DOCTORS are warning of a worrying side effect that Omicron patients should watch out for – even after they recover from Covid.
Since it was first detected in late November 2021, the Omicron variant has caused a spike in Covid cases nationwide, forcing state officials to re-implement mandatory rules and stress tests.
However, doctors and researchers have stated that the symptoms of Omicron are mild and less severe than those of the Delta strain – despite being one of the most contagious variants.
The data suggest that the risk of hospitalization is 50 to 70 percent less than Delta.
However, many recovered patients are complaining of body pain and lack of energy.
In an interview with Mint, Dr Harish Chafle, senior consultant at Global Hospitals, explains the pain caused by back fractures while recovering from Omicron.
“Likely due to inflammatory mediators, this variant causes more myalgia than any other variant after recovery,” the journal reported.
muscle pain, based on John Hopkins Medicine, describes a variety of muscle aches, with symptoms including muscle cramps and joint pain.
A second reason for sudden back pain after Covid could be Omicron’s impact on the musculoskeletal system, which attacks more than any other variant, according to the source.
Have some 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 stiffness
- Extreme fatigue and lack of energy
- Reduced mobility
- Shortness of breath
- Accumulation of phlegm
- Weaker stamina
- Anorexia and weight loss
- Lack of smell or taste
- Stomach problems and this includes heartburn, diarrhea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
On the other hand, some people experience mental and emotional trauma from Covid. Including:
- Sleep problems – and can affect people who have been hospitalized, where it can be difficult to sleep in the Covid ward
- Mental fog like being absent-minded and not thinking clearly
- Sudden change in your mood
- Depression or anxiety
- Nightmare or flashback
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Confusion or delirium
But there are ways to relieve symptoms like phlegm build-up, which is deep breathing.
This technique opens up your lungs and helps clear up phlegm.
To do this, make sure you are comfortable, your chest and shoulders are relaxed, and do the following:
- Sit or lie in a comfortable position
- Place one hand on the abdomen under the ribs and the other on the chest
- Inhale deeply through your nose while letting your belly push your hands out. The hand on your stomach should move more than the hand on your chest
- Exhale with pursed lips like you’re trying to whistle. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out
- Repeat this three to five times while taking time for each breath
If you are still struggling, please contact your doctor or go to your local hospital for help.
Vaccine efficacy & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90% or more in fully vaccinated people.
While there have been breakthrough cases of Covid in vaccinated people, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, it is highly unlikely that the victim will be hospitalized with severe symptoms or die from the virus.
Health officials have recommended that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakout cases.
However, the spread could be offset by all vaccinated Americans getting a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, the vaccine is still effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from vaccines are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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