Amy Watson was diagnosed with COVID-19 more than two months ago and is still dealing with symptoms.
Portland, Oregon — Two Portland women were diagnosed with COVID-19 more than two months ago and are still treating symptoms.
She is not alone. The virus is causing long-term health problems, and medical experts are trying to find out why.
Amy Watson set up a support group on social media to help others like her, and KGW’s Morgan Romero talked to her about her journey on Sunday .
Watson said she first became ill on March 1
Portland, a 47-year-old preschool teacher, tested positive for coronavirus four months after her first illness. Since then, until the most recent mid-June, her test results have been negative 3 times.
Over time, her symptoms have completely improved and changed, and never completely disappeared.
“For about a month or so, my symptoms have been stable. Indeed, all doctors can do now are to treat my symptoms. And the fever will not be accompanied by any drugs.” Watson said. “I am taking neuropathic medicine, and although it helps, it certainly still exists. This is the strangest-it feels like a sunburn, but on the surface of my skin.”
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COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus has affected many different systems in Watson, including its vascular and nerve functions. Her story is very similar to other stories seen around the world in recent weeks.
“It doesn’t discriminate. No one is safe, you just need to take real precautions and take extra care. There is no treatment, there is no solution,” Watson added.
She said that her doctor in Oregon diagnosed her with post-viral fatigue syndrome, but could not provide any real solution or treatment.
“Doctors are using their knowledge to do their best, but they do need to find ways to collaborate and share information in real time because it is a new type of virus. We are here to learn,” Watson said.
“My hope is a wig: WHO, CDC, NHS in the UK will recognize these symptoms and start talking about the treatment of COVID long-term rehabilitation patients.”
She sought support from others online, and eventually created several Facebook groups for thousands of people around the world, with a view to recovering from COVID-19.
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Team members share data and information from recent research and reports, and lead people to experts in each other’s fields.
Watson said: “It helped me to go beyond language in morale and help others. We have a lot of people joining our team, they are like,’I thought I was the only one, I have been lonely. Even if I myself My family doesn’t really believe me, and my doctor won’t listen to me. I thought I was crazy.”
Watson and her Facebook page administrator are now working with doctors and researchers in the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City to monitor patients whose symptoms persist. Other major medical centers across the country are trying to figure out what is going on and how they can help.
NBC News reports that some doctors have a theory that the virus can cause long-term damage, and patients develop a disease called “post-virus autonomic dysfunction”. The inflammation caused by this virus damages the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system affects body functions such as sleep, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.
Dr. Mitchell Miglis, a neurologist at Stanford University, told NBC News that it is not known whether the disease will eventually subside or become a chronic disease.
“We just want the medical community to admit that these symptoms do happen to us,” Watson told KGW. “We have to be patient with doctors, but we do want them to listen to us and take our symptoms seriously, because this is really terrible. I mean, this disease is incredible.”
Watson hopes and waits for improvement, trying to eat well, sleep and exercise.
“We just need help, we just want to get better. We just want to restore our normal lives.”
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