“It is a constellation of signs:” Docs who discover restoration from COVID-19 are sometimes gradual and incomplete

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More and more COVID-19 patients are finding that recovery is often not quick or even complete.

One of the big problems that pop up is headaches, which often last for weeks or even months, and can affect both children and adults.

“Headaches are usually one of the most common long-term complications we see after COVID,” says Dr. Emad Estamalik, Cleveland Clinic headache specialist.

Migraine sufferers in particular feel the headaches before COVID-19 compared to their cousins ​​after the consequences pale.

“You have a high frequency or increased amount of migraines and headaches after your COVID illness, and this lasts for several weeks or several months,” says Dr. Estamalik.

Dr. Estamalik says there are patients who never had migraines but did after COVID.

In the worst case, some may find the headache relentless.

“It’s an incessant, persistent headache with episodic spikes that lasts around the clock,” he explains.

The longer the headache lasts, says Dr. Estamalik: “There may be some loss of brain tissue.”

Often times, post-COVID patients report more than just a headache.

“I hear a lot of patients, you know, talk about persistent fatigue, mood swings, depression and anxiety after an illness like this,” he says. “So again, it’s a constellation of symptoms as we say.”

Although headaches were a strong indicator of COVID from the start, Dr. Estamalik: “So there is an overlap, so all respiratory symptoms can overlap with allergy symptoms, and both can also be linked to headaches. The first word is always if you have any doubts, let yourself be tested. “

The test will help you respond to COVID earlier or it may point you in a different direction.

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“You know that some of the allergy symptoms may have similar symptoms, but typically, but you won’t lose smell and taste with what you know about allergies,” he says. “So when you have a headache, alone, when there are no other symptoms. It is probably unlikely that it is COVID. “

And whether it’s COVID or allergies, warns Dr. Estamalik before over-the-counter products.

“Be careful not to take too much or too much over-the-counter pain reliever just because of the effects we sometimes see with these drugs and what we call rebound or drug overuse headaches,” says Dr. Estamalik.

Treatment for the headache is a delicate balance of medications that do not make other conditions worse.

He says other remedies, such as lifestyle and psychological counseling, are also helpful in reducing other things that can cause headaches or make them worse.

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