There are many symptoms that individuals get following COVID that can persist formonths and likely even years.
Have you noticed since getting COVD:
● You wake up in the morning and your joints hurt and when you go to exercise, your muscles ache so bad you feel like you just finished a marathon
● You’ve developed sensitivities to foods that you’ve never had problems with before and now when you eat them you get bloating, nausea, and even diarrhea or constipation
● You’ve noticed that the energy to run and play with your kids has suddenly vanished and it’s taking everything you’ve got to just get out of bed.
● You have this lingering headache and brain fog that just won’t leave as tylenol and ibuprofen are now your best friend even though you wish they could do more.
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, you’re not alone! Many individuals have been suffering from these since COVID first started.
Here are the most common symptoms individuals can have months after having COVID (1)
● Post-exertional malaise
● Brain fog
● Memory issues
● Muscle Aches
● Speech/Language Issues
● Shortness of breath, tight chest
● Joint pain
One of the things that can occur with COVID, like any other virus, is actually getting an autoimmune disorder.
What Exactly Is An Autoimmune Disorder?
An autoimmune disorder is when your body attacks itself. Your immune system gets confused and it labels something within your body as bad.
Autoimmunity is one of the biggest problems we are facing as nearly 10% of the population has an autoimmune disease, this number is likely low though as the majority of individuals suffer for years before ever getting a diagnosis.
Autoimmunity can occur in a variety of different areas like your joints, stomach, brain, thyroid, and much more.
COVID is not the only virus that causes autoimmunity, but we are going to focus on COVID. When looking at the work of Aristo Vojdani and Datis Kharrazian (2), they looked at COVID and cross-reactivity to other tissues within the body. A link to their research is at the bottom. Cross-reactivity means that if there was a response to COVID, the body also impacted these other areas. They specifically noticed attacks to:
● Tissue transglutaminase 2, 3, and 6
● Thyroid antibodies, such as thyroid globulin and thyroid peroxidase
● The blood-brain barrier S100B
More research has come out suggesting a very broad autoimmune response and for this reason individuals are seeing transient or permanent elevations in different markers.
At this point it’s becoming readily apparent that COVID is going to be creating autoimmunity. Not everyone who gets COVID will have autoimmunity. Not everyone who gets autoimmunity from COVID will get it right away. That is one of the challenging things with autoimmunity is a virus can trigger it and it takes 10 years for the symptoms to manifest.
How To Help Autoimmunity
Autoimmunity is very tricky because there’s not just one factor, but you’re in luck as we are going to review the complex web of autoimmunity. Understanding these factors at play is essential and is one of the many reasons individuals get stuck and frustrated.
The complex web involves nutrition intake, environmental toxins, infections, and lifestyle choices. Evaluating and creating a plan to address these are essential. These are going to influence what’s happening within your immune system as well as within the energy producers in your cells, called mitochondria. Only when the deck is stacked in your favor and enough of a change has been made in the immune system and your mitochondria are you likely to feel the best.
Having proper expectations is super important, we can’t tell you how many times patients weren’t given proper expectations and failed not because of a bad treatment plan but due to a lack of understanding.
It should be known that with autoimmunity, even with the best plan of care, you may still have flare-ups. There is no magic bullet or standardized plan as what works best for one person may not work the best for someone else. This is something that we commonly see where people go on Google and they purchase a supplement which they love and it can do no harm so they tell everyone they know. Yet when their friend with very similar issues takes it then it causes a flare.
Why does it do something so positive for one person, but yet negative for someone else? Because what’s happening within your body is going to be different than what’s happening in anyone else’s body. That’s why there isn’t a set protocol for this. You may be able to start with one thing, but someone else needs to start somewhere else. As much as people want a cookie cutter approach, to have a predetermined protocol is negligent and will prevent you from getting the best help possible.
It’s really important to find someone who can help you identify:
1. Why your immune system is off?
2. How to get back your immune system back on track?
3. How to support your mitochondria, which are the energy producers in the cell
4. Lastly, is going to spend time with you to provide you with the education and understand you need to be empowered.
Are you wondering if you’ve developed autoimmunity since COVID? Do you know that you have autoimmunity since COVID but aren’t sure how to start putting the pieces together, don’t worry! That’s why we are here.
We will help you dissect exactly what is going on and create a plan of care that’s specific for you, which will give you the best chance of having the life that you want and are capable of.
Request your free health strategy session today with our staff.
1. Proal, A. D., & VanElzakker, M. B. (2021). Long COVID or Post-acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC): An Overview of Biological Factors That May Contribute to Persistent Symptoms. Frontiers in microbiology, 12, 698169. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.698169
2. Vojdani, A., & Kharrazian, D. (2020). Potential antigenic cross-reactivity between SARS-CoV-2 and human tissue with a possible link to an increase in autoimmune diseases. Clinical immunology (Orlando, Fla.), 217, 108480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clim.2020.108480