COVID-19 was initially described as a disease that affected the lungs, but recent findings indicate that it has a far more extensive reach on the human body. Apart from displaying post- covid complications in the form of rashes on the skin, bleeding disorders, and morphological impairment to the heart and kidneys, it also has had grave implications on the brain and mind and can very well impact both the central and the peripheral nervous systems. Also, recent reviews suggest that individuals recovering from COVID-19 may experience an augmented burden of psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety.
More and more studies are being conducted globally and all of them are raising concerns about signs of neuropsychiatric symptoms persisting for many months post-COVID-19. A few common neurological lifestyle struggles faced by individuals post COVID-19 include:
- Cognitive and neurological problems
The complications and manifestations related to COVID-19 are relatively profound. Patients inflicted with COVID-19 may experience confusing symptoms which can take any timeframe i.e., from weeks to months, to resolve.
Post-COVID complications generally affect individuals in the form of:
- Respiratory difficulties
- Extreme exhaustion
All these factors, significantly affect the quality of life. However, of all these ways the most threatening are those symptoms, that damage mental functioning, and cognitive health.
- Brain fog
Brain fog and confusion are extremely common in individuals post-COVID. More than 81% of the individuals affected, faced difficulties with memory, cognition, and thinking.
Various studies associate COVID-brain fog as a consequence of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) that might also lead to complications like:
- Difficulty in focusing
- Anxiety or fatigue
- Sleep troubles
Some COVID-19 affected individuals are also likely to experience high levels of inflammation reaction caused by cytokine in the cerebrospinal fluid, which can cause hindrance in the neurons’ capability to interconnect and transport signals efficiently.
- Memory loss
Some COVID-19 patients after recovery might experience an apparent transformation in their memory, which for many individuals, can make their brain even ‘age’ by up to 10 years.
While it is unclear as to the reason what makes the SARS-COV-2 virus causes such a problem as memory loss, many survivors describe that they have indeed faced many difficulties post-recovery in recalling thoughts, putting bits of data together, memorizing material, or simply not feeling like themselves. This in turn can lengthen the time- period of recovery and makes them rely on support.
- Dizziness, distorted sight, and tinnitus
Dizziness, distorted eyesight, lack of equilibrium, and synchronization are all characteristic signs of neurological problems. Tinnitus, a new symptom has emerged that can be described as an unpleasant ringing noise in the ear.
COVID-19 has been characterized to cause extensive inflammation reactions that can ultimately weigh down profoundly on the ear-brain organization. Hearing damage is another manifestation of post covid complications and can cause other debilitating cognitive issues.
HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS?
It is important to understand the grave seriousness of this condition. If any individual is experiencing persistent or unexplained neurological symptoms following the recovery from COVID-19, it is advisable to consult a doctor or a physician as soon as possible, so that the condition does not escalate. Although there is a chance that some neurological symptoms MAY sooner or later resolve themselves, seeking care from a physician or doctor early on can help in learning how to manage or improve the condition.