I’ve just turned the corner and am finally feeling better after about 9 months of diagnosed long Covid and related health issues. I also have chronic Lymes. I’m noticing that I get overwhelmed much quicker than before Covid and am much more prone to outbursts and fleeing conversations. I used to mask my emotions better than I can now. I’m wondering if others have similar experiences and if you’ve developed coping tools that you’d like to share. I had a melt down at church that shocked me and everyone else. I’m struggling to learn how to navigate this site so it may take me awhile to see comments if anyone shares. Thanks everyone!
Yes, even with neurotypicals, behaviors, moods, thinking, is affected. Basically, it's a result of brain inflammation, but even inflammation throughout the body, blood vessels, liver, lungs, etc. Nothing is back to normal for many months. I've known a physician and a nurse practitioner that had to go on leave for over 6 months, their brain was in such a fog that they were a danger to themselves and their patients.
I had CoVID-19 back in October of 2020 and it wasn't until March of 2021 before I started to feel "normal". People would walk up to me, "Are you OK?" "You don't seem yourself." The later part of it, you just get used to the feeling, but little things like mood, driving skills, decision making, exercise tolerance, inflammatory gut issues, everything is a bit "off".
If you haven't tried fasting, this helps tremendously. Once you get past 18hrs or so, your inflammatory mediators downregulate and your human growth hormone rises. After 36hrs, your dopamine rises as well. Any aches and pains are pretty much gone, your brain is running on ketones, and your brain is significantly more focused. Having said that, I wouldn't just jump into a long fast without working yourself up to it. Try12hrs, 16hrs, 20hrs (one meal a day), and then work yourself up to 36hrs, 48hrs, etc. Most people who regularly fast don't find much more benefit past 3 days, then ease yourself back into a 1-meal a day regimen. It's probably the best way to dramatically decrease the inflammation from long CoVID, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, IBS, etc.