DOCTORS warn of a worrying side effect that Omicron patients should be aware of – even after recovering from Covid.
Since it was first discovered in late November 2021, the Omicron variant has caused an increase in Covid cases across the country, forcing government officials to re-implement mask mandate rules and stress tests.
Still, doctors and researchers have claimed that Omicron symptoms are mild and less severe than the Delta strain – despite being among the most contagious variants.
Data showed that the risk of hospitalization is 50 to 70 percent lower than with Delta.
However, many healthy patients complain of body pain and lack of energy.
In an interview with Livemint, Dr. Harish Chafle, a senior consultant at Global Hospital, the back-breaking pain that occurred while recovering from Omicron.
“There is a possibility that this variant due to inflammatory mediators causes more myalgia than any other variant after recovery,” the business reported.
Myalgia, according to John Hopkins Medicine, describes a range of muscle aches with symptoms that include muscle cramps and joint pain.
Another cause of sudden post-Covid back pain may be Omicron’s effect on the musculoskeletal system, which the variant attacks more than any other variant, per.
There are several other long-term Omicron symptoms that can last for months – and here’s how you can relieve them.
LONG TERM OMICRON SYMPTOMS
People recovering from Omicron may experience the following:
Muscle weakness and stiff joints
Extreme fatigue and feeling of low energy
Shortness of breath
Construction of mucus
Weaker physical condition
Loss of appetite and weight loss
Lack of sense of smell or taste
Stomach problems and this includes heartburn, diarrhea and vomiting
On the other hand, some people experience a mental and emotional strain from Covid. These include:
Sleep problems – and can affect people who have been hospitalized, where it can be difficult to sleep in Covid wards
Mental fog like being forgetful and not thinking clearly
Sudden changes in your mood
Depression or anxiety
Nightmares or flashbacks
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Confusion or delirium
But there are ways to relieve symptoms like a buildup of mucus and that is through deep breathing.
This technique dilates your lungs and helps cleanse the mucus.
To do this, make sure that you are feeling well and that your chest and shoulders are relaxed, and do the following:
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
Place one hand on your stomach under your ribs and the other on your chest
Take a deep breath through your nose while letting your stomach push your hand out. The hand on your stomach should move more than the hand on your chest
Exhale through pursed lips, as if trying to whistle. Feel the hand on your stomach go in and use it to push all the air out
Repeat this three to five times while taking your time with each breath
If you are still struggling to cope, please consult your doctor or visit your local hospital for assistance.
Vaccine Efficiency & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of serious Covid-19 disease is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.
Although there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who have been vaccinated, they are rare.
In the case of a breakthrough case, it is highly unlikely that the victims will be hospitalized with severe or fatal symptoms from the virus.
Health authorities have stated that the Omicron variant is more contagious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.
Still, the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans getting a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, such as Delta, vaccines have remained effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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