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Do Long COVID Symptoms Come and Go?

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Long COVID, characterized by lingering symptoms long after the acute phase of the virus, has raised many questions. One common question is: Do Long COVID symptoms come and go? While our knowledge of Long COVID is still evolving, we do know that Long COVID symptoms are not always consistent!

Let’s delve into the latest research to find out more about how Long COVID symptoms fluctuate. 

The Nature of Long COVID Symptoms

One of the defining characteristics of Long COVID is the fluctuating nature of its symptoms. According to recent research, many patients report that their symptoms come and go, often without any apparent trigger. This can make the condition particularly challenging to manage and predict.

  • Symptom Fluctuation

Symptom fluctuation is a common feature of Long COVID. Patients may experience periods of relative wellness, followed by relapses or flare-ups of symptoms. This can occur over the course of days, weeks, or even months.

  • Symptom Variation

In addition to fluctuation, there is also variation in the types of symptoms experienced. Some patients may find that certain symptoms resolve, only for new ones to appear. This can add to the complexity and unpredictability of the condition.

  • Impact on Daily Life

The unpredictable nature of Long COVID can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. It can affect their ability to work, engage in social activities, and even perform basic tasks. This underscores the importance of seeking medical support and implementing effective management strategies.

Remember, Long COVID is a real condition, and understanding its fluctuating nature is key to managing symptoms and improving quality of life. If you are experiencing continuing COVID-19 symptoms and believe you may have Long COVID, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Unfortunately, many with Long COVID are learning that primary care physicians are not always up-to-date on Long COVID and, when traditional laboratory testing comes back normal, are unsure of what is wrong or what treatments may be beneficial. 

At RTHM, our clinicians stay on top of all new Long COVID research and are constantly implementing new treatment options based on emerging science. To learn more about RTHM and the services our telehealth clinic offers, check out How It Works.

Stay tuned for more updates as research continues to unravel the mysteries of Long COVID.


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