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To Those With Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms, From Someone With Chronic Illness

Saturday 4 July 2020


From The Mighty (via Yahoo! News):


Young woman sick in bed
Young woman sick in bed

To Those With Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms, From Someone With Chronic Illness

By Jennifer Diamond
The Mighty
June 26, 2020
© 2020 The Mighty and Yahoo! News.

I thought I needed to be healthy to write about being sick. But that was a myth of my own making; health and healing are not linear. As thousands of COVID-19 patients are sharing, this illness can be unpredictable and devastating — and it can last much longer than expected.

An article published in The Atlantic this month introduced me to the “long-haulers” of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are patients who, often young and previously healthy, are on day 30, 60 or 80 of this illness.

Reported symptoms include debilitating fatigue, unstable blood pressure, unusual headaches and migraines, spikes of fever, difficulty breathing and continuous body aches. These debilitating, seemingly unrelated symptoms have led researchers to look more closely at the relationship between COVID-19 and another post-viral illness I know well — myalgic encephalomyelitis — also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

I was 27 years old when I suddenly became ill. At the time, I was a graduate student in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. I would eventually be diagnosed with ME/CFS at Stanford’s Infectious Disease Clinic.


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