Post-Covid-19 autonomic nervous disorder – VnExpress

Feelings of restlessness, anxiety, memory loss, cold limbs, fatigue, palpitations, shortness of breath… are all symptoms of post-Covid-19 autonomic disorders.

The body has two nervous systems, active (animal) and passive (vegetative). While the animal nervous system determines conscious activities, while the autonomic nervous system is involved in the contraction of the heart, lungs, sweat glands… even when the body is asleep, drunk or otherwise conscious. Autonomic nervous system disorders affecting the body’s automatic functions including heart rate, blood pressure, perspiration and digestion… This is an increasingly common disease, although it does not affect the body. life, but it has a great impact on daily life.

Doctor Nguyen Huy Hoang, Vietnam – Russia Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, Vietnam Russia Tropical Center, Ministry of National Defense, said that the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy appeared during the course of the patient being treated for Covid-19. 19. This condition can be prolonged and complicated for several weeks or even months after a negative F0.

Autonomic disorders have many groups of symptoms. At first, the patient feels restless, anxious, emotional, and has trouble sleeping. This situation is quite common when having Covid-19 and some “unnecessarily emotional” situations after being negative.

Secondly, people who have recovered from Covid-19 are also prone to experiencing symptoms of lack of blood to the brain such as heaviness in the head, lightheadedness, floating walking, lack of confidence, especially memory loss and poor concentration. In the third group, patients are easily tired, lose strength, weak limbs when working and exercising. In many cases, there is a feeling of weakness in the limbs and it goes away after a short time. The fourth group of symptoms is cold feet and hands, but sweating profusely. Many cases of sleeping at night wet the back and chest.

Some people also have symptoms of palpitations, palpitations, sobbing, accompanied by choking, difficulty breathing. Doctors think that these are problems related to contractility disorders of the heart and bronchi.

After Covid-19, patients may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, especially those who have had this disease before. Women also experience menstrual irregularities, hair loss, and worsening of skin due to a lack or disorder of hormones. Menstrual cycles are long, short, or even missed for several months.

A doctor treats and takes care of people with Covid-19 at the Covid-19 Resuscitation Center at Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, September 13. Photo: Quynh Tran

Doctors believe that two common Covid-19 complications are an inflammatory reaction and blood clotting when it spreads from the lungs to the whole body, leading to a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. In addition, Covid-19 not only attacks the lungs, but also affects the nervous system, nerve transmission, damage and inflammation.

Treatment of post-Covid-19 vegetative disorders by trying to exercise gently, regularly and moderately, adjust the diet, eat a lot of fruits, fish, foods rich in antioxidants.. Supplement with vitamins, omega 3, zinc, vitamin D, minerals or some products to help reduce stress such as sedatives with herbal ingredients, enhance brain circulation.

One possible method to treat this condition is hyperbaric oxygenation. The patient is put into a pure oxygen chamber with about 1.5-2 times higher pressure than usual, helping oxygen to be better distributed to tissues and organs.

Psychotherapy is also a way to treat autonomic nervous disorders. Activities that bring pleasant feelings such as painting, listening to music, gardening, cooking… The doctor said that, if treated well, the symptoms of autonomic nervous system disorders will be fine after about 3 -4 weeks.

Thuy Quynh