Long COVID symptoms are estimated to affect 2.8% of the UK population or 1.8 million of us. Long COVID is more than just feeling a bit tired or a bit off par after the acute phase has subsided. For some like myself who were admitted to hospital, the chronic symptoms are not intrusive – I still have a slight change in my sense of smell and I am unable to smell certain things at all, but really that is all. By comparison to others I have got off very lightly.
For some people, the symptoms are totally life altering and debilitating. Affected individuals find their bodies are changed profoundly, often with strange and seemingly unconnected symptoms such as tiredness and ‘brain fog’, sleep disturbance, mood alteration, fatigue, muscle aches/pains and even inexplicable volatility with pre-existing conditions.
Alarmingly I have recently spoken to a psychologist who is working in a mainstream long COVID health setting where the only approach is to make patients ‘come to terms’ with and accept their symptoms.
Clearly when you have been very ill and dealing with long term health issues you potentially have complex psychological needs, needing a psychological approach but this seems like a one size fits all symptoms approach.
PBM Therapy has been scientifically proven to treat your cells at the biochemical level and new early case study evidence is being published (see below) showing PBM Therapy helping complex symptoms not just psychologically you coming to terms and enduring them.