took time to get right) and mindfulness practices she got from her post-Covid treatment help her through. She has also learned to keep her hands busy (she crochets) and her mind occupied (books on tape or favorite movies/music.) She has good days and bad, but the good are gradually outnumbering the bad.

I hope this helps you.
Sue

PS And she is learning to pace herself better. Thursday, she felt invincible, did way to much, and is paying the price this weekend.

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@colleenyoung

@tiredmommy, that must be a relief to have made a decision to address anxiety and to work with your doctor on a medication and dosage that works for you. I think fellow long haulers like @ldropps @kirstenk2003 @mamafluh may also have some experience in addressing the mental side effects of COVID big and small.

Here's an article from the American Psychological Association that might interest you.
– Treating patients with long COVID https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/07/treating-long-covid

Did you decide on a medication?

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I've tried what @sueinmn talks about. Plus I have dogs who help a lot. I'm personally on medication for anxiety and depression which I had prior to Covid. I also see a therapist regularly. I feel like I have some PTSD both from Covid itself, but also from seeing all the doctors. I naturally tend to feel like everything is my fault and when there isn't a clear "this is how to fix this" I worry that I'm making it worse than it is. I also have chronic migraines and congenital heart disease so I see a lot of doctors.

Please know that you aren't alone. I'm here if you ever need to talk to someone. Also, I can say from experience that the folks who staff the mental health hotlines are very good.

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I suffer from post-Covid syndrome, since Feb 2021. For me, focusing on what I CAN do has been helpful, focusing on what I CAN eat, etc.
I started fluvoxamine 100mg in Apr 2022, split the dose and take half every 12 hrs. This has helped with anxiety, also meditation (I really like the app Headspace). The book "Loving What Is" has helped.
Before covid, I was running 2 to 3 mi 3x/week, weight workout 3x/week. That was in December 2020. I finally am back to running, no weights yet.
This past month, my taste has started improving – I can eat bananas and grapes again! It is a long haul, taking a lot more time than I expected to recover. I do think mental health is key to overcoming this physical issue. Again, focus on what you can eat, what you can do. The fluvoxamine was a game changer last year. I've started experimenting with halving the dose at night. I would love to be back to where I was! But, it's a relief to have a medication that helps.

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