I got it about three months ago. At first it was just like having a cold and I didn’t really care, also it was impossible to tell if it was COVID-19 or not. That was the first week, but in the second week I felt more seriously sick, and one night I woke all shaky and short of breath. We went to the hospital, where they suspected COVID-19 and prescribed medication for pneumonia and to to help with breathing. My oxygen level was 91 which is below what’s considered healthy. Had to come in the next day for a chest X-ray, which showed lung infection, but were told it’s not dangerous as long as I feel I’m improving. That day oxygen was 93, and by the following week tested normal.
After going to the hospital I started feeling better relatively quickly, but then it did something weird where it seemed to move from my lungs to my nose, where it came on strong. I nearly completely lost my sense of taste and smell (I could only tell if something was salty or sweet), which returned in a few days. The congestion was probably the worst I’ve had, and then it returned to my lungs again but worse than before.
One of the bad things about it was that it was difficult to sleep; I was generally uncomfortable and kept waking up during the night. I was physically sick with COVID-19, but it was also seemingly complicated by anxiety. A doctor prescribed medication for that but it didn’t seem to help much. I tried an anti-depressant later, but the benefits were slight and the side effects were horrible.
My antibiotic course was 10 days and I stopped taking the breathing medication after that because I felt I didn’t need them anymore. Three or four weeks in it was as if I had mostly recovered, but suddenly I was struck with nausea, threw up one morning for no reason it seems. There was also a bout of diarrhea, maybe a week’s worth?
Fatigue, anxiety, nausea / loss of appetite, aches and pains around the chest, upper back, and neck. Some mild headaches. Just feeling shitty, and I thought it would never end because it all lasted two months total. Individual symptoms would last a few days, get better, and then something else would bother me. Around the end of the two months I either caught something else like a cold or had a brief relapse of cold-like symptoms with coughing, trouble swallowing, and then that was it.
I’m thankful that I seem to have made a full recovery. Eventually I regained my appetite, the pains are gone, I can sleep normally, I feel that I breath well, anxiety has subsided, and so on. The thing that I still have is mild neck pain, but I don’t know the exact cause. I read as much as I could about the disease, and it seems that long-term symptoms can be fallout due to damage the virus has done to your body, which can take several months to a year to heal. Knock on wood, I don’t appear to have developed any bad complication.
The worst part is that it lasted so long and I didn’t know if I was going to get better or worse. The whole thing was scary and frustrating. People think staying in home quarantine, wearing masks, and social distancing is a drag, but those things are fun and games compared to the disease. Any way to avoid it is totally justified in my opinion.
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My wife’s coworker’s wife works in a hospital, and that was enough for us to get it as soon as everything began shutting down here in mid-March. I’ve never really had eye issues so at the time I was convinced I had pink eye, and no one had ever suggested to me that eye infections could be symptoms, so I went to urgent care for antibiotic drops. (For what it’s worth, the doctors didn’t tell me it could be related on that visit either.) I was told it doesn’t quite look like pink eye, but I was prescribed drops anyway as a precaution, and they didn’t help.
A couple days later I lost my sense of smell, and my sense of taste became kind of funny - I was still able to taste, but it was like there was a second, foul taste in my mouth at all times. At this point I recognized it was likely covid, and was really worried because my wife is asthmatic. A couple days later I got one of the worst coughs I’ve had in my life, my throat got totally torn up, while she was totally fine. She ended up being totally asymptomatic. I got a little feverish at one point, but that wasn’t bad at all, and I never had any issue with shortness of breath.
I think March 28 or 29 was the last day my cough was really there, and the foul taste left my mouth and my tastebuds went fucking haywire oversensitive for a full day. Like, I was feeling nauseous because the inside of my own mouth was tasting too strong. Then when that died down I got a bitter metallic taste in my mouth for maybe a day, and then my sense of taste was normal again.
So at that point, my eyes are still kind of fucked and I still can’t smell anything, but whatever, covid beaten. That wasn’t too awful.
April 2, I started getting lightheaded, and over the next couple days that gradually gets stronger and I start feeling weak all over. I don’t really know a good way to describe it other than weakness, it’s like all my muscles are drained at once. Not really centralized anywhere, but a little more noticable in all four limbs and in my chest. When I realize this isn’t going away I get scared and go to a hospital for the first time in my life. After a couple hours I get discharged because they find nothing wrong.
The next day it’s still there and I call my gp. Can’t come in because I’ve just recovered. They prescribe stuff over the phone that doesn’t help. At this point, I still haven’t seen any news that covid can cause long-term symptoms and I feel terrified. Because I’m scared, I admittedly call my doctor more than I should about the medicine not working. When they finally let me back in, the very first thing they do is give me a psychiatric profile where they ask me questions like if I ever hear voices other people can’t hear. I totally feel like a lunatic, in addition to feeling awful physically.
Decide to switch doctors, do tons of tests. Everything turns up like I’m healthy and the new doctor slowly concludes it’s 100% an anxiety problem. My eyes still feel infected, diagnosed as allergies. Go through increasingly strong allergy drops which don’t help, eventually I stop pressing on this because it’s going nowhere.
The symptoms have changed to waxing and waning, where I go through good weeks where I feel amost normal and bad weeks where I feel awful. I also have weird issues with numbness - my limbs fall asleep really easily and sometimes take a while to recover. Smell is starting to come back, in that now I can tell when there is a strong smell, but not distinguish.
Switch doctors again and I am definitely a crazy person, and in my (physically) good moments I question whether I’ve imagined the entire experience.
So tonight I’m typing this up while lightheaded and feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck, and my eyes are visibly red. The past three weeks have been bad. I don’t feel confident I’m sane, and I don’t have much optimism for this getting resolved anytime soon.
tl;dr I’ve had a bad time with it.
I had anxiety as well, and I’ve suffered from anxiety-related illness in the past so it may be something I’m prone to, but I read about research done with COVID-19 and it appears to have a strong link to anxiety, and it’s thought that the infection and the body’s response actually physically causes anxiety. And that’s in addition to the lifestyle issues like being afraid of the disease, being in lockdown all year, and afraid that you’re going to die or be crippled. There’s really nothing for it
It seems totally realistic that anxiety could exacerbate things, especially when the whole ordeal is making me question my sanity. I just struggle to believe that without anything else going on it could manifest in this way, with this severity, starting up when my mood was jubilant for feeling like we both had just gotten past the virus without much damage. I’m having trouble believing that it’s 100% anxiety because the severity of the symptoms gives me so much cognitive dissonance that I find it emotionally painful.
Maybe that reaction that it doesn’t feel possible is just from my own inexperience with anxiety issues. Honestly, even saying that out loud is hard for me though. Again, the cognitive dissonance is emotionally painful.
Definitely not 100% anxiety, it’s just a factor that complicates things. I my self wonder how much simpler and easier the disease would have been for me if I had no anxiety and just didn’t worry about it, but the way it affects you mentally is very real.
Man, that’s rough. Hope you start feeling better. I’m somewhat cautious, but not as much as I should be. Reading this post though, scares the hell out of me.
Disclaimer: My test results aren’t back yet but I’m very sure I have COVID I tested positive. My wife was exposed at her job and immediately started feeling sick with COVID symptoms. I followed shortly thereafter.
My symptoms started on Saturday. At first it was just sort of a general malaise. I didn’t start having a fever until yesterday. I’ve been having terrible headaches, a slight fever, malaise, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and a very phlegmy cough. I’m not having any trouble breathing at all, and I have not lost my sense of taste or smell or my appetite. I consider these good news. Generally I wake up feeling awful and my symptoms get better throughout the course of the day, until about 18:00 or 19:00 when I feel largely fine but am incredibly sleepy. I’ve been sleeping 11 to 12 hours a night the past few nights. This is the sickest I’ve been in recent memory and I will be happy when this is over. I’m 28 and I’m in halfway-decent shape, no known underlying health conditions, and I’ve been obsessively germophobic during the pandemic. It’s not fair :/
Oh damn, I hope everything turns out okay. If you’re feeling that bad I’d go to the hospital just in case.
We were told to only go to the hospital in case of trouble breathing or staying conscious. I’m not having any issues with these (no trouble breathing at all thus far) and so we’re just recovering at home.
I am 15, so I don’t have a lot of consequences. I was only feeling bad for one day and that’s it. But when I done my test I could contaminate people so I had to stay at home.
My father however did not have the same experience. He felt really bad and needed to go to the hospital to make a scanner. He was very afraid. But now everything is fine, he stayed for a few weeks in quarantine and will get back to work tomorrow.
My mother felt bad and was very tired, but that was basically it.
Good to hear that everyone is feeling better. Hope yall stay healthy.
it just crossed my mind that if any of lemmy’s users actually died because of coronavirus we would never know it :/
i had a minor fever for a couple of days and now my favorite vegan shawarma tastes awful, which is luckily the worst thing that happened to me during covid :)
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