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The Cognitive FX Blog

Your source for everything you need to know about traumatic brain injury and concussions.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Physical Therapy for Long COVID: Does It Help?

Long COVID symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain, poor endurance, and respiratory problems can have a significant impact on your daily routine. Some long COVID patients’ symptoms are so severe that they need a reduced work schedule or are no longer working due to their illness. Persistent symptoms can follow both mild COVID and cases that required treatment in the ICU.

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COVID  |  Education & Resources

Yes, COVID Affects the Nervous System (& What to Do About It)

COVID-19 can affect the autonomic and central nervous systems. It can affect organ systems directly through infection or indirectly via dysfunction in the nervous system. That means a host of crazy-sounding symptoms — such as blood pressure changes, memory and attention issues, and gastrointestinal upset — are possible during and after COVID. But many of the lingering, post-COVID symptoms are related to nervous system dysfunction.

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COVID  |  Education & Resources

Vision Problems After COVID: Causes and Treatment

When most people think of COVID-19 symptoms, they often recall the most common acute symptoms: brain fog, sore throat, congestion, headaches, and the like. What many don’t know is that long COVID can affect your vision for months after contracting the illness.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Yes, COVID Can Cause Long-Term Problems. Here's What to Do.

Long COVID is real. Data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the Household Pulse Survey (July/August 2022) show that more than 40% of adults in the United States have had COVID-19, and nearly one in three of them (approximately 30%) experience symptoms for more than three months after their original acute infection. Not all patients with long COVID are severely affected, but the report estimates that two to four million Americans are currently unable to work because of persistent COVID symptoms. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Memory Loss after COVID-19: Causes and Treatment

Memory and attention problems are common in long COVID patients: A recent study showed that 70% of COVID long haulers experience memory and concentration difficulties for months after their initial disease. If you’re one of them, you might struggle to focus on work, forget where you left your keys, struggle to remember an acquaintance’s name, or space out unintentionally during a conversation. 

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Mild COVID Linked to Brain Damage: What That Means for You

COVID-19 can cause cognitive symptoms in some patients, such as short-term memory loss, difficulties concentrating, problems recalling words, and brain fog (a condition known as long COVID). While most initial studies focused on patients hospitalized with severe COVID symptoms, it became apparent that most long COVID patients developed their condition after only a mild case of COVID. 

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Natural Treatment for COVID Long-Haulers: Know Your Options

More than 20 million Americans have lingering symptoms that can be described as long COVID (or “post-COVID conditions”), but doctors and scientists are still researching why it develops. As a result, these patients often struggle to get a diagnosis and find a suitable treatment for their condition. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Long COVID Headache Treatments (Beyond Medication)

If you’ve been experiencing headaches for weeks, or even months, after your initial COVID infection, you are not alone. Headaches are one of the most common neurological symptoms being experienced by COVID-19 long-haulers, and some patients even experience daily, persistent headaches. But they’re often just one of many symptoms long COVID patients report. Other common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, gastrointestinal issues, and more. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources  |  Youth

Long COVID in Children is Real and It Can Be Treated

When the pandemic started, we were told that children wouldn’t be seriously affected by the virus. And while most children only experience a mild version of the disease, evidence shows that some children are at risk of developing persistent symptoms after their initial COVID-19 infection. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Post-COVID Skin Rashes, Weight Gain, Body Odor, and More

More than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the list of symptoms caused by the virus keeps getting longer. In addition to the most common symptoms of a persistent dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath, many patients experience an array of seemingly random body changes both during and after the acute phase of the disease. We’ll discuss a number of them, including but not limited to:

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Yes, Long COVID Can Cause POTS and Dysautonomia

Your heart races when you stand. You hate the dizzy spells. Your head hurts, you’re exhausted, and you can’t think clearly like you used to. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

How Long Fatigue Lasts after COVID and How to Recover | Cognitive FX

Fatigue is a common symptom of viral infection, and having fatigue with a COVID-19 infection is no exception. But the severity and longevity of that fatigue is what sets COVID-19 apart from the common cold or even the flu. You might…

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

What to Do When Long COVID Causes Erectile Dysfunction

Many patients have heard of the most common long-term effects of COVID-19: symptoms such as breathing issues, brain fog, and constant fatigue. But there is mounting evidence that COVID-19 may also affect sexual health negatively in both men and women. Men who hadn’t previously had problems of this nature have started developing erectile dysfunction (ED) after their COVID-19 infection. 

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COVID  |  Education & Resources

Eight long-haul symptoms of COVID-19

Most people who get infected with the coronavirus recover within a few weeks. However, some continue to experience symptoms weeks or even months after they are infected. They have what are known as long-haul symptoms of COVID-19. As such, they are sometimes called COVID-19 long-haulers. Sometimes, even patients who had a mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infection can become long-haulers.

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Brain Injury Awareness  |  Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Patient Stories

How This Family of Eight Overcame Long COVID Symptoms

You’d think a family of eight with the foresight to pull their children out of school earlier than the rest of the nation would be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, seven out of the eight family members contracted the coronavirus at the very beginning of the pandemic, back when testing was frustratingly difficult to obtain, and our knowledge about the disease was limited.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

How Long COVID Shortness of Breath Lasts & What to Do about It

While recovering from COVID-19, you may find yourself getting breathless easily from activities that didn’t used to tire you, like carrying laundry or walking up the stairs. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Post COVID Brain Fog Treatment: How to Think Clearly Again

If you’ve been feeling fuzzy-headed and have been struggling to concentrate since you’ve had COVID-19, you’re not alone. Even months after the disease, some patients still can’t shake the feeling that their brain is lost in a maze. Many describe it as walking through a fog, unable to see where they’re going. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

How COVID-19 affects the brain

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests some COVID-19 patients will experience neurological signs or symptoms of the infection. Genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been found in the cerebrospinal fluid of a person with COVID-19. And the virus has been found in the brain tissue of patients who died of COVID-19, which suggests it can affect the nervous system.

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

How We Found a Viable Treatment for COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Even after you've recovered from the acute symptoms of COVID-19, you might find yourself struggling with short-term memory loss, concentration issues, and other cognitive symptoms. If it's been weeks (or even months) since you had COVID-19, it can feel like there is no reason why you should still feel this way. These lingering symptoms after initial recovery from COVID-19 have become known as “long COVID” and can have a debilitating effect on your life. 

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Brain Safety & Care  |  COVID  |  Education & Resources

Heightened Anxiety Over COVID-19: How Our Bodies Perceive Threats

It should come as no surprise that COVID-19 — both the illness itself and all the situational changes that come with the coronavirus pandemic — is messing with our minds. Many people are experiencing heightened anxiety in response to the pandemic, and not just people who have experienced anxiety before.

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