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Long Covid – it isn’t an entirely new thing

Recent research shows Covid can cause long-term fatigue with similar symptoms to ME/CFS. Jean Monro, Environmental Naturopath, explains the reasons for the similarities and how Breakspear Medical treats the root causes prolonging post-viral illness.

Long Covid isn't entirely a new thing

Long Covid and ME/CFS

For the last few years, we’ve all been inundated with information about Covid. Recent research indicates that up to 1 in 5 people who test positive for COVID-19 develop Long Covid. Long COVID shares many similarities with myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), which many people suffered from well before the pandemic.

Common symptoms

Common symptoms for these conditions include:

  • overall feeling of tiredness or exhaustion
  • shortness of breath
  • concentration/memory problems (brain fog)
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • headaches
  • malaise
  • unexplained muscular or joint pain
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations
  • rashes

Covid & energy production

Studies show that COVID-19 can cause mitochondrial dysfunction in organs, such as the heart, lungs and kidneys. Mitochondria are responsible for producing energy in cells. When mitochondria are damaged by the virus, people experience extreme fatigue. This fatigue has a clear physiological cause that can be detected and addressed.

At Breakspear Medical, in order to help Long Covid and ME/CFS patients, our experienced Clinical Team uses thorough accredited testing to pinpoint any lingering viruses or infection, immune dysfunction, toxicity, or other issues prolonging your illness. We then provide you with a personalised treatment program, which incorporates both traditional and innovative therapies to target the problems that are making you unwell.

Visit our website to find out more about how we treat post-viral fatigue, post-viral syndrome and ME/CFS.

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