and this is why we need to stop thinking about it primarily as a lung disease.
I hear Lung Doctors say - "We don't see much on the X-rays in Long Covid."
The Rheumatologists say - "We don't see raised inflammation on the blood tests in Long Covid."
The Cardiologists say - "We don't see much myocarditis in Long Covid and when we do its mild."
"The GPs say" - We see lots of odd chest pain after Covid but we don't really know what it is.
The Media say - "Covid is mild, Long Covid is a mystery and we don't know what causes it or how to treat it."
I say, covid is a virus that causes vascular damage and inflammation. I say the "odd chest pain" is not a mystery and neither is Long Covid.
Why do I say that?
We now know that the blood tests we do in the NHS only show a tiny % of the immune system. We are testing the wrong markers. In studies Interleukins and Cytokines ARE raised!
Clinical characteristics with inflammation profiling of long COVID and association with 1-year recovery following hospitalisation in the UK: a prospective observational study - The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
SARS - Covid19 causes inflammation. No mystery.
Covid causes Microclots - with Amyloid!
Yes amyloid. They block capillaries and reduce oxygenation. Here is a photo of a patient's blood before Covid & afterwards when they got Long Covid - showing new microclots.
Persistent clotting protein pathology in Long COVID/Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) is accompanied by increased levels of antiplasmin | Cardiovascular Diabetology | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)
The Science shows it:
Why is it not front page headlines?
Why hasn’t our health secretary mentioned it? Why doesn’t your Doctor know about it? Why don’t they know that ‘normal’ bloods in Covid don’t test the whole immune system and for microclots? These would be good questions
#LongCovid is a post viral illness. Therefore it has not surprised me today to see the pre-print showing the same microclots in #MECFS https://researchsquare.com/article/rs-1727226/v1 This will not show up in blood tests done currently for #MECFS or #LongCovid resulting in ‘but your bloods are normal’
Hopefully this post might convince you Covid is more than a cold. That Covid causes vascular complications. That doing the usual tests won’t show you the problem. That when you apply cutting edge science to medicine you find answers.
"Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur"
Michael J. Fox