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Coronavirus And ME: 'I Had Covid-19 Months Ago, But Its Ghost Still Haunts Me'

Tuesday 7 July 2020


From UK newspaper The Telegraph:


Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Helen Kirwan-Taylor felt the return of ME
symptoms after contracting coronavirus.
(CREDIT: Christopher Pledger)

Coronavirus and ME: 'I had Covid-19 months ago, but its ghost still haunts me'

After contracting Covid-19 in February, Helen Kirwan-Taylor felt the return of some unwelcome symptoms

By Helen Kirwan-Taylor
28 June 2020
© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2020.

Like so many others I thought I had flu back in February. I had no cough and no fever to speak of though it did feel something was in my lungs for weeks. I didn’t think about it again until my glands started to swell up every so often accompanied by a low-grade fever. Then I started getting a new cold sore per week. One morning I woke up with a whacking dose of sinusitis.

My body has been like a symphony of symptoms on and off since February. One day I would feel fine then suddenly be overwhelmed with excruciating fatigue, a sore throat and the same sort of seasick disorientation and dizziness that my occasional bouts of labyrinthitis used to bring on.

A month ago I woke up with pain in my chest and the familiar exhaustion (and shakes, tremors and confusion) but this time it stuck. I didn’t need a doctor to tell me that I was having a relapse not only of chronic fatigue (which I have had twice) but also every other malady I have suffered from in the past, including sinusitis, labyrinthitis and cold sores. This is not unique to me. When I log onto the Long Haul Covid Fighters Facebook page, I see dozens of reports of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and even Lyme disease returning after Covid.


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