consequences of coronavirus and doctor’s comment

It is no longer a secret to any­one that coro­n­avirus quite often caus­es the so-called post-covid syn­drome. It can appear imme­di­ate­ly after the dis­ease and stay with the per­son for sev­er­al months.

Eka­te­ri­na Yat­senko — Doc­tor of Neu­rol­o­gy, Doc­tor of Med­ical Sci­ences, Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Acad­e­my of Neu­rol­o­gy (EAN)

Until recent­ly, it was assumed that post-COVID could over­take only those peo­ple who had been ill in a mild form. How­ev­er, prac­tice shows that post-covid syn­drome man­i­fests itself regard­less of the sever­i­ty of the dis­ease. Let’s explore this issue with Eka­te­ri­na Yat­senkoDoc­tor of Neu­rol­o­gy, MD, Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Acad­e­my of Neu­rol­o­gy (EAN).

Post-Covid symptoms:

  • con­stant short­ness of breath (even with the most min­i­mal exer­tion);
  • cough that does not respond to treat­ment;
  • a con­stant feel­ing of weak­ness and fatigue, as if there is no strength to live;
  • pro­longed loss of taste and (or) smell;
  • oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal symp­toms that pre­vent a per­son from lead­ing a nor­mal life.

Complications after coronavirus

Today we would like to dwell in more detail on post-COVID com­pli­ca­tions that direct­ly affect the human ner­vous sys­tem.

post-covid syndrome


Depression and panic attacks

Depres­sion and pan­ic attacks are anoth­er com­mon neu­ro­log­i­cal symp­toms of post-COVID syn­drome. They arise due to dys­func­tion of the hypo­thal­a­mus, which often appears after attacks of influen­za-like virus­es (and covid belongs to this group of virus­es).

Hypo­thal­a­mus dys­func­tion man­i­fests itself in prob­lems with the auto­nom­ic sys­tem, and also begins to pro­duce a large amount of stress hor­mones. It is these hor­mones that cause spasms of the ves­sel, emo­tion­al swings, and sleep dis­tur­bance.

Imag­ine that you live with the con­stant feel­ing that your worst ene­my is behind you. As a result, you will not be able to sleep nor­mal­ly, you will feel anx­i­ety and con­stant stress, fear, tachy­car­dia will appear, and so on. Of course, against the back­ground of such a state, pan­ic attacks and depres­sion may appear.

A pan­ic attack is a sud­den onset of intense anx­i­ety with­out a real cause. A per­son may feel dizzy, dis­ori­ent­ed, he can­not con­trol him­self, his heart bursts out of his chest. After some time, his con­di­tion will return to nor­mal. Although pan­ic attacks are not life threat­en­ing, they have a strong impact on a per­son­’s social life.

Dur­ing depres­sion, a per­son los­es inter­est in life, the mood is depressed. Often, along with depres­sion, insom­nia devel­ops and a per­son can actu­al­ly do noth­ing with his con­di­tion. He can­not bounce back thanks to efforts on him­self, auto-train­ing or work with a psy­chol­o­gist. He needs help.

Depres­sion and pan­ic attacks need treat­ment, so with these symp­toms you need to see a doc­tor and find the right ther­a­py.



Cognitive problems

Prob­lems with cog­ni­tive func­tions, name­ly: prob­lems with mem­o­ry, con­cen­tra­tion, dif­fi­cul­ties with the per­cep­tion of infor­ma­tion, arise due to ener­gy defi­cien­cy in the brain. The thing is that the coro­n­avirus is quite neu­ro­tox­ic, it is not a dif­fi­cult task for it to pen­e­trate the brain and dis­rupt some of its func­tions.

With any attack, the brain first of all turns off the so-called “redun­dant func­tions”: this is mem­o­ry, the abil­i­ty to con­cen­trate and the abil­i­ty to ana­lyze the infor­ma­tion received. This hap­pens because he does not have enough strength to pro­vide even the basic func­tions of life: breath­ing, heart­beat, diges­tion, hor­mon­al bal­ance, and so on.

It is impor­tant to under­stand that dur­ing peri­ods when the brain is bad (this can be after any viral dis­ease, stroke, trau­mat­ic brain injury), cog­ni­tive func­tions dete­ri­o­rate first of all. These vio­la­tions man­i­fest them­selves as fol­lows:

  • a per­son for­gets just received infor­ma­tion;
  • can­not “pull him­self togeth­er”
  • unable to con­cen­trate on a task.

Of course, this con­di­tion also affects the gen­er­al well-being, most often peo­ple com­plain that dur­ing the whole day they feel as if they were abrupt­ly awak­ened in the mid­dle of the night.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, a mag­ic pill that would quick­ly restore human cog­ni­tive func­tions has not yet been invent­ed. This takes time and prop­er ther­a­py. The main thing dur­ing the recov­ery peri­od is not to reproach your­self that you can­not do or remem­ber some­thing. Plan your day as much as pos­si­ble and give your­self the oppor­tu­ni­ty to relax. And don’t hes­i­tate to seek med­ical help.

Post­covid syn­drome can man­i­fest itself in dif­fer­ent ways. The main thing is to see the prob­lem in time and not be afraid to solve it.

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