Brain fog, phantom smells and tinnitus: my experience as a Covid ‘long hauler’

As you can read in this story, Covid-19 can create various symptoms such as Tinnitus.

I just passed the four-month mark of being sick with Covid. I am young, and I had considered myself healthy.

Covid-19 Day 1

My first symptom was that I couldn’t read a text message. It wasn’t about anything complex – just trying to arrange a video call – but it was a few sentences longer than normal, and I couldn’t wrap my head around it. It was the end of the night so I thought I was tired, but an hour later I took my temperature and realized I had a fever. I had been isolating for 11 days at that point; the only place I had been was the grocery store.

My Day 1 – a term people with Long Covid use to mark the first day of symptoms – was 25 March.

Symptoms 4 Months Later

Four months later, I’m still dealing with a near-daily fever, cognitive dysfunction and memory issues, GI issues, severe headaches, a heart rate of 150+ from minimal activity, severe muscle and joint pain, and a feeling like my body has forgotten how to breathe. Over the past 131 days, I’ve intermittently lost all feeling in my arms and hands, had essential tremors, extreme back, kidney and rib pain, phantom smells (like someone BBQing bad meat), tinnitus, difficulty reading text, difficulty understanding people in conversations, difficulty following movie and TV plots, sensitivity to noise and light, bruising, and petechiae – a rash that shows up with Covid.

These on top of the CDC-listed symptoms of cough, chills and difficulty breathing.

 

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