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Long Covid & Post Covid 19 Support

If you’re frustrated or anxious because conventional medical doctors are unable to help you find answers, it’s time for a change. Studies show that underlying issues like inflammation and poor gut health may worsen and sustain COVID-related symptoms but are often overlooked by conventional medical doctors. We are here to help you uncover and repair your body’s ecosystem to be less susceptible to COVID-19 and long-term symptoms.

Our expert functional medicine practitioners support COVID “long-haulers,” or PASC patients (post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2), through personalized plans that account for your complete medical history. We perform a series of labs to identify your issues, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

At Infinity Wellness Center, we are experts on how the body functions and how to restore and rebuild each organ system, allowing the body to heal.
Explore our COVID-19 resources, best practices, and answers to frequently asked questions below.

We’re Accepting New Patients

You deserve personalized care and support no matter where you live. We offer telehealth visits for you to experience our unique approach to COVID-19 recovery from the comfort of your home. In-person appointments are available at our wellness center in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Wards’ Covid Experience

In this heartfelt plea, Dr. Tenesha Wards shares her personal story about contracting Covid-19, and divulges the motivation behind her desire for people to discover any hidden underlying health concerns. Dr. Wards helpfully imparts her knowledge about what can be done from an integrative standpoint in preparation for contracting Covid-19.

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Post-Covid Syndrome

We are seeing a pattern of patients coming in who have overcome COVID-19, but are suffering from lingering symptoms. This is being referred to as “Post-Covid Syndrome.”

Post-Covid Syndrome symptoms we are seeing are:

  • Unrelenting Fatigue (even 3-4 months later)
  • Depression
  • POTS
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurological Issues
  • GI Issues
  • Many more

These patients state these sporadic issues were not present before contracting COVID. People suffering from these post COVID symptoms are calling themselves “long haulers”. Long haulers have been recognized by Dr Fauci, but as of right now, no one is 100% sure what to do to help them.

“They may or may not have to have been in the hospital, but when their virus is cleared, they go for weeks, if not months—and we might not even know how long, because we’re only eight months into it—but they go for several weeks or even a few months with a constellation of symptoms that are consistent in this group of individuals.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and member of the Coronavirus Task Force, said at yesterday’s American University’s “The Kennedy Political Union Presents, Dr. Anthony Fauci” seminar.

“The trouble with that is when people say that people say, well, this is neurosis, it’s psychiatric,” says Fauci. “But then all of a sudden, when you get scores and scores and scores of people who start complaining to their physicians, you gotta take it seriously. So in that regard, we’re doing a big study to look at post COVID, recovered people, to find out just what the incidence, the prevalence, and just what the pathophysiological mechanisms are. But it’s a real phenomenon. It’s not people that are a little, you know, neurotic. It’s a real phenomenon.”

Sadly these patients are not getting much relief from their mainstream doctors. These patients are no longer testing as having a positive/active COVID infection, and only about half are showing COVID antibodies, so there’s not a lot traditional medicine can do for them. Some are even being written off as “nothing is really wrong” or “it’s all in their head”. These patients are finding us and ending up in our office.

I imagine they are googling things like “chronic fatigue”, “stomach problems”, “headaches” etc., so we are doing what we always do: finding, and correcting what we find to be, the root cause. Following our Infinity Wellness System, we:

  • Repair the Gut
  • Detoxify the Liver
  • Restore Alkaline pH to the tissue to ensure your body has the basic sources of fuel
  • Repair the Endocrine System (thyroid, adrenals, hormones)
  • Eliminate Chronic Infections – Lyme DiseaseEBV, other viruses
  • Address each organ system one at a time in the right order to heal

We are seeing people, thankfully, improve. However, we are also running functional medicine tests and seeing other ailments that have popped up since contracting COVID, like autoimmunity and infections such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Lyme Disease.

We’ve seen other viruses such as the flu do this, it’s called post-viral syndrome. Other viruses often trigger an Autoimmune disorder called Thyroiditis / Hashimoto’s that affects the thyroid gland. This concept of a virus triggering other ailments is not new.
What we have learned about long hauler symptoms, it appears they are due to post-viral syndrome from COVID, and/or if the severity of having coronavirus causes the body to become an opportunistic time for other underlying issues to express like Autoimmunity.
Also, this virus is stressful enough on the body to cause genetic defects like the MTHFR gene (affects detox and energy production), or the GAD gene (affects anxiety), or the NOS2 gene (fights infections) to express/turn on.
We are finding significant genetic defects in patients that are long haulers as we test them. Is this what is making
them susceptible to being a long hauler? My gut tells me it’s probably a mixture of all the above.
The good news is, that when we find and fix the other underlying issues, we are seeing Post Covid long-hauler patients make a full recovery and get their lives back!

Improving Your Immune System in General

Here are Dr. Wards’ top supplements and suggestions to help boost your immunity:

  • Cut out processed foods/sugar.
  • Exercise daily. (Walking counts)
  • Run blood labs and address any underlying issues that make you vulnerable.
  • Check your gut – 80% of your immune system is in your Gut lining! Are you on a probiotic? Do you have leaky gut?
  • Stop Smoking.
  • A lungs health supplement like N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) or nitric oxide to help with lung inflammation.
  • An antiviral – zinc, pau d’arco extract, garlic, monolaurin, or oregano.
  • Antioxidants that eat free radicals such as Vitamin D and Vitamin C
  • An anti-inflammatory like Vitamin D or glutathione
  • An adrenal support supplement to help manage cortisol and stress

To learn more about what more you can do to boost your immune system and be best prepared for inevitable opportunistic pathogens, please consider scheduling an appointment to discover hidden, underlying causes that could be lurking in your body unbeknownst to you by clicking here.

Post-COVID-19 Care with Dr. Wards

COVID-Long Hauler

Long haul COVID sufferer wearing a mask

Jessica is a COVID “long-hauler”; someone who experiences symptoms far after the typical two-week window of illness associated with COVID-19. After suffering from COVID-19 symptoms for almost 2 months with no guidance from conventional doctors, Jessica knew something had to change. With the help of Dr. Wards, she is on the road to recovery.

What COVID-19 symptoms have you been dealing with?

My first COVID-19 symptom on June 15th, 2020 was GI upset, one of my top 3 worst symptoms next to brain fog and fatigue. I experienced diarrhea 4-5 times every day for the first 5 weeks of my long COVID journey.

I began seeing my cardiologist two months into my journey due to stabbing pain, chest pressure chest tightness, heart palpitations, crippling fatigue, confusion and more.

How did Dr. Wards improve your symptoms?

For my GI issues, Dr. Wards studied the results of my bloodwork and genetics report and discovered I don’t have the gene mutation making me intolerant to histamine (a compound involved in immune responses) like we thought. Instead, I had issues with methylation, detoxification, and inflammation.

Additionally, the tests showed hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) which results in impaired digestion and nutrient absorption. Dr. Wards hypothesized that I didn’t have an intolerance to histamine, but I have a problem getting rid of it.

We healed my gut by staying with a low-histamine diet. After a week, I integrated an anti-inflammatory diet and added new low-inflammatory, higher-histamine foods. We started at the end of August, and by Mid-December it was healed.

How was your experience at Infinity Wellness Center different than experiences with other doctors?

Long-haulers like me are being gaslit by doctors. I struggled to find doctors who heard of a long-hauler or long COVID and doctors shrugging their shoulders at me was traumatizing.

So far, Infinity Wellness is the only place that examined me in person, studied my medical history, and provided practical treatment based on science. The appointments are longer than the typical 15-minute doctor visit, too. Dr. Wards is discovering issues on a cellular level and fixing them.

What is your on-going treatment plan?

Dr. Wards recommended a supplement regimen because of my lab results and tailored them to fit my specific needs.

FAQs

What is PASC?

PASC is an acronym for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection. People who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus and continue to exhibit symptoms for 28 days or longer are considered to have PASC.

What is a “long-hauler” when it comes to COVID-19?

A COVID-19 “long-hauler” is someone who has symptoms of the infection for at least 28 days or longer. “Long-hauler” is the common name for those with PASC.

Research from the CDC showed that 35% of people with a COVID-19 infection experience symptoms for at least two or three weeks, so anyone continuing to have symptoms past that time is looked at as a long-hauler. Many PASC patients still struggle with symptoms 6 to 8 months, or longer, after their initial infection.

Who gets PASC?

As far as researchers know now, there is no one type of person who is more likely to suffer from long-term COVID-19 symptoms and issues, though some doctors say they are seeing far more females showing such symptoms.

According to research by the Mayo Clinic, older people and those with other serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms. However, the research shows that young, otherwise healthy people have also reported feeling ill for weeks to months after infection.

We are finding common threads in PASC patients of specific genetic defects (including the MTHFR gene and AO1C3 gene), other underlying infections, and a history of autoimmunity.

What are the symptoms?

The most commonly reported long-term symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

Other reported long-term symptoms include:

  • Difficulty with thinking and concentration (sometimes referred to as “brain fog” or “COVID brain”)
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Intermittent fever
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

While there are more serious symptoms and complications reported in long-haulers, they appear to be rare. The most serious complications seen so far include:

  • Cardiovascular: inflammation of the heart muscle, longer lasting episodes of POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
  • Respiratory: lung function abnormalities
  • Renal: acute kidney injury
  • Dermatologic: rash, hair loss
  • Neurological: smell and taste problems, sleep issues, difficulty with concentration, memory problems
  • Psychiatric: depression, anxiety, changes in mood

Where can I get help for PASC or post-COVID recovery?

We are supporting long-haulers as we always do: identifying and correcting what we believe to be the root cause. Following our Infinity Wellness way, we:

  • Repair the gut
  • Complete Genetic Testing and nutrigenomic support where needed
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Restore Alkaline pH to the tissue to ensure your body has the basic sources of fuel
  • Repair the endocrine system (thyroid, adrenals, hormones)
  • Eliminate chronic infections
  • Address each organ system one at a time in the right order to heal

We are seeing our long-hauler patients improve and return back to “normal.”

We also run functional medicine tests and see other ailments that have popped up since contracting COVID, like autoimmunity and infections such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Lyme Disease.

We do not claim to be experts on PASC and post-COVID symptoms for long-haulers (no one can be at this time), but we are experts in how to reveal healing in the body.

What supplements should I take for PASC?

Well, that depends on what we find in your lab testing. Here’s what we recommend when appropriate for post-COVID symptoms and to boost immunity to inhibit infection. Do not take these without the supervision and testing of your natural health care practitioner.

*Please note, this is not medical advice. If you think you have an illness including COVID-19, please get tested and see your doctor for treatment. The treatment may include staying at home and isolating or going to the hospital for severe symptoms.

Antiviral herbs to boost the immune system and allow the body to attack viral pathogens, like:

  • Pau D’ Arco
  • Garlic – highly effective helping rid some of the most common and rarest infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush and herpes.
  • Astragalus
  • Beta glucans 
  • Oregano 
  • Nitric Oxide (NO) NO inhibits viral protein and RNA synthesis. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that NO generated by inducible nitric oxide synthase, an enzyme that produces NO, inhibits the SARS CoV replication cycle.(10)

Supplements for lung support and/or to reduce inflammation in the lungs:

  • Quercetin – It thins mucus in the lungs, reduces lung inflammation and improves lung function.
  • NAC – n-acetyl cysteine can relieve symptoms of respiratory conditions by acting as an antioxidant and expectorant, loosening mucus in your air passageways. NAC helps reduce inflammation in your bronchial tubes and lung tissue. (3)

Probiotics and gut repair supplements to support your immunity (80% of your immune system is in the gut):

  • Probiotics
  • L-glutamine – for Gut Repair / Restore

Adrenal support to fight fatigue and anxiety and maintain emotional balance:

  • Rhodiola – this is a great herb if you are in fight or flight and in panic, can’t sleep, etc
  • Ginseng – For exhaustion and lethargy

Antioxidants to support your immune system, such as:

  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defense mechanisms against respiratory pathogens. Population-based studies showing an association between circulating vitamin D levels and lung function. (13)
  • Vitamin C – vitamin C shows in vivo antiviral immune responses at the early time of infection, especially against influenza virus, through increased production.  Overall, reported flu and cold symptoms in the test group decreased 85% compared with the control group after the administration of megadose Vitamin C. (14) (15)
  • Zinc
  • Glutathione
  • Reishi Immune – Reishi contains unique, rare polysaccharides which have been proven to increase the RNA and DNA in the bone marrow, where the body makes B cells. Studies show that it promotes both B cells and T cells, specialized cells that are a critical part of the immune system.

Where can I get more information on PASC and post-COVID syndrome?

Post-COVID syndrome research is adapting at a fast rate. We reference these health institutions for science-based data.

  • CDC
  • Mount Sinai
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mayo Clinic

See the References section at the bottom of this page for more links to research in this article.

How can I reduce transmission of COVID-19?

We highly recommend following CDC guidelines by wearing a mask, distancing, and gathering outdoors. We also suggest:

  • Wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 30 seconds, often.
  • Stay home when you’re sick, unless you need urgent medical attention.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow – we call this the vampire cough in our house (try it and you’ll see why).
  • Use a Netipot to irrigate your nose.
  • Stay away from and keep your distance from sick people the best you can.
  • Use this COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool to evaluate your interactions and make smart choices.

What about Epstein-Barr Virus?

Several studies have found a link between COVID and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). The results are showing a pattern of EBV reactivation caused by a COVID infection.

Stress levels have also been linked to the duration and intensity of reactivated EBV infections, and may contribute the the symptoms experienced during a COVID infection.

Long COVID (or Post-COVID Syndrome or “PASC” post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2) is characterized by symptoms from an initial COVID infection lasting longer than 28 days. Also known as “long-haulers”, the 30% of people report ongoing symptoms after a primary COVID infection. Symptoms can range from fatigue and joint pain to POTS and brain fog, and even more severe symptoms present as dysfunction in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological systems, and more.

If your COVID symptoms seem worse than expected, or lingering symptoms are causing distress to your daily life, we should consider testing for EBV reactivation and treating EBV.

Learn more about our support for EBV here.

COVID-19 Resources

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The Epstein-Barr Virus & COVID Connection

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