Valley teen is still battling symptoms of COVID-19 after more than a year

Valley teen is still battling symptoms of COVID-19 after more than a year

A teenager in the valley is still battling COVID-19 symptoms for more than a year after contracting the virus.

Lydia Pastore, a 16-year-old at Red Mountain High School, became incredibly ill in February 2020. Over the past year, she has experienced severe fatigue, body aches, and a host of other symptoms ranging from burning eyes and face to hand. Shivering.

“It was the worst disease I have ever had in my life,” said Lydia. “It was just muscle ache and constant fatigue that I couldn’t get out of. Walking to the end of my driveway, it would tire me out to the point of having to recover for two days.

Throughout the year, Lydia suffered from chronic fatigue, sleeping an average of 15 hours a day. After multiple visits to the doctor, she began writing her diary as a treatment for hand tremors that turned into a way to track her symptoms.

“I’ve done a monthly symptom tracker just because there are so many symptoms to track,” said Lydia. “I wish that at the beginning of my infection I had a resource like this because every specialist I visited asked me, ‘What has changed? what’s new? What are your symptoms? “And it was always frustrating to try to remember all of that.”

Lydia decided to turn her illnesses into an opportunity to connect with other teens fighting the long-term effects of COVID-19. You have created the site ronicconnections.orgWhere teens can share their personal journey with COVID-19, order a symptom tracking journal that Lydia sends for free to anyone in America.

Lydia, who has already received four messages from the teens about their struggles, said, “I hope it’s a place for teens to connect with others who are going through the same thing they are going through. To find comfort in resemblance.” “I’m really very happy with these four stories already so far given to these magazines, but I feel like there are a lot of teenagers out there.”

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What is a “long covid”?

Lydia said she watched eight different health professionals figure out why she still had symptoms of COVID-19 months after she was ill. Her test results for valley fever came back negative. Although she has never been tested for COVID-19, her doctors believe that Lydia has “prolonged COVID,” when a person has symptoms of COVID-19 long after contracting the virus.

“This post-virus syndrome occurs when the primary infection is over but for an unknown reason, we are still experiencing some of the symptoms that I have had before for a period of time that is not really scientifically logical,” said Dr. Gary Kirkilas, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For doctors, Lydia is a “long haul” carrier. Dr Kirkilas said that once the virus is gone on long trips, there is a residual effect of COVID-19 that could be due to the remaining low amounts of the virus that cannot be detected by COVID-19 tests, but still require a response from the body’s immune system. Another reason may be that the primary virus caused damage to internal organs that had not yet healed.

Tuesday, The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced a new initiative to study “long-term COVID” “To determine the causes, methods of prevention and treatment for individuals who have contracted Covid-19 virus, but do not fully recover within a period of a few weeks.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, “brain fog”, sleep disturbances, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety, and depression.

“The thing that separates them is this brain problem, the brain problem of this fog,” said Dr. Frank Lovecchio, an emergency physician at Valley Wise Hospital. “In the hospital, we call it encephalitis (or encephalitis). They can’t focus as well. They tend to forget more.”

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In December, the US Congress provided $ 1.15 billion in funds to the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term effects of COVID-19.

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