During the darkest days of her Long Covid battle, Leigh Kennedy feared she may never get the assistance she wanted to recover.
And at one level the beforehand match and wholesome mum even thought she might be affected by a type of dementia, as she suffered a thriller set of debilitating signs, that even medical doctors have been unable to diagnose.
But after doing her personal analysis on-line Leigh found that she is likely one of the 1000’s of individuals affected by what has now been recognised as ‘Long Covid’, a situation which leaves individuals with tough symptons months after contracting coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has in the present day warned of the hazards of Long Covid, because the NHS releases a brand new movie concerning the situation.
And now as she tells of her aid that medical doctors and the Government are lastly beginning to discuss concerning the situation that turned her life the other way up, Leigh has revealed her fears that she may never fully recover.
The 39-year-old, from North Shields, mentioned: “It’s nonetheless there, I do not assume I’ll ever fully recover. I believe I’ll solely make an 80% restoration, and I do not assume I’ll ever be the identical as I used to be.”
Leigh, who runs her personal magnificence salon, started affected by excessive fatigue, complications and shortness of breath again in March, simply because the nation went into coronavirus lockdown.
But regardless of needing to name paramedics in the midst of the evening when she was struggling to breath she was never examined for the virus.
As the weeks went on Leigh grew to become increasingly more sick, with a variety of signs together with weak muscle tissue, extreme limb ache, dizziness, pins and needles and swollen lips, for which her GP might discover no trigger.
And it was even steered she is likely to be affected by anxiousness, and her sickness was all in her thoughts.
But as her signs worsened single mum or dad Leigh started to concern she was severely sick.
She even taught her son Chayse, now seven, tips on how to dial 999 and made him memorise their deal with.
In May Leigh was referred for an emergency MRI scan, however medics have been nonetheless uncertain what was the reason for her sick, so she started in search of solutions herself on-line.
Leigh got here throughout the work of Professor Paul Garner, from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, who had suffered comparable signs himself, and all of the sudden all the things fell into place and started researching different sufferers affected by ongoing sickness after contracting coronavirus. And after becoming a member of a Facebook group referred to as ‘The Long Haulers’ she shortly realised she was not alone.
She advised her GP who agreed that is in all probability what was occurring to Leigh.
“Since my GP labored out what it was they’ve run assessments for each symptom I’ve obtained,” she defined. “I’ve been out and in of hospital so many occasions over the previous few months and I’ve been referred to a Covid clinic. I’ve had huge help off my GP.
“I believe as a result of a whole lot of medical doctors did not know what was occurring they have been fast to say it was one thing else. My GP has been so understanding. With all the things I say her she is studying extra about it.
Long Covid has since been recognised as a significant issue dealing with 1000’s of individuals within the UK, by each medical doctors and the Government.
Today new analysis from King’s College London has revealed that the situation impacts round 10% of 18 to 49-year-olds who contract coronavirus. And researchers have mentioned girls usually tend to undergo than males. The scientists have now developed a device to foretell who is likely to be affected and may benefit from early remedy
The NHS has additionally launched a brand new video to boost consciousness of Long Covid, wherein victims describe their battles with the sickness.
Mr Hancock mentioned: “I’m conscious about the lasting and debilitating influence Long Covid can have on individuals of all ages, regardless of the seriousness of the preliminary signs. The findings from researchers at King’s College London are stark and this ought to be a pointy reminder to the general public – together with to younger individuals – that Covid-19 is indiscriminate and may have long-term and probably devastating results.
“The extra individuals take dangers by assembly up in giant teams or not social distancing, the extra the broader inhabitants will undergo, and the extra circumstances of Long Covid we’ll see.”
Leigh is now again at work and feeling extra like her outdated self.
But greater than six months after she first grew to become sick she continues to be experiencing signs.
“It hasn’t gone away fully. I’m nonetheless not how I used to be, however I’m so significantly better than I used to be in April,” she mentioned. “I’m again at work now, though it isn’t been as busy because it was- and that is a great factor.
“There’s days once I stand up and I do know I’m nonetheless not proper and I actually battle.”