What is Post-Viral Syndrome?
There is always the potential for post-viral syndrome to manifest following a viral infection. Unlike bacteria, viruses can continue to cause symptoms or become reactivated even years later, and continue to cause health complaints. These conditions frequently lead to a sense of fatigue, pain, brain fog (concentration issues), headaches and immune system struggles that linger after the acute viral infection has cleared. Symptoms may continue for weeks, months or longer.
Post-viral syndrome may mimic other health issues, making it difficult to pinpoint as the cause of symptoms. Often the diagnosis is made after excluding other common health complaints and blood work with your family doctor.
What Causes Post-Viral Syndrome?
Any virus can cause lingering symptoms, so this list does not exclude others, but more common viruses are as follows:
- Common Cold
- Epstein-Barr Virus (Mono Virus)
- Herpes Simplex (Cold Sore Virus)
- Herpes Zoster (Chicken Pox/Shingles Virus)
- Coxsackie Virus (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease)
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- West Nile Virus
What are Symptoms of Post-Viral Syndrome?
The symptoms of post-viral syndrome may vary from person to person and can even wax and wane.
Symptoms of may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
- Cognitive issues
- Brain Fog
- Trouble Concentrating
- Muscle pain
- Stiff joints
- Gastrointestinal problems
- A flu-like feeling
- Sore throat
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Hormone Dysregulation
- Liver Damage/disease
- White Blood Cell (WBC) changes on blood work
- Mental Health Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and OCD)
- Inability to handle stress
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Interstitial lung disease
- Smell and taste dysfunction
How is Post-Viral Fatigue Treated?
Experts don’t fully understand why post-viral fatigue happens, so there aren’t any clear treatments. Instead, mainstream treatment usually focuses on managing symptoms and pain, and recommending the patient not to overexert themselves. Treatment can also include pain medications, lifestyle changes to manage brain fog and memory issues, reducing daily activity and relaxation techniques. While helpful, this advice can leave the patient frustrated with their symptoms especially if they linger for months or years.
Ananta Health takes a more proactive approach. Although there is no cure for the current situation, there are ways to aid the immune system and reduce the stress burden in the body. First a thorough intake and consultation are done, and then followed by BioScan SRT testing. The first appointment will consist of diet and lifestyle changes, as well as supplements to treat the condition. There are often layers to post-viral Syndrome, and it can take a few months to years to get under control, and then a management strategy is put into place once symptoms are under control.