About Covid “Leftovers”
Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who had COVID. Most people know of someone dealing with ‘long COVID.” No matter your opinion of the origin, political response, and social reaction to COVID, it is a very real and potentially deadly virus that caused permanent damage to millions.
COVID-19’s effects extend beyond the acute illness experienced during the infection period; think of these effects as ‘leftovers.’ Among the ‘leftovers’ of COVID are disruption of the immune system, hormone system, thyroid, pituitary gland, brain, liver damage, lung injury, and others. Even in cases not officially categorized as ‘long COVID,’ many, many people’s overall health was and continue to be negatively affected by the virus.
Typical Covid Leftovers
1. Disruption of the Immune System:
COVID-19 can trigger an overactive immune response, leading to a dysregulated immune system even after recovery. This can result in a heightened risk of autoimmune disorders, chronic inflammation, and increased vulnerability to other infections.
2. Hormonal Imbalances:
The virus can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones within the body. This disruption may lead to irregularities in the menstrual cycle, fertility challenges, and hormonal imbalances that impact overall well-being.
3. Thyroid and Pituitary Gland Dysfunction:
COVID-19 has been associated with thyroid dysfunction, including both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Moreover, the virus can affect the pituitary gland, which plays a crucial role in regulating hormone production throughout the body.
4. Brain and Neurological Effects:
Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 can penetrate the central nervous system, potentially leading to neurological complications. These may manifest as persistent brain fog, memory issues, headaches, mood disorders, and even neurological conditions such as Guillain-Barré syndrome.
5. Liver Damage:
The virus can cause inflammation and injury to the liver, ranging from mild abnormalities in liver function tests to more severe conditions such as hepatitis and liver failure. Prolonged liver damage can have long-term implications for overall health and well-being.
6. Lung Injury and Respiratory Complications:
Even in individuals who did not require hospitalization, COVID-19 can leave lasting damage to the lungs. Conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, scarring, and reduced lung capacity have been observed, leading to persistent respiratory symptoms and decreased quality of life.
Understanding the Connection:
Given the range of long-term health issues associated with COVID-19, it is crucial for individuals experiencing health challenges around the same time as their infection to consider a potential connection. If you are grappling with persistent symptoms following COVID-19, it is highly recommended to undergo a thorough wellness screening., which we offer here at Health+Plus Clinic in Oak Grove, Missouri.
Seeking Support and Treatment:
Discovering a connection between your health challenges and a previous COVID-19 infection can provide crucial insights for targeted treatment and management strategies. We can develop personalized plans to improve the functioning of affected systems and mitigate the long-term consequences.
Sadly, COVID-19 is far from being just a temporary illness. Its long-term consequences can impact various systems in the body, causing persistent health challenges for many individuals. If you have a health challenge that began at about the same time as COVID, you should suspect a connection.
Health+Plus Clinic in Oak Grove, Missouri offers a thorough wellness screening that checks your lungs, circulation, hormones, thyroid, liver, etc. It is definitely recommended if you have long-term symptoms. If a dysfunction is found, there are most likely steps that can be taken to improve how your body functions. If you are interested in learning more or you want to schedule your wellness screening, call 816-625-4497 or use our contact page. We would love to meet you and see what we can do to help.
Health+Plus is not an emergency medical facility. If you are having sudden intense symptoms go to a hospital, urgent care center, or call 911.