When Michelle Sogge got COVID-19 last June, the symptoms became startling. “I was in bed, just about to fall asleep, and my arm was just starting to get numb. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s weird.’ And then my heart started to run and I suddenly couldn’t get air in, “she said. Sogge, 25, a lover of running, hiking and the outdoors generally considered himself healthy. She felt disturbed. “Having the sudden feeling of my heart that was out of the tip and knowing that something was wrong was really scary,” said Sogge, who works for the University of Arizona in Tucson. Sogge went to ER and maybe thought she had a heart attack. At the time, Arizona saw what were a record number of positive COVID-1
When Michelle Sogge got COVID-19 in June last year, the symptoms were alert.
“I was in bed just about to fall asleep and my arm was just starting to get numb. And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s weird.’ And then my heart started to run and I suddenly couldn’t get air in, “she said.
Sogge, 25, a lover of running, hiking and the outdoors generally considered himself healthy. She felt disturbed.
“Having the sudden feeling of my heart that was out of the tip and knowing that something was wrong was really scary,” said Sogge, who works for the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Sogge went to ER and maybe thought she had a heart attack. At the time, Arizona saw what were a record number of positive COVID-19 cases.
It was not a heart attack. She said doctors told her they suspected a panic attack and sent her home. However, the symptoms did not subside, so she went back and got a COVID-19 test. A few days later, she learned that she had tested positive for the virus.
Search for answers
Sogge, who still feels debilitating effects of COVID-19, is part of a group of people called “long-sufferers” – people whose side effects from COVID-19 persist and can make everyday tasks a tough challenge. According to UC Davis Health, researchers estimate that approx. 10% of coronavirus patients become long-distance transporters.
The long-term symptoms and their severity vary. Marina Oshana, professor emeritus of philosophy at UC Davis, said in a December webcast from the university that her long-term side effects have been fatigue and breathing problems.
The condition affects both young and old, from otherwise healthy people to those with underlying disorders. It may affect those hospitalized with COVID-19 in patients with mild symptoms.
Sogge eventually came to California with his father to seek care when it was no longer possible to live alone. (In some of her most serious moments, Sogge said she was so weak she had to crawl across her floor to answer the door.) Once in the Sacramento area, she was referred to an ever-shaping UC Davis Health Clinic set up for to help and learn about people like her.
Doctors at the Post-COVID-19 Clinic examine those who have survived the virus but suffer persistent symptoms that may include difficulty breathing, heart problems, fatigue, neurological concerns and more. Their goal is to find answers to why some people who get the virus experience side effects that last for several months.
For Sogge, her main long-term symptoms have been difficulty breathing and chest pain along with fatigue and not being able to think clearly.
While at the clinic, doctors performed a series of tests and searched for answers to Sogge’s condition. They also developed a personal care plan for Sogge. Now back in Arizona, she says she continues to use the treatment plan that UC Davis Health gave her.
“I’m still limited to 90% of the things I would have been able to do before I became COVID. I would love to be able to go out and take a walk around my house. I certainly know I can not do that today, ”she said.
As with Sogge and others, doctors have not yet been able to determine why her life in particular was turned upside down by COVID-19. For most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
“A common theory about patients with chronic COVID-19 symptoms is that the virus may remain in their bodies in some small form. Another theory is that their immune system continues to overreact even after the infection has passed,” said UC Davis. Health in an article from December.
Sogge is not sure how she got the virus. The only memory sticking out of her mind is going to a gas station and encountering someone who was not wearing a mask.
She said she hopes sharing her story motivates people to listen to science when it comes to wearing facewear and social distance. She also hopes she helps others become more aware of the potential long-term effects of the virus that do not result in death.
“It is not a double choice to be alive and healthy or dead from COVID. That’s not what we’re talking about here, “she said. We talk about all the messy stuff in between that the long distances face, where yes, your life may not be over, but it can change in ways that are hard to imagine and absolutely haunt to experience. ”
Sogge says support from his family, friends and online groups has been key. And with so many people researching COVID-19, she hopes someone will one day be able to give her answers.
“There’s so much research into this disease. There’s so much attention to it right now, it’s such a high priority for so many different countries that I hope one day they will be able to figure it out. ” she said.
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