A Functional Medicine to Long Covid
The term “Long COVID’ or “Long Haul Covid” is commonly used to describe the symptoms that continue after one month of having COVID-19. Typically,
Those that have had confirmed COVID-19 will experience symptoms for upt o 14 days. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or acute.
Most patients will make a full recovery from the Covid infection with adequate rest and recuperation unless there is an underlying illness or they are in a vunerable risk category.
Long Covid is a term to describe the effects of Covid-19 that continue for months beyond the initial illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines long Covid in the following way: “Post Covid-19 condition occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually 3 months from the onset of Covid-19 with symptoms and that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.”
Estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May, 970,000 people in the UK were reporting long Covid symptoms in the four weeks to 1 August 2021. These were defined as symptoms that had lasted more than four weeks from initial infection and continued after 12 weeks.
Long Covid Symptoms
There are over 150 different symptoms that have been reported in more than 10 organ systems.
Our Functional Medicine practitioners seek to address the main underlying causes of these debilitating symptoms in order to treat them more effectively and get you back to an improved quality of life, as we understand how this condition can heavily impact patients family, work and social activities.
Some of the most common symptoms include
→ Chronic Fatigue
→ Shortness of breath
→ IBS type symptoms
→ Neurological Symptoms
→ Emotional distress
→ Shortness of breath
→ Brain Fog
→ Muscle Weakness
We will also look to take a detailed history and see what other factors that be contributing to your symptoms, so we can piece together any information that can help determine the imbalance.
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Long Covid Treatment
Our practitioners are versed in helping patients recover from chronic illness whether that be hidden viral infections, chronic inflammatory diseases or multi organ dysfunction. Our approach to treating long covid works on very much the same principles and we look at all body systems and use an evidence-based approach with clinical diagnostics and appropriate therapeutic methods to support a healthy immune response and recovery. We look to go beyond simply treating the symptoms and with some of the complexities involved in long covid, this may mean we look to balance immune function, reduce inflammation, restore hormone and nervous system balance to help you recover sooner.
Long Covid Approach
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