What I Learned From Tracking My Health

What I Learned From Tracking My Health

Months ago, I created my very own book that combined a health tracker and daily planner all in one. I did this because I wanted to be able to do these two things daily without having to get two different books.

I am coming up on a year of using these and it has been pretty eye opening for me. In this post, I will be discussing what I have learned about myself in the past five months.

What health stuff I track and why

Ever since about two weeks after I had COVID-19, I have experienced many different symptoms that can be attributed to post-viral syndrome (I have a whole post about that). I am also really sensitive to hormonal fluctuations which has caused uncomfortable symptoms. These two things combined have greatly disrupted my life.

After a couple months of the post-COVID symptoms, I decided that I was going to start tracking how I felt each day. I began tracking my mental/physical status, the food/supplements I consumed and what day I was on in my menstrual cycle. I have kept up with doing this since then.

The reasoning behind tracking everything has been to see if there are any correlations and/or causations. Finding any may help me figure out how to fix things or be able to anticipate things happening so I am prepared.

What I have learned from tracking my health

As I stated above, tracking has been eye opening. Looking over these five months and analyzing everything has made me realize that I am not out of the woods yet with the post-COVID and menstrual cycle issues.

Here are the things that I have learned:

Post-COVID/general-

  • May-June were horrible overall. I had lots of bouts of my post-COVID crud (GI, neurological, respiratory and heart issues). I guess I was too proud to admit that the symptoms didn’t totally go away.
  • I am groggy on days without vitamin B12.
  • Allergy-type symptoms (itchy nose, swollen throat, itchy skin) are a regular thing for me. I believe this is another post-viral annoyance combined with a mast cell issue.
  • I will randomly have actual cold-like symptoms about three days out of the month. I have gone to get drive-through PCR swab tests but they are always negative. This must be a post-viral thing, too.
  • I was taking turmeric and Aspirin because I read that they can have health benefits that are needed during the pandemic. Things were going good with them for a while but within the past few months they started to mess with my GI system. I am no longer able to consume them.
  • My mental state consists of being happy and motivated most of the time.
  • I have developed heat stroke symptoms whenever I try to mow the lawn for some reason.

Menstrual cycle-

Before I start with the list, I wanted to give an explanation of the “GI and mental distress times” that you will see on it. This is when I get extremely anxious, upset, worried and experience horrible stomach issues (pain, bloating, nausea and sometimes loose stool) all at the same time.

Here are some general things about my menstrual cycle symptoms:

  • Since taking the full dosage of Claritin everyday starting in early July, my GI and mental distress times have reduced greatly. They don’t last for more than 1.5 hours and I am able to just breath through them most of the time.
  • Any hormonal nausea I do get that is too intense for me is taken away by red raspberry leaf tea and half of a Meclizine tablet.
  • The length of my cycles switched from 27 days to 31 days and then back to 27 again. I am not sure why this happened. PCOS maybe?

My last two cycles yielded pretty much the same symptoms on all 27 days of them. Here is a play-by-play of what I experienced during them-

  • Days 1-4: Menstrual cramps (days 1-2), fatigue, mild headache, low appetite, post nasal drip, happy and focused.
  • Days 5-8: Itchy eyes, post-nasal drip, happy, motivated, focused and bloody gums.
  • Days 9-11: No physical symptoms, happy and motivated.
  • Days 12-15: Leg aches, bloating, appetite increase, lightheadedness upon standing, ovary aches (day 14), GI/mental distress time (day 15), happy most of the time and bouts of sadness.
  • Days 16-19: Appetite increase, good energy for workouts, irritable at times, happy at times and easily startled.
  • Days 20-23: Lightheadedness at times, irritable at times, happy most of the time, some bloating and not enough energy to workout on day 22.
  • Day 24-27: Tender breasts, nesting, neck aches, nausea (day 26), smell of blood in my genital area, insomnia, some bloating, rumination, irritability and night sweats.

The main takeaway

What I take from all of this information is that I have some health issues that I probably won’t be cured of. All I can do is keep managing my symptoms so that my life is not disrupted further. Things have been going pretty good lately and I want that to continue on.

Do any of you track your daily health symptoms?

Thanks for reading!

If you are interested, you can find one of my health tracker/daily planners here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0915M7S3B

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The Simple Breathing Exercise That Helped Me

The Simple Breathing Exercise That Helped Me

We all have been through a lot since the pandemic began. Having to give up certain things and basically try to adapt to a different way of life- is tough.

Things have been rough for me since getting COVID-19 in March 2020. It left me with some physical issues that have been very uncomfortable and scary at times.

One of the scary things for me has been some breathing problems I have had to deal with. Fortunately, I have learned a great breathing exercise that has helped me in times of need.

Intro to breathing issues

Having difficulty breathing is a terrible feeling. Most people are used to not even thinking about their breathing-its just something automatic. It may come as a surprise to know just how complex of a process the act of breathing actually is.

When you are having breathing difficulties, you may feel like you are unable to take a deep breath or you can take a deep breath but it doesn’t feel like your lungs actually got any of the air you breathed in. You may also have a tight feeling in your chest and/or chest pain when you try to breathe.

It is never a good feeling no matter what.

There are various reasons as to why someone may have issues breathing and in most cases- should be checked out by a medical professional.

Breathing issues: physical

When it comes to breathing issues, there are quite a few physical ailments that can cause them. The degree of physical breathing difficulties that one can have ranges from mild to life threatening in these cases.

What people may not know is that it is not just lung conditions that can cause difficulty with breathing- it can also be caused by heart issues. The following includes some of the conditions that cause breathing difficulties:

  • Infections-Pneumonia, whooping cough, bronchitis etc.
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Hypertension
  • Pulmonary embolisms
  • Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Allergies

An extra word on COVID-19-

When it comes to COVID-19, there seems to be a high risk for individuals who test positive to end up with pneumonia. The Delta variant seems to cause this to happen even more than the other variants have.

If one is having a hard time breathing when dealing with COVID, it is important to also check your oxygen levels. This is because they may be low which indicates a trip to the hospital is in order. It is actually a good thing to do this no matter if you are short of breath or not because your oxygen levels could be low without difficulty breathing being present.

If you test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you let loved ones know so that they can check in on you while you are at home recovering. This is so that they can possibly bring you something you may need (if they live in the same town) or call an ambulance if necessary.

Even after one “recovers” from COVID-19, they may still struggle with shortness of breath or their shortness of breath may start after “recovering.” Oxygen supplementation may then be required afterwards and/or a prescription for an inhaler may be necessary.

Please consider buying an oximeter to have around. It is extremely important when you are ill with COVID-19.

Breathing issues: mental

Difficulty breathing can be caused by mental health reasons, too. This is due to our minds being able to create physical problems.

It can all start with someone feeling a sense of worry, anxiety, panic or fear. Then, these mental symptoms will trigger the fight or flight response which is physiological in nature. When this response happens, adrenaline (a hormone) gets released.

The release of adrenaline is what causes the breathlessness some people may experience when they are dealing with the aforementioned feelings.

The thing that is different about your mental state causing shortness of breath is that it can get better in a shorter amount of time. You will have to calm yourself down somehow (might be hard to do) but you probably aren’t going to end up in the ICU for this type of breathing problem.

Because your mental state can create shortness of breath, it can also make it worse. For example, you could already have shortness of breath due to a physical reason and the fear you feel from not being able to breath very well makes it worse.

My breathing issues

Whilst having COVID- I did not have any shortness of breath. It oddly came about two weeks after “recovering” along with all my other post-COVID symptoms.

One day I felt like I had this tight band around my chest. This made me unable to take a deep breath in. It was scary as I had no idea what was happening to me.

There were other times that I would have this feeling where I could take a deep breath but my lungs (or brain) weren’t able to register it or something like that. It was a really strange sensation.

These two breathing issues were very frequent for a quite a few months. I kept trying to get an appointment with my doctor as I thought I was having serious lung issues but he told me it was probably just anxiety. Because of this, I decided to just work through it at home.

I was aware of the breathing issues a lot of the time and it was really annoying. I tried putting Vick’s on my chest, neck and nose with the idea that it might help me breath better. I also tried breathing in steaming hot water mixed with peppermint essential oil.

It wasn’t until I came across a breathing exercise that I would find any kind of relief.

The breathing exercise that helped me

On my desperate search to find something that would help me, I found a list of breathing methods and exercises. The very first one on the list was the one that turned out to be an amazing tool for me to use when my breathing gets funky.

It is called, pursed lip breathing.

The pursed lip breathing exercise is really simple and can be done anywhere, anytime. It is just inhaling through your nose for a couple seconds and then breathing out with your lips pursed (like you are whistling) for a few seconds. You will most likely need to repeat this a few a times.

The reason why this is a recommended exercise for people with shortness breath is because it helps to slow down your breathing so you can get a deep breath in. Overtime, it can even strengthen your lungs if practiced regularly.

Pursed lip breathing is also very calming for some people. It can be used for when your shortness of breath is caused by mental distress, too.

I first went into this breathing exercise with the idea that it would not help me at all. I was thinking, “how can something so simple help me?” As it turns out though, it helped me so much.

After a few rounds of doing pursed lip breathing, I felt the shortness of breath reduce by quite a bit. It was like it helped “reset” my breathing (for lack of a better explanation) and took the pressure off of my lungs to work so hard to get a good breath in.

Ever since, I have been practicing this breathing exercise for about ten minutes each day. I really feel like it has strengthened my lungs and continued to help me. Other people with long-COVID have found relief with it as well.

In conclusion

Breathing issues can be really scary and life disrupting now matter the cause. Exercises and methods such as pursed lip breathing can be really helpful when you don’t need to be hospitalized for your breathing difficulty.

I have found great relief with pursed lip breathing and highly recommend it for anyone who deals with shortness of breath.

Have any of you had breathing problems? How did you deal with them?

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: Some links on my site may be affiliate links. This means that I may receive a commission on things you click on and purchase.

#breathingproblems #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #covid19 #infections #longcovid #covidlonghaulers

Sleep Is Important for COVID-19 + REMfresh Review

Sleep Is Important for COVID-19 + REMfresh Review

Whether you believe COVID-19 is a hoax or not- it is affecting a lot of people in various ways. I have been one of the people affected by it so it is very real to me.

If you are a believer in the virus and you have read articles that come out on it-you may be wondering about all of the things you can do to keep yourself healthy and protect yourself against it. Getting good sleep is one of these things!

In this post, I will be talking about how important sleep is and giving my review of product that helps with sleep.

All that is in our arsenal

When we talk about having an arsenal in regards to COVID-19- it is obviously not weapons or anything like that. It is just tools that we have right now that can possibly mitigate COVID-19’s impact on us.

These aforementioned tools are as follows:

  • Taking care of our mental health.
  • Keeping and maintaining social connections.
  • Consuming healthy foods and staying hydrated.
  • Engaging in regular exercise.
  • Mask wearing.
  • Getting good sleep.
  • Getting vaccinated (a controversial thing).
  • Social distancing.
  • Washing hands.
  • Gathering outdoors to minimize exposure.
  • Having proper ventilation indoors.
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing as necessary.

The above list shows things that people really should consider doing during this pandemic and beyond (for some of them).

Why is sleep part of our COVID-19 arsenal?

Lets not get too technical with this…

Adequate sleep is imperative when it comes to having a healthy life. It does wonders for us!

Why is it so important? Because our minds and bodies need it. These two things do so much to keep us alive and they need breaks regularly. This ensures that everything keeps running properly.

The immune system is one of the things that may be impacted by lack of sleep. This is due to the immune system processes that happen in our bodies while we sleep. We need these to happen in order to keep being able to fight off infections and inflammation.

Since COVID-19 is raging, it is important to have a well-working immune system and sleep can help with that.

In addition to lack of sleep affecting the immune system, it can also affect the following things:

  • Mood: Lack of sleep may leave a person stressed out, irritated, grumpy etc.
  • Concentration: With a brain that hasn’t been refreshed from an adequate amount of sleep- it may be hard to concentrate on things. This might mean that a person’s productivity and work quality will suffer.
  • Weight: Lack of sleep may cause weight gain. This is possibly due to our metabolism being lower when sleep deprived, an increase in blood sugar occurring and/or the increased chance of overeating due to being awake more.
  • Physical energy: If one is sleep deprived, they may not have enough energy to workout regularly and/or be active.

Our immune system then takes even more hits when our moods are low, weight is up too much and we aren’t exercising enough.

In short, get some sleep every night!

How to get enough sleep every night

Getting good sleep is easier said than done for many people.

Numerous medical professionals state that adults ages 18 and older need around seven to nine hours of sleep each night. This can be tough to get for the following reasons:

  • You like to use your phone/computer/watch TV right before trying to sleep: The light from electronic screens can excite our brain and make it difficult to wind down.
  • You take caffeine too late in the day: Some people are sensitive to the effects of caffeine and end up not able to sleep at night because of it.
  • You workout too late: Exercise can rev a person up which makes it difficult to sleep if you have do it late in the evening.
  • You have a sleeping disorder: There are some disorders that cause issues with sleeping. These include insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
  • Your mental health is suffering: Whether it is for a brief period of time or chronically-mental health issues can cause trouble with sleeping.

No matter what the reason is, you should work on your sleep hygiene. This is so you can reap the benefits that sleep has for us. The following is a list of things that may help you sleep better and for longer:

  • Clean up your diet: Eating too much sugar and unhealthy foods may make your sleep quality not as good as it could be.
  • Take caffeine earlier in the day or decrease the amount you take.
  • Seek out medical help: If poor sleep is a chronic problem, medical help may be needed.
  • Try a melatonin supplement.
  • Establish a night time routine that includes turning off screens at least 30 minutes before trying to go to bed.
  • Wear comfortable clothing to bed.
  • Make sure the mattress, pillows and bedding are actually comfortable enough for you.
  • Try some sleep meditation or hypnosis videos on YouTube.
  • Put on some relaxing ambience videos.
  • Put fans on in the room.
  • Read a book with a book light while laying in bed (it works for a lot of people!). The light linked below is a wonderful option.
  • Work on your mental health if it is getting in the way of sleeping well.
  • Try some relaxing tea a while before you get into bed. Yogi Tea brand offers some great relaxation teas if one likes or is willing to try drinking it.
  • Use a weighted blanket: Some people feel relaxed when they have pressure on them. The weighted blanket option linked below provides just the right amount of pressure and is very comforting.

There may be other things that can help you get better sleep. It is important to find something that works as we need to have good immune systems right now (and any other time!).

REMFresh review

I have been working on my sleep hygiene as I want to be as healthy as possible-especially during this pandemic. Sleep has been an issue for me in the past but I have gotten much better with it.

I have tried taking melatonin before and it did not sit well with me at all. No matter what dosage or brand- I always got some stomach issues and moodiness the next day.

Despite the side effects, I have kept wanting to take a melatonin supplement. This is not only for it helping with sleep but also because it has anti-inflammatory effects. There has even been some buzz about it possibly being a treatment option for COVID-19.

I actually did a post on melatonin before. Shortly after it publishing it though, I had to quit taking the supplement again due to how it was making me feel.

I found REMfresh on one of my searches for melatonin as I wanted to try taking it for the thousandth time. This is a product I had never seen before and I was rather intrigued by its description.

What sets REMfresh apart from regular melatonin supplement products is that it uses technology (“ion-powered”) that allows for it to be continuously released for up to seven hours. The company says that you get full absorption of it which is allegedly not something that happens with other melatonin supplements.

REMfresh also makes the claim that it uses a kind of pure melatonin that comes from Western Europe and is only unique to their product. This and the ion-powered technology are said to eliminate the side effects that other melatonin products can cause.

REMfresh comes in different dosages. These include Lite (.5 mg), Advanced (2 mg) and Extra Strength (5 mg). Just like with all melatonin supplements- you are to take it 30-60 minutes before you want to fall asleep.

The Lite version is for younger people and ones who are sensitive to melatonin supplementation. I chose that one to buy because I obviously do have a sensitivity to it.

I was pretty eager to start using it and I did so the very night that I got it. My decision was to be in bed around 10:00 PM so I took the melatonin at 9:00 PM. I honestly did not have high hopes for it because other products have not worked for me before.

At about 9:45 PM, I definitely noticed a tired feeling. It wasn’t a bad, groggy type of tired or anything like that. More of a calm feeling. I got into bed and fell asleep very quickly.

The next day I woke up at around 8:00 AM, refreshed as all get out! I couldn’t believe it. No grogginess, no mood issues and no stomach discomfort. I tried it again the next night with the same results.

I plan on using this product regularly from now on and I am so glad that I found it.

If you are looking to start a melatonin supplement, I would highly recommend REMfresh!

In conclusion

Getting enough sleep is very important for a healthy life. With COVID-19 surging in most places, it is crucial that we rest our bodies every night for at least seven hours (and more if you are under 18). Doing this may possibly help us fight off this novel virus (and any other one) better.

How is your sleep hygiene? Do you get at least seven hours of sleep a night?

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: Links on my blog may be affiliate links. This means I will receive a commission if you click on them and purchase something.

#sleep #immunesystem #covid19 #virus #melatonin #sleephygiene #health

Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

I have been a supplement junkie for some time now. As good or bad as that may be-it just is what it is.

Over the years, I have taken many different supplements that I thought would help various physical and mental things. Some of them helped, possibly helped, didn’t help at all or made things worse.

Since I switch up the things that I am taking on a semi-regular basis, I decided to do a post on my current stack!

Getting into supplements

What got me into researching and taking supplements was reading about the benefits of different types of herbs at my local library. There were a lot of books on them and I just found it all so interesting. This led me to eventually reading about vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well.

It wasn’t until sometime in college ( about four years later), that I actually began taking supplements. The first one I ever took was vitamin B Complex. This was recommended to me by the therapist I was seeing at the time. She said that it may help with my mood so I rushed out to get it!

The vitamin B Complex gave me a noticeable mood boost plus a little bit of physical energy. I took them daily for a while but then stopped.

After I really started getting into fitness, I became interested in supplements that were marketed for fat loss and physical performance during exercise. I tried quite a few different products by different brands.

After using the fat loss and physical performance products for a while, I began to get interested in supplements that could possibly extend my life. I then dropped the other supplements and started taking these ones.

I eventually slowed down on taking supplements to where I was only taking one or two daily. That all ended when the pandemic started. I was (and still am!) terrified of this virus so I started taking things that I thought would help prevent and treat it if I got it again.

My current supplement stack

I dealt with post-COVID symptoms for a long time. I am not sure if all of the supplements helped or if time did. Since I got my Moderna shots and started to feel back to normal, I changed around what I take.

Here are is what I take now and why (will also include OTC medications):

  • 6,000 IUs of Vitamin D3- I take this to hopefully boost my immune system, treat a deficiency I may have and to help out my bones.
  • 1,000 mg of Vitamin C- I take this just for the antioxidant benefit.
  • 100 mg of CoQ10- I take this for the heart and blood pressure lowering benefits.
  • 1000 mcg of B12- I first began taking this to help with some post-COVID issues such as tinnitus, possible nerve issues and my mood. I don’t know if it has actually helped me but I will continue to take it anyway as it is not hurting me. The one I take is time-release because those don’t hurt my stomach at all.
  • 50 mg of B6- I take this because it is great for women’s health- PMS in particular. I do notice a difference when it comes to breast pain leading up to my period.
  • SuperGreen Tea Immunity- I drink three cups of this a day for the immune system benefits.
  • 1,100 mg of ginger- This is for my stomach issues but I honestly don’t think it really helps. After this container I might not buy anymore and just get ginger from the tea I drink.
  • Tummy Tuneup probiotics- I take these probiotics to help out my gut. I will be doing a review on them soon.
  • 40 mg of Pepcid- This is for my Mast Cell issue. It is to help my GERD and GI issues.
  • 5-10 mg of Claritin- This is also for my Mast Cell issue. Taking this has really helped with pain, itching and hives that I get frequently.
  • 1 cup of Welch’s Grape juice- My family and I drink this everyday to prevent stomach viruses. We have been doing this for years after reading about it on a parenting blog.
  • 1 Brazil nut- I take this to meet my daily selenium requirements. I take this because it could possibly help with PCOS. After I finish the bag of nuts, I will probably not buy anymore as it really isn’t necessary.

If you are reading this and have kids, I thought you would be interested in reading what I give to my son. The following are what he gets on a daily basis:

  • Echinacea syrup- I just started giving this to him in hopes that it will boost his immune system. He loves the taste and takes it straight but other kids would probably do better with it mixed into their drinks. I give him 30 drops a day.
  • Smarty Pants vitamin gummies- My son absolutely loves these! They are packed with a blend of great vitamins and also include omega-3s.
  • 1 packet of Culturelle Probiotic powder- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his gut and immune system.
  • 1/2 tsp of liquid colostrum- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his immune system.

Some ideas for you

I do realize that it is best to get all your nutrients from food. It can be hard to do so however. Plus, I think some people need extra of certain ones than others do.

The following are some delicious foods that you can eat on a regular basis to get some of the nutrients that I take:

  • Omelets with mushrooms-This gives you a good amount of vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium and more.
  • Regular yogurt with fresh or frozen strawberries- This gives you some good probiotics for your gut along with vitamin C and CoQ10 from the strawberries.
  • Chicken and lentils- Recipes using these two ingredients will provide a lot of B vitamin goodness! This Moroccan chicken and lentils recipe is a good one to try.
  • Ginger tea- Instead of buying capsules, you can make tea using fresh ginger. Just slice some up and boil it on the stovetop. You can add honey to it if you want. This drink may help with things like nausea, cold symptoms and possibly menstrual cramps.

So, there it is!

This is what I am taking right now. I will probably make some changes to my stack but most of it will always be there.

Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #health #fitness #womenshealth #covid19 #supplementstack #immunesystem

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, so therefore I am not here to diagnose and treat anyone. These are just supplements I have made the decision to use. Always consult with your doctor if you want to start taking supplements.

*I have linked affiliate products on this blog post. This means that if you click on them and make a purchase, I will get some money out of it.

My Post-COVID Adventures: How I Am Doing

My Post-COVID Adventures: How I Am Doing

After having a 12 day bout of COVID early on in the pandemic, I suffered for months with uncomfortable symptoms. They all ranged in severity, frequency and prominence.

Bottom line- it was not fun! Read on if you want to know how I am doing now.

The acute phase of my COVID infection

It all started in late February. I started getting these waves of really mild aches in my body- so light that I didn’t know if it was actually something or nothing. This was eventually accompanied by some teeth pressure a few hours later.

Not only did I think/know I was getting sick, I also had this dark and ominous feeling. Like some kind of horrible shift was going to happen in life. This feeling occurred before I even read about COVID. I don’t know where it came from.

My symptoms began to progress after about two days. The aches worsened and other discomforts came along. The following are all of the symptoms that I dealt with:

  • Body aches
  • Stomach cramps/nausea
  • No appetite
  • Things didn’t taste right or good
  • Stuffed up and runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sometimes scratchy/tickly throat
  • Chills with no fever
  • High heart rate (at the end of the acute phase)

I don’t know if all of this would be considered a mild or moderate infection but it definitely was not fun. I didn’t think I was going to die like I did when I had Influenza type A though. That was horrific to say the least.

I was so lucky that my husband was happily doing all of the cares for our son during the time I was sick. Neither of them ever got sick from me and I believe it is because they already had it. Or maybe they were just lucky?

After recovering from the acute phase-I was so happy to be back to feeling like myself again. Little did I know that things would get weird for me in a week or so.

My post-COVID adventures

About a week after recovering, I started noticing that my chest didn’t feel right. It was really tight and like someone was sitting on it. This confused and scared me.

After a couple days of the tight chest, a whole slew of other symptoms came into the mix. When it comes to typing out all of these symptoms, I organize them by acute and chronic. This is due to part of my post-COVID experience being much worse.

So without further ado, here are all of the lovely things I have dealt with after having COVID-19:

The acute phase(end of March-September)-

  • Bad ear aches*
  • Shortness of breath*
  • chills with no fever*
  • Clogged ears
  • Popping in ears
  • Tinnitus
  • Insomnia
  • Adrenalin rushes when drifting off to sleep*
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweaty feet
  • Bouts of pink eye
  • Itchy eyes and eye lids
  • Rashes
  • Mottled skin
  • Feeling cold in hot weather
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Incontinence
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Tickly or scratchy throat
  • Chest pain*
  • Post nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose

The chronic phase (October and on)-

  • Stomach pains
  • Elevated temperature when taken at my neck glands
  • Chest pain*
  • Headaches*
  • Bouts of shortness of breath
  • Itchy nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Tinnitus
  • Tickly or scratchy throat

The symptoms I listed for each phase were not constant and at the same time. They were frequent enough (especially in the acute phase) to be quite bothersome in my daily life. The ones with the asterisks by them were the worst ones for me during the phases.

In February and March, I got vaccinated (Moderna). My second shot led to me feeling as if I had gotten COVID all over again except with even worse body aches. It was really upsetting to me and I actually cried a couple times because I thought I took big steps back in my recovery.

How I am doing now

About 12 days after my Moderna, I felt so much better and it has continued on. It has been amazing!. I thought that I was going to be stuck with the rough side effects forever.

The chest pains were the worst part of my post-COVID adventures and I was so glad that they went away-and have stayed away!

The one thing I have had since mid March has been some bouts of shortness of breath the day before my period starts. That is the only time it happens though so I am happy about that. Before, it was at least every other day where I had bouts of it.

The vaccine has been helping some people with post-COVID symptoms get better but I am not sure if that is what helped me or if it was just time. I have the same feeling when it comes to whether all of the supplements I was taking helped me.

What you can do if you are suffering

If you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection and are experiencing some unpleasant symptoms, you are not alone. Many people are complaining of lingering symptoms after the acute phase of their infection.

All viruses have the potential to cause lasting damage but it seems that it is more likely with COVID-19.

The unfortunate thing is that there is no known cure or good treatment that we know of yet for post-COVID syndrome. Scientists and medical researchers are still looking into all of this.

The following are some things that you can do if you are suffering:

  • Contact a doctor: It is a good idea to get in touch with a doctor and explain your symptoms to them. They can take a look at various things, run some tests and come up with a plan for you if something is found. If a doctor is not listening to you and tries to brush your suffering, think about contacting another doctor that may listen to you.
  • Reach out to family and friends: It is important to have some social support during your rough patch. If you have good people in your life, call/text/Zoom them once in a while.
  • Join support groups: There are quite a few support groups for people suffering from lasting effects of the virus. If you find yourself having a rough time mentally when part of a group, it is best to stop visiting it for a while. You don’t need another bad thing on your plate.
  • Breathing exercises: If you are having shortness of breath, it may be a good idea to look into the various breathing exercises out there. These can help so much if this is one of your post-COVID struggles.
  • Pacing yourself: For some people, doing too much may make the symptoms worse. Everyone has a different definition of “too much” so it is important to figure out what makes your body tick and don’t push it too far past that.
  • Try to get some physical movement in: Even though you should practice pacing yourself, you should still move around a little bit. This means getting up once in a while if you are dealing with bad fatigue. Work those limbs a bit.
  • Have a nourishing diet if you can: It is really important to get most of the necessary nutrients this way. Eating a lot of low nutrient food may make things worse for you.

When it comes to taking supplements or other OTC things, it may be important to check with your doctor first. If you don’t want to do that, make sure to do a lot of research on what you are considering taking.

What you can do if you know someone who is suffering

If there is someone in your life that is suffering from post-COVID symptoms, try to provide some support to them. Having chronic health issues can do a number on one mentally so it is a good idea to reach out once in a while.

Other things you can do for them include dropping off groceries, picking up medications, setting their mail inside the door and more. Doing these acts of kindness are likely to be much appreciated.

Just think about how you would want to be treated if you were suffering with the after effects of COVID-19 and treat them that way too.

So, this is my current story

I am doing very well right now health wise in regards to my post-COVID symptoms. A flare up of them is always possible though. Fortunately, I have gained the tools necessary to get on the other side of any rough patches that occur.

Are you or anyone you know suffering with post-COVID symptoms? I would be really interested to read about it.

Thanks for reading!

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