Although Long Covid is a new condition, Post Viral Fatigue isn’t, and is something that the specialist therapists at North West Fatigue Clinic have been treating for many years. Post Viral Fatigue is when you have ongoing fatigue, together with other symptoms, following a viral infection such as Covid-19. Using their ASSIST programme our therapists firstly begin by assessing your specific needs and determine how much activity you are able to tolerate without an increase in your symptoms, from here they will help you to apply taught techniques so that you are able to very gradually increase your activity levels and achieve your goals.
Fatigue is a common symptom in those presenting with symptomatic Covid – 19. In fact one study showed that around 52% reported severe persistent fatigue at 10 weeks after initial Covid – 19 symptoms, and 30% of people were unable to return to work because of their ongoing fatigue. No correlation was seen between the severity of the initial symptoms and the resulting fatigue.
The longer term consequences of Covid – 19 are currently unknown, however it has been raised that it can potentially trigger Post Viral Fatigue. The treatment for this being very similar to that of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS/ME, using a variety of interventions to firstly manage the fatigue and then to gradually build the person’s tolerance to activity.
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