CORONAVIRUS patients are increasingly being stricken by mystery pains even months after they are deemed recovered, according to a report.
Experts have claimed that the pains can occur anywhere, including the arms and legs.
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“What we are seeing is very frightening,” Prof. Gabriel Izbicki of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center told the Times of Israel.
“More than half the patients, weeks after testing negative, are still symptomatic.”
Rather than typical symptoms of Covid-19, however, many patients are reporting pain in completely unexpected places, Eran Schenker, director of a clinic in the city of Bnei Brak, told the paper.
“It can appear in the arms, legs, or other places where the virus doesn’t have a direct impact,” Schenker said.
He said patients who are quizzed about their levels of pain and often say they at at the highest level.
Others say they are unable to sleep despite the fact that they had the virus in March and have been recovering for months.
He said the long-term pains do not correlate with how seriously ill they were while infected.
When the patients go for scans nothing is found.
One 55-year-old man who had coronavirus in March now “feels like he’s broken,” his wife told the paper — even though he tested negative for Covid-19 last month.
“He’s actually worse than he was when he was hospitalised,” she told the paper, saying he is so fatigued, he can hardly walk.
As with almost everything connected to the coronavirus, the complete novelty of the symptoms make them almost impossible to treat.
“Painkillers block the pain but don’t relieve the source, but we don’t know how to address the source and you can’t be on painkillers the rest of your life,” Schenker said.
It comes after experts warned the the NHS in the UK needed to be clearer with what Covid-19 symptoms they were highlighting.
The NHS currently lists three key telltale symptoms of the coronavirus which include a high temperature, a new continuous cough and loss of smell or taste.
On May 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US added Covid symptoms which include diarrhoea, a runny or blocked nose and nausea.
While the CDC says there are 11 primary symptoms, the group also admits the virus can cause side effects which could be different depending on the patient.
These symptoms are; fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting.
The NHS suggests that most people who have contracted Covid-19 have one of the three main symptoms and suggests that if you have these symptoms then you should get tested.
This article has been republished from the New York Post, the original can be found here.
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